LUFTHANSA:  New Senator and Business Lounges Set To Open In Boston

LUFTHANSA: New Senator and Business Lounges Set To Open In Boston

In another week or so, Lufthansa will be opening new Senator and Business Lounges at Boston’s Logan Airport (Terminal E).

The new lounge is part of a wider renovation that has been taking place in ‘BOS’ and the new lounges promise to be substantial upgrades over the previous versions.

What will be new is the fact that passengers can now board their flights directly from the lounge, similar to what is in place at airports like Washington Dulles.  So you can see your A350 from your seat in the lounge!

The 6,800 square foot lounge will also introduce a new concept to Lufthansa Lounges which focuses on separate ‘Living Areas’.    For example, this lounge will offer a separate Bar, Bistro, and rest areas.    The view promises to be fantastic as well as the lounge will over look Boston Harbor.

SWISS First & Business Class Fare Sale Ex-USA

SWISS First & Business Class Fare Sale Ex-USA

SWISS has launched a First and Business Class fare sale for travel from the USA to a variety of European destinations for travel between December 1 and March 31.

For the First Class part of the fare sale, most fares from East Coast and Midwest Gateways range between $4800 & $5200 while West Coast gateways run in the $5700 to $5900 range.

To take advantage of the First Class deal, you need to depart between December 18 and January 1.  Return flights can take plus until March 31.  Keep in mind there are a few blackout dates right around Christmas.   The best fares are usually available for travel between Monday and Thursday.

The Business Class sale runs for the identical periods and features fares as low as $2800 from the East Coast, and ranges up to the $3700 range for West Coast departures.   Like with the First Class sale, the fares are openly available through the end of March, with only a small black out window around Christmas.

 

LUFTHANSA:  New Fare Structures For Europe Now In Effect

LUFTHANSA: New Fare Structures For Europe Now In Effect

 

In case you missed my previous post eluding to the new fare structure rolling out for Lufthansa passengers traveling within Europe, it has now been put in force.

Beginning July 28 (Europe Central Time), Lufthansa passengers who book flights taking place in Europe on October 1 or later will have a simplified 3-tiered fare menu:  Light, Classic, and Flex.

At the end of this post, you’ll find 2 charts provided by Lufthansa that help put these new fares into perspective with benefits, costs, etc.

 

A brief description of each fare level:

LIGHT:

1 piece of carry-on luggage up t0 8 kilograms / 17 pounds.

Fares will be non-refundable and non-changeable.

For additional fees you can select your seat prior to check-in, check a bag (up to 50 kilograms / 23 pounds) or book seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead and exit row seating.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

CLASSIC:

1 piece of luggage up to 23 kilograms / 50 pounds.

1 carry-on up to 8 kilograms / 17 pounds.

Free seat selection at the time of booking.

For additional fees you will be able to check additional baggage or select seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead or exit row seating.

Fares can be rebooked for a fee, but are non-refundable.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

FLEX:

1 piece of luggage up to 23 kilograms / 50 pounds.

1 carry on up to 8 kilograms  17 / pounds.

Free seat selection at the time of booking.

For additional fees you will be able to check additional luggage or select seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead or exit row seating.

Fares can be rebooked for free and refundable for a fee.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

50% Award Mile Bonus.

Regardless of which fare class is booked, Miles and More members will retain their status benefits so access to lounges, priority boarding, priority security etc. will not be affected.   Star Alliance Gold members also will be able to use their benefits as well, including access to Senator lounges, priority check-in, etc.   However, regardless of status level, passengers will be required to pay for a seat if they wish to choose a seat at booking under a ‘Light Fare’ and will need to pay if checking a bag.

Additionally, onboard catering will not be impacted by which fare class you select.   All passengers in Economy will receive the same level of beverage and meal service.

 

The following charts  should clarify any questions that you may have, including additional costs that are involved:

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SWISS Fare Sales Ex-USA: Good Business and Economy Deals!

SWISS Fare Sales Ex-USA: Good Business and Economy Deals!

SWISS is running concurrent fare sales for travel between the USA and SWISS destinations throughout Europe.

For Spring travel, SWISS is offering attractive economy fares that start as low as the mid $700 range (Newark – Milan) for travel in April and May.   Otherwise, most east coast fares to Europe are under $1000.   Fares from the west coast start at approximately $1100 (Los Angeles – Berlin) and range to approximately $1400 on the high end (LAX  to Paris or Luxembourg).

For Summer travel, a Business Class fare sale is in place that has most fares from the east coast ranging in the very low $3000 range to most destinations.   Fares from the west coast typically run in the $4000-4300 range.   The valid travel period for the Business Class sale is between June 29 and September 3.

Keep in mind that the fare sale covers departures & arrivals taking place between Monday and Thursday.  Weekend travel will incur a small surcharge.

 


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