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.
Beginning in early August, passengers traveling in First Class with Lufthansa world-wide will be welcomed aboard with a new amenity kit.
The new kit comes from Braun Büffel, a German company focused on functional luxury with over 125 years of experience hand-crafting fine leather goods. The contents of the kit will be similar, if not identical, to what was found in recent kits from Escada and Bogner. Two versions of the hand-made kit will be available, one for men and one for ladies and will be available through November.
The new kit debuts in early August
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!