I hold an inexpensive revenue ticket LHR-ATH-JTR (fare classes S & Q, not sure about the booking code, maybe S2JA3C?) and am curious about whether it's possible to get onto an earlier flight out of London.
Does Aegean Airlines have any special standby or same-day confirmed change rules?
Looking at what I think are my fare rules I don't see any special provision for standby travel.
I do see language indicating that changes are permitted with a pretty low change fee (€30, £25, $50, or 8500 HUF, if ITA is decoding this correctly), but I'm not sure how that would work in practice since my ticket is owned by a travel agent who charges their own change fees to touch a ticket.
Programs: A3*Gold, SPG Plat, HyattDiamond, MarriottPP, LHW exAccess, ICI, Raffles Amb, NW PE MM, TWA Gold MM
Normally by the day of travel, the airline "owns" the ticket, not the travel agency, although some carriers notoriously charge an additional fee to change any ticked that was not issued by them.
My only vaguely close experience was once missing a Greek island flight on Aegean in business class and being rebooked on a later flight with no fuss, no muss and no fees or additional fare charged. My wonderful travel agent took care of it instantly.
Programs: UA 1K 2MM, AA EXP, SW Gold, IHC Ambassador Plat, Ritz Carlton Gold
Same Day Standby
I'm holding a super cheap one way economy ticket on Aegean (ticketed by Aegean) from SKG (Thessaloniki) to ATH (Athens). It comes with a 30 Euro change fee plus fare diff. I'm already checked in to to my ticketed flight.
I'm wondering if Aegean does same day standby to another flight for no fee at the gate or will they treat it as a ticket change and charge the change fee plus any fare diff to take a diff flight on the same day at the airport gate?
I'm a *G if it matters. Totally prepared to take my ticketed flight but would love to take a later one if they offer this. But later flights have seats but are showing much higher prices on the website. Just wondered.
European airlines do not generally operate a free standby system, unlike those in the US. If you want to change a ticket to a different flight (even a later one) you should always expect to pay the change fee plus any fare difference.
It always pays to ask, and A3 is more accommodating than most, but if you prepare for disappointment that's not a bad default position!