Lufthansa has quietly launched a fantastic First Class fare sale. Before you get too excited there are a few provisions that you have to abide by.
First, the sale is a 2 for 1 deal, so you have to buy 2 tickets in order to take advantage of the pricing.
Next, your travel must originate from an Austrian airport, including but not limited to Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, etc. and connect through either Munich or Frankfurt. You’ll also need to return to Austria.
The destinations are limited to Asia (including India), Africa and South America. From doing a quick fare search, I was not able to find any deals to North America. Also, not every date or routing has this fare available. It is a bit of hit-n-miss and a bit of luck.
However, you can find fantastic deals like Graz to Hong Kong for only €2390 per person. That’s less than a typical Business Class seat and you also get to enjoy things like Caviar, Rimowa Amenity Kits and visits to the First Class Lounges and First Class Terminal!
Other fare examples include Rio for €3500, Beijing / Shanghai for €2999, Johannesburg for €3500 and Dubai for €2499.
The rules of the fares are as follows:
The fares are available for booking until August 13 (or when sold out).
Travel must take place between August 13, 2015 and March 31, 2016.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure.
Your connecting flight from Austria to Germany will be in Business Class.
The Fares appear to booking to ‘A’ so you’ll earn 3x/miles.
Hopefully your travel plans are flexible enough so that you can take advantage of this great offer!
Please note, if you are having trouble finding the fares online, you may need to call the reservation center since this is considered a companion fare and may not be properly loaded into their online reservation systems.
You can also contact SkyTravelAgent.com for assistance in booking this fare. I’ve used them successfully in building mileage runs and taking advantage of fare sales and recommend them highly!
A big H/T to FlyerTalk’s Oliver2002!
AUSTRIAN has partnered Vienna’s Tourist Board and has begun offering the Vienna Card to their passengers.
With the card (€18.90 for 48 hours / €21.90 for 72 hours), ‘OS’ passengers can take advantage of over 200 discounts to sites and attractions within Vienna. This also includes the ability to travel Vienna’s mass transit system (Train/Buses/Trams) for free. In addition, Austrian passengers traveling in Economy will receive 10% off of the cost of admission to Austrian’s 3 Business Class Lounges in Vienna’s Airport (VIE). The cost of lounge access is €35.00 (per passenger) before the discount and can only be used once on the date of your departure.
To learn more about the card and to see the list of specific venues where the discounts apply, please visit the Vienna Tourism website.
The card will be available for purchase directly through Austrian’s website right after you complete you booking. You can also buy the card at locations throughout Vienna including hotels, tourist information centers, the central train station, and Winier Linien locations.
After yesterday’s brief surprise ‘fare sale’ that was giving away Business Class travel between the USA and Europe for only $1500 R/T , it looks like the deal is back in a limited manner.
Last night you could have booked travel to most of Europe from non-major US gateways for $1500 or less in some cases. The fares were basically bought up within 6-8 hours after being released but it now looks as though a limited number of opportunities has re-emerged.
As of an hour ago or so, I noticed that Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels, Air Canada and United are once again offering business fares that are equal to or below economy fare tickets. This time though the options are fewer and further between and primarily focus on most of Italy and France. There are however a few pockets available to London and Amsterdam.
The key to finding this unadvertised special is to book travel from non-hub cities in the USA. In other words, you won’t find these fares as easily from places like NYC or ORD. Its not to say that you won’t but the odds are not with you.
Visit the new look of Lufthansa.com’s booking engine to book this great opportunity!