I’m in the midst of booking a family trip to Greece for next summer (using miles of course). We plan to visit both Athens and one of the Greek Islands, and will be using miles from a couple different accounts to book on various Star Alliance partners. Given those parameters, one of my first thoughts was that we’d be able to fly Aegean between Athens and whichever island we go to – getting an extra part of the trip covered on the award ticket vs. having to figure out that leg separately. Unfortunately, it looks like that is going to be trickier than anticipated.
Aegean Doesn’t Release Award Space Far In Advance
Most airlines release their award space somewhere between ~330 to ~365 days out (11-12 months). Seats start to become available on most airlines as early as ~330-365 days out (11-12 months). For reasons I have yet to be able to figure out, Aegean only starts to release award space about 6 months out – so award tickets on Aegean are only bookable up until early April right now. I was kind of figuring this was the case, but it was confirmed for me when I came across this very useful post on FlyerTalk (in the BMI Diamond Club Forum of all places). Needless to say, I now need to rethink my plan.
Aegean May Be Merging With Olympic
The second thing I learned is that it looks as though Aegean’s plans to acquire Greece’s #2 airline, Olympic Air, are actually going to go through this time around. Via FlyerTalk again, this article has the details. Olympic actually has a more extensive domestic route network than Aegean, but Aegean has a much more extensive international route network. If it goes through, I would hope the new airline will remain a part of Star Alliance, and I’m curious to see which name they take. My initial expectation would’ve been Aegean, but apparently the previous merger talks suggested just the opposite.
I’ve never actually flown Aegean, so I’m curious to hear what others think of it. Anyone out there have an experience to share?