As you know, I am a loyal Aegean flyer and use their miles exclusively for flying business class between the US and Europe (for only 45,000 miles one way, that is a nice deal!).
Star Alliance Partner Awards Now Bookable Online With Aegean Miles
Today, they have finally added the feature that lets you book Star Alliance partner awards online! Before, it had to be done over the phone.
To me, that was never a big deal. First of all, their agents speak English and I have found the process to be somewhat quick with most awards only taking me about 5 minutes to book (since I already have my award route in mind and know the availability). But, being able to do this online is definitely a great thing for people that do not want to phone in.
What To Know About Booking Partner Awards Online
There is one little thing for people that may be booking flights that would include travel in Greece – the system currently will not let you proceed as a single ticket if there are Aegean/Olympic flights that would be in the search as well. You would have to book those separately (or call in).
But, for all other Star Alliance partner awards, you can now book them online. During a couple of searches to compare to the actual cost for things like fuel surcharges, they do seem to have all the fees loaded into the system the right way.
- You need to have the required miles for the award to see the options
- You cannot search on routes that have Aegean/Olympic flights on the same route (phone in for those)
- Aegean does pass along fuel surcharges (also on the phone, just something to be aware of)
- to avoid, try booking with airlines like SAS, United, LOT, or booking awards departing Europe as they are cheaper than ex-US
- Also not exclusive to online – remember you get one connection on award tickets
Is This a Good Thing?
Aegean has one of the best award charts for business and first class on transatlantic flights with carriers like Lufthansa, Austrian, Swiss, Turkish, and more. They also have several sweet spots around the world that are pretty unique as well (2 Cool Awards with Aegean Miles – If You Can Book Them).
I think one of the things that has kept the award chart so user-friendly has been the fact that you need to call in (plus the fact that you only get one connection). I think the ability to book online is a great move by Aegean but I am not so sure if it is great for those of us that love their award chart.
Do I think they will have a devaluation? I think it is inevitable that it will happen at some point but I think it likely will not happen before next August. I don’t know if it will be due to this new feature or if this feature has been added in advance of a devaluation that is already planned.
In the meantime, at least you can now book those awards online!