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 website, I was looking in March after four cheap flights from airport of Thessaloniki. After a good hour of Research, I found a very favorable combination to the Greek island of Chios. The Routing, which consisted of two separate flight tickets, then looked as follows:
- Monday 01. October 2018, at 17:25 to 18:15 PM: Thessaloniki to Athens, OA 121
- Monday 01. October 2018, at 20:05 to 20:50 at: Athens to Chios, OA 274
- Monday 01. October 2018, at 21:15 to 22:00 PM Chios to Athens, OA 275
- Monday 01. October 2018, at 23:15 to 00:10 a.m.: Athens to Thessaloniki, OA 136
The first Ticket cost 50,53 GBP and the second Ticket with 48,24 EUR is only slightly less. To extend for a total price of less than EUR 100, therefore, is a very acceptable Routing to the frequent flyer status for another year.
Flight 1: Thessaloniki to Athens
At 15:30, I started from our Hotel with the car in the direction of the airport of Thessaloniki. The car I put on a low-cost airport Parking, which is only a five minute walk away from the Terminal.
After I was able to bring the security control thanks to the Gold Track fast behind me, I visited the Aegean Business Lounge. This has been renovated since my last visit to the extensive and enlarged. Behind the reception, the Buffet and a Seating area to eat is now. In the direction of the glass front, with views of the apron, is a large area with armchairs. In between is a long Desk with power was installed terminals and PC's.
The biggest advantage of the Aegean Business Lounge in Thessaloniki is, however, that the Boarding is done directly from the Lounge. There are here at the airport, up to now, no passenger bridges, I left the Lounge via a staircase and was driven with the other guests to the plane. The Boarding of the Airbus A319 had begun at this time.
The flight to Athens was almost fully booked and was largely uneventful. Aegean Airlines offered on this short flight, only a drink and candy. The views of the Greek Islands was from my seat 14A, however, is terrific.
Flight 2: Athens to Chios
We landed on time in Athens. Unfortunately, I had to as a transfer passenger repeatedly through the security check. Thanks to the Fast Track that was done quickly. Through the lush of the Duty Free area, I made my way to the Aegean Business Lounge. These, too, had an extensive Makeover. There was a large Seating area, a long Buffet with very good selection of food & drinks and an area with tables and chairs. The most ingenious of the Board, however, was the car with the extensive range of spirits.
The Boarding call for flight 2 to Chios began with 15 minutes of delay. With a Bus we were on the run-up to a parked ATR 42 hazards. Suburban I noticed my Dilemma: A ATR 42 is not long like all the other passenger aircraft from the front, but the Join is only on the rear and only door possible. Since I've been in Chios and less than 30 minutes to get to Require time that would have been my reserved seat 2A is quite unfavorable. I joined as the last passenger in the machine, and saw that in series 13 no one was sitting. I assured me of a flight attendant and then took on 13A place. Just after that, I changed the seat for the return flight to Athens on 12A. If I leave my backpack after easy in the Luggage compartment? ;)
Flug 3: Chios or Athen
The airport of Chios is fortunately only a very small building. After my arrival I had to stand only on the left side of the building through a glass door, right through the security check and I was back to my departure gate. The Whole thing took place so quickly that I even had to wait 15 minutes to Boarding. A direct Turnaround is at the airport of Chios possible without any problems!
With a "Hello again!" I looked in the verdutze face of the flight attendant, and took on seat 12A, space. After just 21 minutes on the island of Chios, lifted the ATR 42 with me again in the direction of Athens. On the flight to Athens, there was a Snack and a candy. Drinks were distributed during the short flight.
After a bumpy landing, I landed for the last Time today in the airport of Athens. With the Bus it went from the apron back into the main terminal. The way into the Lounge I found quickly. This was also pleasantly empty, so I could make a few photos. Possibly there later still Lounge Review in a separate post.
Flug 4: Athen nach Thessaloniki
After a strong coffee and some Greek Goodies in the Lounge, I went to the departure gate B13. The 35-minute return flight to Thessaloniki proceeded without special incidents. Amazingly, this flight was fully booked, with a few places. Directly after my arrival at the Thessaloniki airport, I went straight to the rental car and reached after 45 minutes of our Hotel. A great and very time efficient Mileage Run!
A day later, all four flights to my Miles&Bonus listed account and my Star Alliance Gold Status extended for a further year.
Assessment of Aegean Airlines in Economy Class on short-haul flights
Aegean Airlines has already won several awards as the best regional airline in Europe. However, I was flights for my four domestic this time, not so convinced. It started with the fact that I should pay yourself as a Miles&Bonus Gold customer, for a seat in the front rows. The Service was friendly and fast. The offer of food and drinks, was certainly not in view of the short flight time, excellent.