Over the last few days, German media has been reporting a new concept being considered by Lufthansa to further enhance cost savings when it comes to flight operations out of the hubs in Europe.
Lufthansa’s Harry Hohmeister has unveiled plans that will create a potentially new ‘Flexible Routing’ fare that will allow Lufthansa to change already issued tickets for passengers willing to be more flexible in their trip routing.
The reasoning behind this concept will allow Lufthansa to self-direct passenger flow through hubs based on demand and pricing. For example, Frankfurt Airport charges Lufthansa up to 20% more for handling long haul LH flights and passengers than Munich, Zurich, or Vienna charge. Having passengers reroute through lower cost hubs obviously would net a positive impact on LH’s bottom line. In their planning, LH would be able to determine in advance if other hubs and flights have capacity to handle last minute changes. If not, the flex fare passenger would fly their original ticket.
An example could look like:
A passenger books a flight from Chicago to Berlin. The original booking would have the passenger transit through Frankfurt enroute to Berlin. Under a flex routing fare, Lufthansa could re-ticket the passenger a few days before the flight to have them fly Chicago – Munich – Berlin, Chicago – Vienna – Berlin, or Chicago – Zurich – Berlin and thus avoid the extra costs associated with routing a passenger through the more pricey Frankfurt.
Passengers flying under a flex routing fare would be informed days or weeks ahead of their trip, letting them know if their original routing has changed.
Please understand that only a ‘flex routing’ fare class would subject a passenger to a last minute rerouting. Passengers flying on traditional fare classes would not be subject to these kind of changes.
Lufthansa has already sent a ‘shot across the bow’ to Frankfurt by announcing a transfer of 5 A380 aircraft to Munich, thus already reducing capacity at Frankfurt and potentially preparing for the roll out of the new flex-routing fares and increasing capacity in Munich.
In his comments, Hohmeister indicated that passengers agreeing to a flex routing fare would be well rewarded for their willingness to be flexible.
Plans are in place to unveil the new program for Lufthansa and Austrian operated flights at the beginning of 2018.
Lufthansa Group Airlines has launched a group wide Business Class fare sale for travel to the USA from Zurich, Vienna, and Rome.
Fares are amazing. You can fly to the East Coast for only $1600. The same goes for most midwest destinations as well. Surprisingly, you can fly from Vienna or Rome to the West Coast for only $1400!!!
The fare is valid for travel on all LH Group airlines (yes, including Brussels), as well as on United and Air Canada. The fare seems to cover travel dates until year end. I did notice however there are a few pockets where the fares are valid for travel on Thursdays-Sundays, mostly on Vienna flights to the East Coast.
The fares book into deep discount ‘P’ class and require either a 6 night stay, or just a Saturday night stay, making this a very attractive deal. I’m not sure when the sale will end, it may be a very temporary 24 hour ‘Flash’ offer.
As we get closer to the introduction of the 777X to the Lufthansa fleet, rumors are starting to fly around regarding what the cabin might look like, especially Business Class.
Buzz has been building, and it looks as though a familiar name will be behind the new Lufthansa seat.
Germany’s Recaro, which has been used by Lufthansa on a regular basis, appears to be the manufacturer of the new seat. Specifically, it looks as though Recaro’s CL6710 model will be adapted to fit Lufthansa’s needs. This new seat will debut in 2018, and could likely be what is installed on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, and Brussels aircraft. Lufthansa Group made the announcement a while back that identical next generation Business Class seats will be installed on long-haul aircraft group wide.
Recaro advertises the seat as the next generation in Business Class comfort, providing passengers increased comfort and amenities as compared to current iterations of Business Class seats. One major feature will be the ability for a passenger to use their smart phone to control all aspects of the seat. Hopefully, an electronics ban at that point won’t include even the modest cell phone!
Here are a few images as provided by Recaro showing off the new seat. The seat will actually debut with TAP at some point next year.
I’m excited about the prospect that the 777x might be a 1 – 2 – 1 layout in Business Class (at least based on this seat design), which would be fantastic!
LH Group has launched an attractive Business Class fare sale for travel between Europe and the USA.
The best fares as usual are to the East Coast, with Boston, NYC, Washington DC and Philadelphia pricing at €1800. Southeast and Midwest destinations can be reached for about €2000 while the West Coast can be booked for €2600. Canada is also part of the fare sale with fares similar to those for the USA.
The fare sale is in place until June 7, 2017. Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure, and there is a 6 night minimum stay.
Inventory is wide open for June / July / August travel.
Miles & More is offering a promotion that will award members double miles for certain flights between Europe and the USA. The offer is valid for flights that are booked by May 15, 2017, for travel that is completed by September 15, 2017.
The eligible flights include Lufthansa, Austrian, and SWISS operated flights.
For Lufthansa operated flights the routes eligible for the mileage bonus include Frankfurt to New York JFK, New York Newark, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, Miami, Seattle, San Jose and Tampa, or from Munich to New York JFK, New York Newark, Boston, San Francisco and los Angeles.
For Austrian operated flights the routes eligible for the mileage bonus include Vienna to New York JFK, New York Newark, Los Angeles and Miami.
For SWISS operated flights the routes eligible for the mileage bonus include Zurich to New York JFK, New York Newark, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Miami.
According to the webpage that provides the details, it appears that bonus only applies to Economy Class bookings. Additionally, the bonus will only be credited to the aforementioned routes. Connecting to other flights that are on the same itinerary do no earn the extra miles.
To be eligible for the bonus miles, you need to register for the promo by visiting this site and entering your information, including your Miles & More number.
Please note that these miles are bonus miles and do not count towards status miles, and the bonus is calculated based on the miles that you fare class offers.
H/T: Oliver2002 & Flyertalk’s Miles&More Forum