Among Lufthansa’s current offerings of discounted economy fares, New York – Milan stands out as one of the best deals. Currently, you can book travel between NYC and Milan for as low as $629 with excellent availability all the way out to mid-April 2015.
Looking at Google.com/flights, I can see that the best days to find this low fare are on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday however there are several pockets where the other days of the week show availability as well.
Additionally to get the lowest possible pricing option, either a minimum stay of 3 nights or Saturday night stay is required, otherwise the fares sneak up into the high $600 / low $700 range.
As is typical for any Lufthansa fare sale that involves USA departures, these flights can be operated by one of LH’s Star Alliance partners that operates in the USA. For this specific offer, I’m seeing Lufthansa, Brussels and United as being options. United even offers a non-stop from Newark to Milan making it perhaps the most efficient option. Otherwise you’ll have the option to connect through Munich, Frankfurt or Brussels.
To celebrate Germany’s victory at the World Cup Lufthansa is running a fare sale specifically to Berlin to mark the occasion. The fare sale runs until August 7 and covers travel into January 2015.
Most fares from the East Coast range in the low $1000 range (Miami – Berlin for $1,119) and move into the $1300-$1400 range from the West Coast. Chicago – Berlin is perhaps the most attractive at $1149 when you factor in distances, ease of hub access, etc.
Terms of the sale are as follows:
Departures must take place between August 24 and October 25, 2014.
Returns must take place between August 31, 2014 and January 25, 2015.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure.
Minimum stay is 7 days.
Maximum stay is 3 months.
Keep in mind as you book your trip that flights can be operated by Lufthansa, Austrian, United, Swiss, Brussels or Air Canada. Depending on the carrier who is operating your flight and the frequent flyer program that you credit your miles to, you may or may not earn miles for your trip. If you have any questions about this, please ask and I’ll help you make sure that you maximize the miles you earn for the booking!
Lufthansa is running a bit of a fare sale for travel between the US and Europe that has a couple of attractive options. The best being Chicago-Budapest for only $779.
In addition to the ORD-BUD deal, New York to Frankfurt can be had for only $939. Otherwise fares from most USA gateways to a variety of European destinations fall into the $1300-1500 range.
The fare sale runs until July 10, 2014. Departures must take place between August 24 and October 25, 2014 and return travel must take place between August 31, 2014 and January 25, 2015. Tickets must be purchased 14 days ahead of departure and a minimum stay of 7 days is required.
Please keep in mind that flights for this fare sale may be operated by Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS or United. I mention this because the miles you earn for your frequent flyer plans can vary greatly based on which airline is operating your flight. With discount fares such as these, it’s not unusual to earn 50% of the miles travel or in some cases NO miles are earned. Please check you program’s earning charts!
SWISS is running an attractive Business Class sale for travel originating in Zurich to a variety of destinations in Asia, The Middle East and even South America!
During the promotion, fares are at least 50% off of their regular rates and in some cases near 60% off (Zurich – Sao Paulo). The window for this sale is open until July 14. Departures must take place between July 1 and August 31 and return flights must take place by September 8. A Saturday or Sunday night stay is required as part of the terms/conditions.
Example fares (All fares in Swiss CHF):
Bangkok : 2499.
Hong Kong 2499.
Beijing – 1999.
Johannesburg – 3499.
Sao Paulo – 2499.
Shanghai – 2499.
Considering the wonderful Business Class product offered by SWISS, fares like this are a great value and do not come up often, at least to this level of discount. I assume these fares will be limited so take advantage of them as soon as possible!
There is also a bit of a sale to USA destinations with most fares ranging between 3200-3700CHF to most East Coast destinations and slightly higher to Chicago and the west coast. Though decent, these fares are obviously not as attractive as fares to Asia and the Middle East. Clicking on the link above, or banner below will take to the the home page for both fare sales.
LUFTHANSA is running a First Class fare sale between the USA and Europe with fares as low as $5200.
As is typical for any fare sale, prices from the East Coast are lower than if originating from the West Coast. From example, Boston to Brussels is only $5239 while other East Coast origins range between $5500 and $6000. From the West Coast fares begin from $6500 (San Francisco-Madrid) and work their way up to $6800 (Los Angeles – Naples).
The fare sale runs until August 2. Departures need to take place between July 22 and August 30 and return travel must take place between July 23 and November 30. Tickets need to be purchased at least 28 days in advance.
One word of caution, be aware of the carriers operating your flights. This fare structure is set up so that flights can be operated by United, Austrian, Air Canada, SWISS, Brussels and Lufthansa.
If you are going to pay $6000 to cross the Atlantic in first class, PLEASE make sure that your flight is operated by LUFTHANSA or SWISS for the transatlantic portion.
Crossing the Atlantic with one of the other carriers will preclude you from many First Class perks afforded to LH and LX First Class passengers, including the use of First Class Lounges in New York, Germany, Switzerland and the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. Remember, part of the value of these fares is having access to fantastic on-the-ground amenities!
If you need any more info or advice as to how to build a perfect First Class trip, please let me know and I’ll help you make the most of it!