Aegean Airlines is changing up their Miles & Bonus program next month. What used to be the easiest way to achieve Star Alliance Gold (and have access to hundreds of airline lounges worldwide) is finally bringing the program back to a more European (and Greek) centric program. There are still many ways to take advantage of it going forward, if you value the access, but it will not longer be a one-and-done type of qualifying.
Since the announcement of the changes, many people have been wondering what will happen to the cards that many of us carry that do not have an expiration date until 2016 or 2017. Obviously, our status will be rolled over into a status that will expire in November of 2015, but the question keeps popping up – what happens if we use our existing cards to access Star lounges after our actual status with Aegean end?
Unfortunately for all those who do not plan on re-qualifying, the news is not good. According to the news spot on their app, current members will be unable to request card replacements until after the switch in November at which point, all Aegean members will be receiving new cards. I spoke with a couple of people about that and, while they did not get specifics, they did say that the new card will have differences that will separate it from the current crop of cards. These new card updates will be sent to Star partners so the chances of being able to use an old card to slip in to a lounge are very, very low.
The good news is that now that Aegean’s app has a digital card, we should still have access to the lounges while waiting for the new cards to arrive. I can confirm that the card does work for some lounges outside of Aegean’s own lounges.