Greeks grounded by Grexit crisis

Icarus has a better chance of flying than most Greeks right now. As the economic mess in Greece deepens airlines are quietly cutting off travel agents as booking partners unless tickets are paid with a credit card. And Greek CCs are not being accepted.


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The move started last week as Turkish Airlines implemented such restrictions. They were followed this week by IAG members British Airways and Iberia and then Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian followed as well.

Of course, should the Greek travel agency book via the GDS and use a foreign CC for the transaction then the tickets can be issued, but that seems to be an unlikely event these days. And, ultimately, this is just one more way in which the country and its people are feeling the pain of the currency collapse.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.