Lufthansa Group has announced that it expects to cancel flights to areas that are under threat of Hurricane Irma. The announcement was made yesterday and covers SWISS / Lufthansa / Austrian / Eurowings / Edelweiss / Brussels flights to Puerto Plata, Punta Cana, Orlando, Varadero, Havana, Miami, Tampa Bay, and Orlando.
To that end, LH has announced that passengers impacted by the hurricane and have travel dates between September 6 and September 11, 2017 can rebook their tickets free of charge, but certain conditions apply.
To qualify for fee-free rebooking you:
Have a ticket that was issued prior to September 6, 2017
Have a new date of travel that is on or before October 12, 2017
Cannot change your origin or destination, or class of travel. The only except to this is that you can change your departure airport from the USA.
If you are affected by these service announcements, you can rebook your ticket yourself under your reservation on Lufthansa.com (or the website of you LH group carrier), or call your travel agent.
For the latest info, please visit Lufthansa’s ‘Current Travel Info’ webpage.
Austrian has announced that their first 767 slated for the upgrade to a Premium Economy cabin is now in the shop and the update has begun. At the same time, Austrian has now opened Premium Economy booking for all of their long haul flights scheduled for March 6, 2018 and onward.
The seat is identical to the one found aboard Lufthansa long haul birds except that the seat colors match the Austrian cabin decor.
As with the current product found aboard LH, the Austrian Premium Economy experience will be nearly identical as far as seat pitch, baggage allowance, and dining is concerned:
- Increased seat ‘pitch’ as compare to Economy
- Foot rests
- Amenity Kit
- Fold old tables with dedicated arm-rests
- 12 inch IFE screen
- One standard and one USB power port
- Checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces at 23kg (50 lbs) each
- Enhanced dining options
- Welcome aboard drink
In all, 12 aircraft will be retrofitted between now and March 2018. Once the €15 million retrofit is complete, Austrian will offer a total of 252 Premium Economy seats on their long haul 767 and 777 aircraft.
I suspect during the next few months (until March 2018) while the upgrades are taking place, Economy Class passengers will be offered low-cost or free upgrades to Premium Economy seats. Miles & More Senators & HON Circle members may receive complimentary upgrades as well. This will be take place on a flight by flight basis while the fleet is being upgraded. At least this is what happened while LH was going through the process of upgrading their fleet.
If you haven’t acted yet, you have 2 days left to take advantage of Lufthansa’s fare deals for travel to the USA. The fares cover travel on Lufthansa Group airlines as well as Air Canada and United.
The sale covers Business Class with fares starting as low as €1500 from most Lufthansa / SWISS / Austrian origination cities in Europe. Most of the USA’s east coast can be reached for only €1500-€1600, while the midwest and west coast can be booked for only €1800-€2000.
Canadian destinations have even better pricing with fares to Montreal or Toronto coming in at only €1300.
This fare sale is set to expire on September 6 so there is are 48 hours to take advantage.
The rules and fine print of the deal:
Minimum stay of 7 days is required
Tickets must be booked 60 days prior to departure
Travel must be complete by October 12, 2018