Aegean Airlines Mileage Run 2018 – Four missing segments to Gold status
Some may tell me mad to spend an afternoon during the annual leave in Greece with four flights. Clearly, for the majority, there is no sense in it, for 25 minutes to fly to the island of Chios. I do need these Mileage Run with Aegean Airlines to extend my frequent flyer status Star Alliance Gold for another year.
Aegean Airlines Mileage Run Routing
On the Aegean's website I was looking in March after four low-cost flights from the airport of Thessaloniki. After an hour of research, I found a very favorable combination of the Greek island of Chios. Routing, which consisted of two separate air tickets, then looked like this:
- Monday 01 October 2018 17:25 to 18:15: Thessaloniki to Athens OA 121
- Monday 01 October 2018 20:05 to 20:50: Athens to Chios, OA 274
- Monday 01 October 2018, 9:15 p.m. to 22:00: Chios to Athens OA 275
- Monday 01 October 2018 23:15 to 12:10: Athens to Thessaloniki, OA 136
The first ticket cost only slightly less 50.53 EUR and the second ticket with 48.24 EUR. For a total price of below 100 EUR so a very acceptable routing to the frequent flyer status to extend for another year.
Flight 1: Thessaloniki to Athens
At 15:30 I started from our hotel with the car rental in the airport of Thessaloniki. I put the car onto a low-cost airport parking lot, which was only five minutes walk from the terminal.
After I was able to bring through security thanks to Gold track quickly behind me, I visited the Aegean Business Lounge. This was extensively renovated since my last visit and enlarged. Behind the reception there is now the breakfast and a seating area for dining. Toward the glass wall facing the runway, a large area with armchairs arose. In between, a long desk with electricity connections and PCs was installed.
The biggest advantage of Aegean Business Lounge Thessaloniki, however, is that the boarding is carried out directly from the lounge. Because until now there is no airport passenger boarding bridges, I left the lounge via a staircase and was taken with the other guests to the aircraft. Boarding the A319 had already begun at this time.
The flight to Athens was nearly fully booked and went largely uneventful. Aegean Airlines offered on this short flight of just a drink and candy. The view of the Greek islands, however, was terrific from my seat 14A.
Flight 2: Athens to Chios
We landed on time in Athens. Unfortunately I had as a transfer passenger repeatedly through security. Thanks to the fast track but that was done quickly. Through the lush Duty Free area, I made my way to the Aegean Business Lounge. These, too, had experienced an extensive makeover. There was a large seating area, a long buffet with very good range of food & Beverages and an area with tables and chairs. but was brilliant the side car with the extensive range of spirits.
Das Boarding für Flug 2 nach Chios begann mit 15 Minuten Verspätung. Mit einem Bus wurden wir zur auf dem Vorfeld geparkten ATR 42 gefahren. Vorort bemerkte ich mein Dilemma: Eine ATR 42 wird nicht wie alle anderen Passagierflugzeuge von vorne geboardet, sondern das Einsteigen ist nur über die hintere und einzige Tür möglich. Da ich in Chios weniger als 30 Minuten zum Umsteigen zeit habe, wäre mein reservierter Sitz 2A ziemlich ungünstig gewesen. Ich stieg also als letzter Passagier in die Maschine und sah, dass in Reihe 13 noch niemand saß. Ich versicherte mich kurz bei der Flugbegleiterin und nahm dann auf 13A Platz. Just danach änderte ich auch noch den Sitz für den Rückflug nach Athen auf 12A. Ob ich meinen Rucksack nachher einfach schon im Gepäckfach lasse? ;)
Flight 3: Chios to Athens
The airport of Chios is fortunately only a very small building. After my arrival I had only on the left side of the building through a glass door, right through security and then I was back at my departure gate. The whole thing happened so quickly vonstatten that I had to wait 15 minutes for boarding even. A direct turnaround is therefore at the airport Chios without any problems!
With a "Hello again!" I looked into the face of verdutze flight attendant and took on seat 12A Place. After 21 minutes on the island of Chios, the ATR 42 raised again with me to Athens. On the flight to Athens, there was again a snack and candy. Drinks were not distributed during the short flight.
After a bumpy approach I ended the last time today at the airport of Athens. By bus we went from the apron back to the main terminal. The way to the lounge I now found quickly. This was empty also convenient, so I could take some pictures. There may be that later still Lounge Review in an extra contribution.
Flight 4: Athens to Thessaloniki
After a strong coffee and some Greek delicacies in the lounge, I went to the departure gate B13. The 35-minute flight back to Thessaloniki was uneventful. It was surprising that this flight was from a few places booked. Immediately after my arrival at Thessaloniki I went on a direct route to Car and reached after 45 minutes of our hotel. A great and very efficient time Mileage Run!
Just one day later, all four flights my Miles&Bonus account notes and my Star Alliance Gold status extended again for another year.
Review of Aegean Airlines Economy Class on short-haul flights
Aegean Airlines has already received several awards as the best regional airline in Europe. However, I was not so confident with my four domestic flights this time. It started with the fact that I myself as Miles&Bonus Gold customer should pay for a seat in the front rows. The service was friendly and fast. The range of food and drinks, was certainly considering the short flight time, not outstanding.