Between now and April 30, you can book roundtrip travel in Business Class aboard Lufthansa / SWISS / Austrian / Brussels to the USA for only $1400 (Roundtrip). The minor catch is that you have to begin your travels from Berlin. But for a $1400 Business Class ticket, that may be a very minor thing to worry about.
The fare sale covers travel between May 26 and September 4, 2017 and only requires a Saturday night stay. You must purchase your tickets 14 days ahead of your planned departure. This pricing is also available on flight operated by United and Air Canada, so you can get quite creative in how you route your travel from Berlin.
This special fare was published on the SkyTravelAgent.de website. Sky Travel specializes in finding and booking LH Group deals and promos that may not normally be published by the airlines. I’ve used them a few times in the past when I needed to build creative routings for mileage runs, or to get the best possible price for premium cabin tickets. If you’re looking to build a fun and creative itinerary, reach out to them and see what they can do for you. If you can’t find this fare deal on the airline websites, contact Sky Travel directly.
But Hurry, you only have 3 days to get this deal!
SWISS has launched a fare sale from the US to their Spanish destinations including Madrid and Barcelona.
The best fare appears to be Boston – Barcelona for only $506. Otherwise ‘Barca’ and Madrid can be reached for between $580 and $630 from LX’s East Coast gateways.
From the Midwest and West Coast, fares range between the mid $600 and mid $800 range.
As far as Italian destinations are concerned, prices to Rome and Venice are about $40-$100 higher than the fares to Spain.
With SWISS’ poorly designed website, it’s nearly impossible to identify the travel windows and terms/conditions for the fares. With some trial and error, I see most of the best fares are available for late May / early June and September-October travel.
Earlier today, headlines started to pop up suggesting that the TSA was entertaining the idea of expanding the current Laptop ban to include the whole of Europe, including the UK. Mind you, this is a TSA that has a 95% failure rate when it comes to screening tests.
Currently the ban applies to certain carriers operating from certain Mid-Eastern countries, so news of the ban being expanding comes as a bit of a frustrating surprise.
Homeland Security officials in the USA have not commented on this other than the generic and predictable ‘We’re considering all options and have not made any decisions’ type of worthless commentary.
Any new policy or expansion of the existing version would mean that a device larger than a ‘Smart Phone’ would be considered too large to bring aboard, including any kind of laptop or tablet device.
Maybe at this point, major US and European carriers will speak up against the ridiculous policy and sway their respective governments. Now that the shoe may be put on the other foot, lets see how non-Mideast carriers will respond.
Predictably to this point, the non-M/E carriers have not spoken out against the current ban since the existing policy hurts their competitors. Let’s see what kind of whining we’ll get if everyone has to play by the same rules, regardless of how stupid and ineffective the rules would be.