In case you missed the announcements on Monday, Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian advertised a special 3-day fare sale between the USA and Europe. All 3 fare sales end on August 6.
Starting with Lufthansa, their fare sale covers travel all the way through June 12, 2015. The best offer appears to be between New York and Dusseldorf for only $810. Otherwise nearly every other fare between the USA and LH destinations in Europe is below $1000. The only exception being Seattle-Munich which is available for $1050. It is always a good deal when you can fly from LAX or San Francisco to Europe for less than $1000!
The terms/conditions state that you must depart between October 26, 2014 and March 12, 2015. Return travel must take place between November 2, 2014 and June 12, 2015. The only black-out period for this fare sale is during the Christmas holiday, December 12 through January 5.
SWISS’ fare sale is similar but is broken up into 2 travel windows. The fares are similar to Lufthansa and most of SWISS’ European destinations from the USA can be reached for less than $1000. The first part of the fare sale covers travel between August 24 and October 25 while the second installment of the fare sale covers travel between October 26 and December 11, 2014 as well as between January 7 and March 12, 2015. Their terms/conditions are a bit ambiguous but from testing a few different options, it appears that a 6 night minimum stay may be required.
And not to be out done, Austrian’s version of the fare sale may be the most attractive. Most of Austrian’s fares between the US and Europe are below $900, with the best fare being a very attractive one between New York’s JFK and Vienna for only $800. Bundle that deal with a couple of Business Class upgrades that you can purchase for approximately $800 each way and you can experience OS’ fantastic Business Class for less than $2500 round trip! Trust me when I say it is fantastic!
As with the other deals, the Austrian fares are valid for travel between October 26 and December 11, 2015 or between January 7 and March 12, 2015.
Keep mind that all 3 fare sales end on August 6!
Montreal – Curacao effective January 1 will BEGIN 1x/week service.
Montreal – San Salvador effective November 1 will BEGIN 1x/week service.
Ottawa – Samana effective December 24 will BEGIN 1x/week service.
Beijing – Pyongyang effective September 22 will be reduced from 3x/week to 2x/week.
Vienna – Dubai effective March 29 will be reduced from 1x/day to 6x/week.
Vienna – Dubai effective June 2 will be reduced from 6x/week to 5x/week.
Vienna – Newark effective March 29 will increase from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Vienna – Newark effective June 2 will increase from 6x/week to 7x/week.
Taipei – Okayama effective October 26 is CANCELLED.
Johannesburg – Lagos effective September 2 will increase from 7x/week to 8x/week.
Lisbon – Bissau effective October 26 will begin 3x/week service (resumption from suspension earlier in 2014).
Chicago – Topeka effective September 3 is CANCELLED.
Guam – Hiroshima effective December 19 is CANCELLED.
Guam – Niigata effective December 14 is CANCELLED.
San Francisco – Guadalajara effective September 21 is CANCELLED.
Guam – Okayama effective between December 20-28, January 24-February 8 is CANCELLED.
Guam – Okayama effective February 21 is CANCELLED.
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LUFTHANSA GROUP has announced that flights operating to and from Israel are canceled through at least June 24. This extends the ban another 24 hours from their previous announcement yesterday.
The reason for the cancellation is out of an abundance of caution after rockets landed near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport yesterday. In light of the recent shoot down of the Malaysian 777 over the Ukraine, this does seem to be an appropriate response.
This affects 20 flights operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, germanwings and Brussels. If your itinerary is affected, please use this link to find contact information for Lufthansa in your country.
In light of recent events today at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, LUFTHANSA GROUP has cancelled ALL FLIGHTS scheduled to and from Israel for the next 36 hours.
This involves flights operated by AUSTRIAN, SWISS, LUFTHANSA and GERMANWINGS.
According to what I’ve read there have been several rockets that have landed near the airport which has prompted this appropriate response.
In addition, the FAA has also required US airlines to cease operations to Israel for AT LEAST 24 hours.
If your Lufthansa travels are affected by this, please use this link to contact your nearest customer service center so that you can be reaccommodated.
Last week, the Business Traveller Awards were announced in Germany for a variety of travel related categories. Among them, SWISS, Lufthansa and Austrian took 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively in the category that awarded best ‘Business Airline for Business Travellers in Germany and Europe’. The win for SWISS was its 2nd consecutive for the category.
SWISS was also recognized by readers for ‘Best Airline For International Business Travellers‘ and was awarded a respectable 3rd place for the category.
Additionally, Lufthansa took home 1st place for “Best Website For Business Travellers“.
The Business Traveller Awards are awarded on an annual basis and are determined by reader balloting.