Fighting our way to GreeceSeptember 3, 2020 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C
This year has been crazy in many respects and this trip couldn't have been otherwise.
When we planned a trip to Santorini despite an ongoing pandemic and continuously changing local-government regulations, we were ready to face some challenges, but nothing prepared us for what happened.
When - after ingeniously packing all the stuff we need for 2.5 weeks (10 days in Greece + one week in Italy) in a tiny trolley rigorously below the 8kg threshold, managing to destroy our face masks, leaving the apartment in a decent state and making sure our babies 🐹🐰🐇 have enough to eat until the baby-sitter arrives - we finally get to the airport and reach the gate, we believe our holiday is finally about to start. Well... we are wrong!🤦🏼♀️
When I show my mobile boarding pass to the lovely Lufthansa attendant, she first tells me that I need a printed one (?), then asks for my QR code (??) and, when I show her QR code on my boarding pass, she snaps at me and tears my just-printed ticket into pieces (!!!!!!) in front of my very eyes with no further explanation than a grunt. I had the privilege of experiencing some of Lufthansa´s cordiality in the past, but this is new to me. 😶😶😶
I am so shocked that I literally burst into tears and cannot seem to be able to stop for a good 20 minutes, while watching the gate being closed and the plane leaving without us.
Luckily, the lovely lady has a male colleague sitting at a counter nearby and - maybe moved by my tears - finally offers us an explanation: due to Covid-19, the Greek government is requesting a registration on a special site 24h before departure.
At this point, we have no other choice than to go back to the departure hall, find the Aegean/Lufthansa counter, find out that our ticket is neither changeable nor refundable (exactly like our hotel on Athens) and resign ourselves to chase tickets online. Obviously, with such a short notice prices are over the moon: a one-way Munich-to-Athens flight is in the range of 300-400 euros per person. Before gifting any airline (especially after the courtesy received) with that amount of money, I really want to make sure that there is no other option. I am already on my way to Munich city to catch a night train to Milan (with the idea of catching a flight to Santorini from there), when we get an even crazier idea: pretending to fly elsewhere and only do a stopover in Athens... And well, it works! Instead of the 350 euros requested for flying just to Athens, by pretending to then catch a "connecting fight" (with 19 hours stopover!) to Santorini it only costs 125 euros!
And the very Italian pride of cheating the system almost wipes away the rage for what happened just an hour ago.
So, one day later, here we are, finally ready to reach Athens and start our Greek adventure! And, irony of fate has it, we receive a message from Ryanair concerning our Saturday flight to Santorini: "remember to register on the Greek government page!". Yeah... Now we know! 😒Read more