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I am a big fan of Aegean Airlines. Not only do they have a pretty easy threshold for qualification for elite status (which, at the Gold level gives Star Alliance Gold) but they also have a very nice airline. Staff is courteous and the airplanes are great, especially for a regional airline.
The Most Laughable Airline Discount I Have Ever Had
Aegean Airlines And Their Elite Benefits
When they overhauled their elite program last year, they rebuilt it to give their regional members the greater amount of benefits. Because of the insanely easy path to “lifetime” Star Alliance Gold status (and with it free lounge access), they had an abundance of US-based flyers, many of whom had never even flown on their airline. When they refreshed the program, they gave several benefits to the flyers that would actually be using their airline – things like bonus award miles on paid Aegean flights, upgrade certificates for travel on Aegean, award discounts for certain routes/times, and 2 50% off discounts on domestic tickets.
50% Off Discount Codes
I have used some of all the new benefits from Aegean with the exception of the 50% off coupons. They only work on their domestic network (which is quite expansive) and tickets domestically are normally pretty cheap anyway (like $23 one way from Thessaloniki to Athens) so I have not really taken advantage of them yet. However, since I have a couple of short trips upcoming from Athens, I thought I would use the certificate to take one of my kids with me on one of the trips and another on another. Might as well use up those coupons before they expire, right? 🙂
The Big Discount Is…
I entered the unique voucher code for the 50% off discount and thought something must have been wrong. The discount showed as $0. What?! Yep, that was right – my coupon code, exclusive for Aegean’s top elites, had properly taken off $0 from my total.
What I had failed to take into consideration was the amount of taxes on the ticket. Of course I knew that the code only put a discount on the ticket price and not the fees/taxes/surcharges but I had thought they were higher than that. But, no, the actual ticket cost from Athens was only $0 per person so that was the limit of my discount.
Why The Discount Is … Really No Discount
Flying out of Athens is an expensive proposition when you consider the amount of taxes, fees, and surcharges built-in to the price of the ticket. That’s right, a $40 ticket and the $40 is actually taxes, fees, and surcharges.
Of course, if I avoid Athens, I can get some stronger value out of the certificate. It is just so funny to me that I am prepared to watch the cost drop significantly and only see a $4 reduction in price. Do I think the discount vouchers are useless? Absolutely not, but if you have them, just avoid having to fly out of Athens with it if you want to maximize the discount. These discounts can be stretched to save you some money but you just need to pick your places.
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