Lufthansa is running a deal until midnight tomorrow that allows you to book a Premium Economy seat from Munich or Frankfurt to New York (JFK or EWR) for approximately €650.
Unfortunately the deal does not work ex-NYC but Prem Eco fares are only $1200-1300 from this side of the pond for the same travel period.
The deal has a narrow travel window. Travel must take place between January 30 and March 31, 2017 and a Saturday night stay is required.
AUSTRIAN announced several major initiatives under yet another new plan, this time referred to as ‘Next Level Austrian’……
Beginning with the Summer 2018 timetable, Austrian will offer Premium Economy seating aboard their 777 and 767 long-haul aircraft. The retrofits will begin in the Winter of 2017 and should be completed by the end of Summer 2018. The seats will be similar to what we already see in Lufthansa’s Premium Economy. With the new seat will come improved leg room, better recline angles, and enhanced dining as compared to Economy. The 767 will have 18 Premium Economy seats installed and the 777 will have 24 Premium Economy Seats on board.
This comes at the expense of both Business and Economy seats: To make room for the Premium Economy cabin, Business and Economy class will both have a reduction in the number of overall seats. According to Austrian, the pricing will fall in between Economy and Business fares. I expect this to be very much like the Lufthansa Premium Economy product which has been very successful for the airline.
As part of the same announcement, OS has also indicated that their aircraft will begin an upgrade process that will see the installation of WiFi throughout the entire fleet. The first aircraft will be have Wifi available for passengers by mid-December of this year and the entire fleet will have connectivity by Summer 2017.
With the broadband system, passengers will be able to use their smart devices for any internet-based purpose including live streaming, email, etc. Per the existing policy using the service for phone calls will still not be allowed. Pricing is yet to be determined.
Lufthansa’s current ‘Y+’ sale wraps up in about a week, and in the mean time there are some deals that come close to what regular economy class tickets would cost during peak summer travel.
The sale to Europe covers most of the summer travel period and has fares starting as low as $1550 for New York – Milan and goes up into the mid-$1900 range for East Coast and Midwest departures. West Coast fares start in the low $2000 neighborhood. Compared to Economy fares during this ‘summer peak’ book period, the Premium Economy fares are only $400-600 more and you certainly get a good value for that premium, including better seats, additional free ‘check-in luggage’, and more miles for your frequent flyer account in most cases when compared to Economy.
At the same time, Lufthansa is running specials to Africa where you can get from the USA to Northern Africa for less than $1000 in Economy. But this fare sale covers departures for mid to late May only.
For the Premium Economy sale to Europe, the sale ends on May 17 and covers departures taking place between May 22 and August 22. Return travel must take place between June 5 and November 22. Weekend surcharges may apply for Thursday-Sunday departure or returns.
Lufthansa has started a Premium Economy fare sale that runs for the next 7 days with fares as low as I’ve ever seen since the roll-out of the product. For example, New York – Milan can be had for as low as $1329, and Chicago – Athens for only $1479.
Attractive fares exist from all of LH’s North American gateways to most European destinations. Most east cost fares range in the $1400-1600 area, the mid-west ranges in the $1500-1700 area, while the west coast runs about $1700 to $1900. These fares are not much higher than peak economy class fares and you certainly pick up a much better value with Premium Economy seats.
The fares book into ‘N’ class so you’ll earn 100% of miles flown towards your Miles&More account balances. Premium Economy tickets also allow you to check 2 bags (50 lbs each) free of charge.
The fares cover Spring and early Summer travel. Specifically:
Departures must take place between April 13 and May 12.
Returns must take place between April 13 and August 12.
Weekend surcharges apply (so book Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday travel for best pricing).
Tickets must be purchased 28 days prior to departure.
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy Sale comes to an end on February 19. Some decent prices exist for several destinations throughout Europe.
One of best deals is a $969 offer between Tampa and St. Petersburg Russia. Otherwise most European destinations from the East Coast range in the $1200-1350 range and the rest of the US to Europe runs anywhere from $1500-1900. The East Coast fares are the most attractive since they rival economy fares during ‘high’ seasons.
For you money, you get a better seat, more legroom and an overall better experience than Economy. I’ve ‘tested’ the Premium Economy seat on flights between Frankfurt and Johannesburg and even after 10 hours each way, had very little to complain about and would do it again.
As far as rules go, departures must take place by March 17,2016 and return travel must be completed by June 17. Tickets need to be purchased 14 days in advance of departure. A $60 weekend surcharge may apply for Friday / Saturday / Sunday travel.