Lufthansa has launched a 48 hour fare sale that significantly discounts fares to most cities in Europe. Though it’s a marketing gambit to advertise fares as ‘one way’, when you put together 2 one ways to make a roundtrip, the deal is still solid.
Frankfurt to Barcelona can be had for only €35 each way. The same goes for Krakow, Catania, and Dublin among others.
Fares from Munich mirror the pricing from Frankfurt so there are several €35 deals from MUC as well.
Outside of the special €35 destinations, most other one way tickets to the rest of Europe range between €50 and €70 which makes the fare sale an attractive proposition in most cases.
This fare sale ends on February 25, 2018 at midnight CET.
Departures need to take place between March 3 and May 15, 2018. Travel must be completed by May 17, 2018. A blackout period between March 23 and April 9 is in place (Easter). Tickets must be purchased 7 days prior to departure.
Lufthansa Group has launched an incredibly attractive BUSINESS CLASS Fare Sale to the USA from Germany with fares starting as low as €1339 ROUNDTRIP! The fares are not expected to stay at these levels for more than a few days (if that!) so you might want to take advantage of them sooner than later.
The fare sale covers flights operated by LUFTHANSA, SWISS, AUSTRIAN, BRUSSELS, United, and Air Canada.
The travel windows seem to be fairly wide open with many travel dates available for travel between April and January 2019. But like I said, this fare sale may only last hours or days. Once the allotted fare classes are booked, the pricing will go back to normal. The fares would required midweek departures and arrivals but that’s an insignificant hurdle to cross for this kind of deal!
Example fares include:
Munich to Los Angeles for €1339
Frankfurt to New York for €1339
Munich to Houston for €1339
Dusseldorf to Boston for €1339
and many other combos between German and US cities.
Lufthansa announced a fare sale for travel between Germany and their Asian destinations with fares ranging between €529 and €599 to places like Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, etc., etc. The fares cover flights from either Frankfurt or Munich.
Frankfurt – Hong Kong for €549
Munich – Beijing for €529
Munich – Bangkok for €569
The fare sale runs through February 13, 2018 and is valid for departures between January 31, 2018 September 30, 2018. Return flights must take place between February 5, 2018 and December 30, 2018.
There are 2 black out periods for the fare: Between March 23 and April 3, and again between June 29 and September 9.
For whatever reason, Lufthansa thought it made sense to advertise a fare sale for travel between the USA and Europe but the offer only has one attractive route.
For the terms of this sale that ends January 15, you can book travel between New York and Frankfurt for $2700 for departures taking place in February.
Want to fly anywhere else in Europe? Then prepare to ante up as much as $9300 to get you from Charlotte to Milan or $8800 to get you from Denver to Frankfurt. Boston to Brussels? $8000.
Here’s a screen shot of some other ‘sale’ fares:
I’m convinced that at this point Lufthansa has lost the plot when it comes to reasonable fares for Business and First Class. Ever since the German Government handed Air Berlin to Lufthansa on a Silver Platter, LH has gone off the rails in many of their markets as far as fare pricing is concerned. You’ll recall that during the Christmas Season, LH kept business class prices at levels 2 to 3 times higher than in previous years and it seems they are content on continuing the trend.
In fact, the ridiculous rise in fares has caught the eye of regulators in Europe who have figured that Lufthansa on average has raised fares by at least 30% to most markets. Lufthansa claims that this was an algorithm programming issue, but I doubt that some snowflake intern is responsible for punching in the wrong code to create this fare gouge that has been in place for several months. If it was a programming error, it would have been caught within hours or days and not by a regulator. In the past week or so, LH has walked back some of the high economy class fares they were charging, but it took the ‘threat’ of a regulator.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a socialist and don’t expect airlines to make it so that everyone can afford a premium class fare. If they can sell these fares at these prices, then good for them, and good for my Lufthansa dividend. But at the same time, when competitors are charging a third or less than what Lufthansa is, at some point Lufthansa will start to see loyal customers defect. Customers will stop shopping with their loyalty and start shopping with their wallets.
I’ll give you a personal example…..Each year one of our trips include my wife and I going to South Africa for a couple of weeks to visit Safari camps. Each year we default to LH group since that what we’ve ‘always’ flown so regardless of price we’d always book an LH Group option.
This year? It may come as a surprise to some of you, but my top 3 choices for our Africa flights include: 1. Emirates 2. Qatar 3. KLM. My wife is liking all the things she has read about the Emirates’ First Class cabin ( thanks for nothing ‘PointsGuy’ 🙂 ) so I suspect that our flight to JNB will funnel through Dubai and that I should bring a shower cap for the A380 flights.
Later this year I will also be going to Le Mans, France to photograph the ’24 Hours of Le Mans’ for a company/team involved with the race. My flights? SAS Business on the flights from the US to Paris, and LOT Polish Business for the flights home. A combination of factors led to those decisions. Loyalty was not one of them.
And this coming from someone who has been loyal to LH Group for the last 10 years. I’ve woke up to the fact that status has little impact on my travel experiences and that by shopping for the best value, I come up with other options that literally put thousands of dollars back into my pocket. My bitcoins simply can’t keep up with some of the LH fare hikes! 🙂
Anyway, if you are looking for that flight between NYC and FRA during February you at least get a reasonable price there. If you need to travel beyond FRA, your best bet would be to book the NYC-FRA ticket and then buy another ticket to get you to where you really want to go once you get to Frankfurt.
Lufthansa has launched a fare sale for Economy Class travel to the USA. The sale is in place through this Sunday, January 7, and covers travel through July 2018.
It has been a while since fares have been attractive but that changes with this promo. For example, Frankfurt – New York can be booked for only €449. Fares from Munich to most of the East Coast range between €449 and €529. Otherwise, most fares to the USA from Frankfurt or Munich range between €550 and €700.
The terms of the sale are as follow:
- Sale ends January 7.
- You must book your ticket at least 14 days prior to departure.
- You must depart between January 19 and June 28, 2018.
- You must return by July 28, 2018.
- A minimum stay of 6 nights is required (Maximum stay is 30 days).