Today I’m on mileage run to secure again Aegean Gold card for next year. I need to collect 12000 Tier Miles with 4 flights. I booked LHR-ATH-WAW-ATH-LHR which will take 24 hours to complete and give me 3734 Tier Miles (including Aegean Gold status bonus). Not bad for 120GBP ticket which was hand luggage only but I could check in one bag due my Star Alliance Gold card.
It’s not first time when I doing this run and during last 3 years I notice many improvements at Athens Airport. They are on going refurnishing on main terminal. Athens airport is one building terminal which is divided for zone A gates for non Schengen Area flights south side of building and B gates Schengen Area in north of building.
I arrived from London just before 4 am and cleared emigration very quick, I notice new baby room at baggage claim area good for family to change nappies and rest in friendly room. I exit customs and just take lift one level up to departures area. My flight to Warsaw will be just before 9 at B gates so I had almost 5 hours to try sleep in Lounge.
At B gates You have 4 lounges
- Aegean Business Lounge B
- Lufthansa Business Lounge
- Goldair Handling CIP Lounge B
- Skyserv Melina Merkouri Lounge
First two You can access flying if you have flight with Star Alliance airline and have Gold card or business class ticket, last two I could access with priority pass.
At A gates you have 4 lounges:
- Aegean Business Lounge A
- Swissport Executive Lounge
- Goldair Handling Lounge A
- Skyserv Aristotle Onassis Lounge
First one You can access flying if you have flight with Star Alliance airline and have Gold card or business class ticket, last two I could access with priority pass.
In my opinion the best lounge for Priority pass holder is Goldair Handling Lounge A. It big and very quit lounge. There You can rest it was only 5 people inside then I went there.
One thing I don’t like at all at ATH airport, You cannot take shower at any lounge. I don’t know why they didn’t fit shower especially that Aegean spent money to refurnishing B gate lounge and build new lounge in A gate zone. Goldair Handling Lounge A is also new lestwhan 2 years old and build from scratch.