Aegean Airlines nolonger recognises Star Alliance Gold within Greece

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Taylor

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 19 Mar 2016

Total posts 52

Hi Chris.

After specifically booking with Aegean Airlines, yesterday I was informed at Athens airport that all internal flights within Greece are now operated by Olympic Air, which Aegean purchased in 2012.  

As Olympic Air is not a member of Star Alliance  (Aegean Airlines is) they no longer recognises other Star Alliance members or status. 

As the flight was Aegean hardware, the crew Aegean and the credit card charge was from Aegean, in your opinion and that of your readers is this not just a simple example of Aegean Airlines cost cutting against Star Alliance and is this a trend? 


PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

Aegean still operates domestic flights using both flight numbers. Your non-Aegean Star Alliance status will only be honored if you booked against the A3 flight number. It has been this way since they bought out Olympic Air, and while I'm not certain of the reasons it would not surprise me if it was due to labour contracts.


This is not really any different (from an alliance perspective) to the way in which Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are operated. Both have their own website and sell each others' flights as codeshares and/or interlined flights, however non-KrisFlyer Star Alliance members won't receive benefits on MI coded flights (regardless of whether it's a SQ operated flight).


The same thing with Thai Airways and Thai Smile, and to a lesser degree Lufthansa and Eurowings.

Last editedby PeterLoh at May 29, 2017, 09:24 AM.

Yanni

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

Member since 15 Jun 2016

Total posts 46

I flew Olympic last year and my *A Gold Status was honoured with priority baggage tags on check-in and boarding, as well as lounge access in Athens. This must be a new measure in place then? With which airline is your *A Gold associated with?

Taylor

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 19 Mar 2016

Total posts 52

Hi Peter and Yanni.


I am Gold with SQ.  
I should have noted that the Aegean staff were excellent and very clearly stated that its only internal flights within Greece.  If I was flying within Europe on Olympic my SQ status would be recognised.

krisdude

Air New Zealand - Airpoints

Member since 21 Jan 2016

Total posts 28

Olympic Air is a Star Alliance affiliate carriers, as its parent company Aegean Airlines is a full member.

So, Olympic would be honoring Star Alliance frequent flyer membership tiers and points accruals/usage.

Yanni

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

Member since 15 Jun 2016

Total posts 46

Taylor, I will be in Greece in a few weeks time taking a series of internal flights. Will keep you updated on this thread as to when (or when not) my *A Gold Status was recognised 

roby

Member since 21 Sep 2011

Total posts 2

Yes, all Greek domestic flights are now Olympic flights wet leasing Aegean aircraft and are no longer on the Star network. Even if you book with A3 flight number, it is still an A3 codeshare and your boarding pass will still show OA flight number. However, some international flights that are operated by Olympic are in fact Aegean wet leasing Olympic aircraft, hence counting as Star flights. 

Taylor

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

Member since 19 Mar 2016

Total posts 52

Yanni, Thank you.  I was just passing through Athens yesterday and one if the Athens station managers indicateted very strongly that Aegean will leave Star Alliance soon.  Unfortunately the Aegean staff have been told to tell other Star Alliance members that it will all be resolved next week and they have been saying this for months rather than saying how it really is.


Again Thank you, Taylor


Taylor, I will be in Greece in a few weeks time taking a series of internal flights. Will keep you updated on this thread as to when (or when not) my *A Gold Status was recognised 

Yanni

Aegean Airlines - Miles & Bonus

Member since 15 Jun 2016

Total posts 46

Thanks Taylor. Wow though...I would be very disappointed if Aegean left Star Alliance as I am a frequent visitor to Greece. Not sure if the Aegean staff are the most well-informed to make to communicate that to you, but nevertheless there may be cause for concern.

Yanni, Thank you.  I was just passing through Athens yesterday and one if the Athens station managers indicateted very strongly that Aegean will leave Star Alliance soon.  Unfortunately the Aegean staff have been told to tell other Star Alliance members that it will all be resolved next week and they have been saying this for months rather than saying how it really is.

Again Thank you, Taylor


Taylor, I will be in Greece in a few weeks time taking a series of internal flights. Will keep you updated on this thread as to when (or when not) my *A Gold Status was recognised 

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