WesternA318 wrote:Freshside3 wrote:adamh8297 wrote:
As a tourist visiting Greece in 2016 I flew BOS-MUC-ATH-HER and returned ATH-LHR-BOS. These were on one way award tickets with UA and AA respectively.
Also did HER-JTR on EL and JTR-ATH on A3.
I wonder how many others do split itineraries like mine i.e enter via an island and leave via ATH.
Actually, fairly common. Especially for those who are from the smaller US markets. You have to leave Greece early, to make that chain of connections. It's more difficult to do the return westbound, with multiple plane changes, than it is going over. Different set of dynamics for those combinations.......getting from JKH to GRR, to cite an example, is a bit more tricky.
In most cases, take a flight the day before, then overnight in Athens.
There are some also some others that take the all night ferry from JTR, etc. and arrive in Pireaus at 3 in the morning, too.
It's funny you mention it, I just booked a group from Pocatello, ID to ATH. No ways around it to get a decent rate I got them to do PIH-SLC-AMS-ATH, and on the return ATH-CDG-SLC-PIH. At least the times for these stateside connections are far better...
Yes, you got my point on those odd combinations of connections, on both ends of the equation. I know of people, on various levels, that start in odd parts of the USA, and go to places beyond ATH......as in combinations such as LNK-CHQ, GEG-PAS, and SCK-EFL.(Which are stories within themselves).
Which strengthens the case of getting service from ORD to ATH.......this could eliminate a stop in the chain, and present a more palatable routing option for the passengers. Many are accustomed to paying higher rates for flights anyway, and often use time/money on hotel stops(in the US or Europe). And they are people that would like to go to Greece more often, but it's such a hassle for them. If a really good alternative is available, they would go every year, instead of once every three years. Yes, Greece may be a so-called "tourist" market, as we know. But having these communities better connected, would elevate the revenue in the USA-Greece market well above the "junk yield" stereotype.
But AA and UA just aren't getting a clue about the benefits of this. (And likewise, and to a lesser extent, DL could do the same from DTW). A different mix of connections, as there are many markets that don't have flights to the existing NYC/PHL/Europe hubs-------but do have flights to ORD or DTW.
Since you mentioned Idaho.......Boise would be down to just ONE stop to Greece, if any carrier got ORD-ATH, they would connect off an existing BOI-ORD trip.