LUFTHANSA Business Class Fare Sale For Spring and Early Summer

LUFTHANSA Business Class Fare Sale For Spring and Early Summer

Lufthansa Business Class fares start from $2500 for travel between the USA and Europe this Spring and into the early Summer.

The best fares are from the East Coast where you’ll find New York to Dusseldorf or Philly to Frankfurt for only $2500.  Most other East Coast fares range between $2700 to $3000.

From the West Coast, you can fly between San Francisco and London for only $3100, making it perhaps the best deal as far as ‘cents per miles’ are concerned.   Other West Coast fares range between $3300 and $4000.

From the Mid West, you’ll find the best deals out of Detroit, where you can find fares to most of Europe in the high $2000 / low $3000 range.

Departures need to take place between April 25 and June 30, 2017 while return travel must be completed by June 30, 2018.   Tickets need to be purchased 10 days prior to departure.

The fare sale runs through March 30.

LUFTHANSA Introduces New Business Class & Places First Class On The Endangered Species List

LUFTHANSA Introduces New Business Class & Places First Class On The Endangered Species List

In what was not exactly a surprise, Lufthansa took the opportunity at last week’s ITB travel show in Berlin to confirm that a new long haul Business Class product is coming for 2020.   Why 2020?   It’s because 2020 is when LH plans to introduce Boeing’s new 777X to their fleet.

What makes this announcement different from past Lufthansa cabin announcements is that the new Business Class seat will be ‘standardized’ across Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian.    In other words, each of these carriers will share the same exact seat in their respective Business Cabin.    At this point, no decision has been made on Brussels, but in my opinion since Brussels is being melded into Eurowings, it may not enjoy the same cabin as the other carriers within LH Group.

The reason for the standardized Business Class is simple.   It is much easier to develop one seating system, and more cost effective to install and maintain that one system.

No specific details of the seat have been revealed other than it will be a very ‘digitized seat’ in that passengers will have complete control of their seat through their ‘smart’ device.   This control will extend to the control of seat position, lighting, and of course the IFE system.

The one concern that I have with the announcement has to do with verbiage from Lufthansa.  It is suggested that the seat HAS been developed instead of WILL BE developed.   Hopefully this doesn’t mean that the seat will already be obsolete by the time it is introduced.   This has happened in the past, so hopefully lessons have been learned.

Also, in my opinion, based on what I have heard from Lufthansa and others in the know while I was in Munich a few weeks ago, it appears that this Business Class cabin upgrade may also go a long way in reducing, if not eliminating the First Class cabin from Lufthansa’s DNA.    With no plans for a First Class cabin for the 777X, and the new A350s also being without a First Class cabin, the writing is clearly on the wall.

SWISS:   Spring Business Class Sale Is HERE!   $2500 and up!

SWISS: Spring Business Class Sale Is HERE! $2500 and up!

SWISS has launched their Spring Business Fare Sale to Europe with fares starting in the $2500 range.    The best prices can be found from US Eastern gateways such as Boston, New York, and Washington.     As you move into the midwest, fares from Chicago start in the $2800 range and from the west coast, it will only take $3100 to get to Europe.

The lowest fares are to  destinations in Switzerland, Spain, or Italy, but the sale does apply to all of SWISS’ European destinations.

The fare calendar suggests that all travel needs to take place with April.  For some reason the link to the fare terms and conditions that SWISS has provided on their site reflect a fare sale from December.

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