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.
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy fare sale between the USA and Europe has some attractive deals that are available for booking until the end of the month. One of the best offers is between Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg (Russia) for only $959. Granted that this is operated through their ‘JUMP’ LCC concept, but the seat and cabin is identical to the mainline version.
Otherwise, most of LH’s destinations in Europe can be reached from the East Coast in the $1,100 – $1,400 range while fares from the Midwest and West Coast start in the mid $1,500 area and work their way up to $1780 for departures from Houston and San Francisco. These sale fares are booking into ‘N’ class so you’ll earn 100% of miles flown for your Miles & More account.
The fine print:
Fare sale ends on January 29, 2016
Departures must take place between January 31 and March 17, 2016.
Return travel must take place between January 31 and June 30, 2016.
Maximum stay of 3 months.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days ahead of departure date.
Need to figure how which seat to choose? Refer to this post that covers the Premium Economy Seating Charts for the fleet.
For next several days, Lufthansa is running a relatively attractive Premium Economy fare sale from the USA to most of their European destinations.
This sale also includes flights operated by LH’s Low Cost Carrier flights operated by their ‘Cityline’ unit. For example Tampa Bay, Florida to St. Petersburg, Russia can be had for only $950 in Premium Economy.
Other attractive fares for this sale include Chicago – Krakow for $1350 and Houston – Milan for $1400. Otherwise most fares from the East Coast starting in $1400-$1500 range and West Coast departures range between $1700 and $1900.
The fare sale details:
Sale ends on December 15, 2015
Departures can take place between December 24, 2015 and March 17, 2016.
Return flights can take place between December 27, 2015 and June 17, 2016.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure.
For those of you who have not flown LH’s Premium Economy, I can recommend it from personal experience. This year I flew a handful of Premium Economy segments including runs between the US and Frankfurt as well as between Frankfurt and Johannesburg. Though not a Business or First Class seat, they are quite acceptable, even for a 10 hour run between FRA and JNB!
This weekend, we leave for our Safari trip to the South African Bushveld and are of course flying LH from home in the States, through Frankfurt and onto Johannesburg.
Earlier this year when planning the trip, Premium Economy fares were on sale for extremely good prices and I could not resist booking a roundtrip for only $2200, especially since the fares booked into fare class ‘E’ which means 150% mileage credit. Another reason for booking this trip and fare class was to ensure that I would have enough miles to qualify for SENATOR with Miles & More. Based on my calculations, I’ll cross the SEN threshold somewhere over Greenland on the way home. More on my path to SEN in a future post….
When I compared Business Class fares that were pricing at $6000-$7000 it was a no brainer to book the Prem Eco ticket and save the $5000 to book 2 Business Class tickets when they go on sale throughout the year in the mid-$2000 area. Besides, I was not going to earn any additional miles.
I’ve flown Prem Eco earlier this year between New York and Frankfurt, and quite honestly, I was impressed with the leg room and comfort of the seat. I also felt that the cabin crew paid quite a bit of attention to us, similar to my experiences in Business class. It was that experience that had me come back to try Prem Eco once again.
However this time it is not just a 7 hour jump across the pond. With this itinerary, I fly 9 hours from Chicago to Frankfurt, spend 8 hours in FRA plane spotting (I need to track down the last 5 LH planes that I’m missing to have all of them on ‘film’) and then get on an A380 in Prem Eco and head south for 9-10 hours to Jo’Burg. Over a span of almost 30 hours, I will be in a Premium Economy seat for 18-20 hours. And the return flights are identical, which means that I’ll spend nearly 40 hours in Premium Economy during this Holiday.
It will be interesting to see if my optimism is still in place during the course of my flights. But a trip like this will allow me to put the Prem Eco travel experience to the test under different conditions (daytime vs. overnight flights for example) and come back to you with my thoughts and opinions.
My wife you ask? yep, she flying First Class on LH a day ahead of me. She kept talking about something called an ‘FCT’ and babbling about rubber ducks……weird.