In the news lately has been a lot about President Trump having discussed the possibility of buying Greenland. Denmark has said it is not for sale and a meeting that was to happen between the two of them has been postponed as a result. There, that’s enough of the politics on this – now let’s get to the award chart! 🙂
Greenland IS Part of North America – According to Airline Award Charts
Greenland is a place that is on my bucket list but it is not a very cheap place to get to. So, even though airplanes fly over it all the time, it is still a place that many people have not been too. It looks like a really beautiful place to visit and I would hope to do that at one point!
Award Charts and Greenland
There are two airlines that fly to Greenland and both of them are not in a major airline alliance. That means that we cannot use the normal miles we would have to fly to Greenland and lessen the cost of the ticket. However, that does not stop airlines from placing Greenland on their award charts. This happens many times with other countries as well that either do not have major airlines flying to them or an alliance does not have a partner flying to that location.
Actually, Greenland is part of the continent of North America, geographically speaking. As far as “ownership” it is part of the kingdom of Denmark. US airlines and others put Greenland into Europe for the sake of award charts.
But, with Lufthansa and Aegean and their award charts, Greenland is a part of North America. So, they got it right! Imagine if there were Star Alliance flights from Europe to Greenland! That would mean you could use 12,500 Aegean miles to fly from the US to Greenland – or just get off in Europe and not go to Greenland (though I would want to go to Greenland).
Given how close Greenland is to Canada, I wonder if there would be seasonal flights with Air Canada down the road? That would benefit different programs in different ways – United Airlines (which puts Greenland in Europe) would charge passengers going from Europe to Greenland (via Canada) just 25,000 miles for business class! That would be awesome!
This is just another way that airline award charts slot countries and regions to make it beneficial for their program. Probably no country is as different in region assignment as Israel, however. Some airlines have it in the Middle East, some in Asia, some in Europe, and some in North Africa! Again, I like Aegean for this because it makes it be 45,000 miles for business class from the US to Israel!
So, while Denmark may own Greenland, geographically and airline-award speaking, it is part of North America!
Please, this is just a fun airline award post – leave politics out of the comments!