Lufthansa has published what are perhaps the lowest fares I’ve ever seen between Chicago and Frankfurt or Munich. The economy fares coincide with the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and run into mid-December. This lines up PERFECTLY with the opening of the Holiday Market season throughout Germany and the rest of Europe.
The best fare that I could find was a $525 deal between Chicago and Munich. Frankfurt was next at only $535. The rest of Germany and Europe were are priced at their typical $800-1200 range but with some creative booking, you can book separate tickets to take you deeper into Europe for far less. Valid travel dates for this deal are between November 22 and December 15.
The catch with these fares is that a 7 day stay is required but there is no weekend travel blackout for the deals. In other words the fares are not higher if your flights take place Thursday through Sunday. There’s no end date to this fare sale. It’s one of those ‘while supplies lasts’ kind of offers.
The fares are valid for travel on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Air Canada, and United so you have plenty of flexibility as far as carriers are concerned. As long as your travel originates in Chicago you can fly on any of these carriers and benefit from this low fare.
If you’ve been hiding in a cave over the last week, you are probably not aware of what has been happening in Alberta, Canada where wildfires have destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres and threatened the very existence of Ft. McMurray, Alberta.
If you haven’t been hiding in a cave, you no doubt have seen the harrowing images and videos made possible by social media showing the devastation and the risks that residents took to evacuate their communities.
As part of evacuation, many had the option to fly out of Ft. McMurray rather than risking being caught in traffic with wildfire descending upon them.
For the privilege of fleeing their homes, Air Canada was charging upwards of $4,000 per ticket that normally costs under $100 for residents to depart Ft. McMurray and fly to Edmonton or other nearby Canadian cities. In comparison, Canadian airlines WestJet and Canadian North were flying people to safety for FREE. What was AC’s excuse?
They blamed fare ‘algorithms’ for artificially driving fares higher when their systems saw the increase in bookings. Funny, for such a large airline as Air Canada, you would think there was plenty of advance notice for them to realize what was happening in Ft. McMurray and they would have had ample time to override the artificial intelligence running their reservation systems. After all, much smaller airlines such as WestJest and Canadian North had no problem being proactive and letting people know that they would be evacuated to safety free of charge. There was no reason to extort those that were seeking a way to safety.
Only after a social media blitz that brought AC’s actions to light did Air Canada acquiesce and offered to refund the difference between the ‘Gouge’ Class fares they were selling and what the normal economy fares should have been for flights leaving Ft. McMurray.
BRUSSELS Airlines has announced that beginning with the Spring 2016 timetable, passengers will be able to enjoy their hospitality between Brussels and TORONTO!
Thanks to the addition of 2 A330 aircraft to the fleet next year, SN will offer service between BRU and YYZ 5 times a week.
Flight details have not yet been loaded into their booking engines, but I expect that to happen shortly.
In addition to the new route, SN is also planning to expand service between Brussels and Washington DC from 5 times a week to 6 times a week.
Due to the fact that JET Airways will no longer serve Toronto or Newark via Brussels, SN has filled in the void for BRU by entering codeshare agreements with United and Air Canada. United will add a second flight between Newark and Brussels, while Air Canada will be a code share partner on SN’s flights between Toronto and Brussels.
Expect a codeshare announcement between Brussels and Air India for service between Brussels and Mumbai.
With the addition of more A330s to the long haul fleet, expect new route announcements to destinations in Africa, including Gabon and Nigeria. There may be even a few more African surprises announced in the near future.