SWISS Economy Sale Ex-USA Ends Tomorrow!

SWISS Economy Sale Ex-USA Ends Tomorrow!

SWISS’ current fare sale for Economy Class travel between the US and Europe ends on October 7.   This particular fare sale has 4 different groupings of valid travel dates between now and the first quarter of next year.

The first 2 groups cover departures between now and October 31 as well as between December 16 and December 23.   The fares for these travel dates a little bit higher than the other 2 groups.  On average I found these fares to be about $50-75 higher than the other group.  For example, Chicago – Zurich during this time frame can be had for $932.

The second group covers departures between November 1 and December 15 as well as between December 24 and March 17.    The same Chicago – Zurich airfare can be had for only $882.

The best fare that I was able to find from among the entire fare sale is a very attractive one between New York and Saint Petersburg which can be booked for ONLY $504.

Unfortunately the terms and conditions are not spelled out as well as they should be. There is no information provided as to when return travel has to take place, or what the minimum and maximum stay requirements are for the fares.

 


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LUFTHANSA USA Fare Sale Until August 31 — Starting at $599.

LUFTHANSA USA Fare Sale Until August 31 — Starting at $599.

Lufthansa’s current Economy Class Fare Sale from the US ends on August 31st and there are a few deals to be had.

The most attractive deal of the sale appears to be Tampa Bay – St. Petersburg for $599.  And no, it’s not St. Petersburg, Florida.

Otherwise most fares from the East Coast start from the low $700s and West Coast fares start from the mid $800 range.

In addition to the August 31 deadline for the sale, here are the remaining Terms and Conditions:

Departures must take place between September 22 and October 25, 2015.

Returns must take place between September 23 and January 25, 2015.

Tickets must be purchased 28 days in advance.

Weekend departures/arrivals may incur minor surcharges.

Remember to pay attention to the carrier operating your flights when making reservations!  Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels, Air Canada and United can all potentially be booked.   You should know my opinion on the matter by now!


LUFTHANSA:  New Fare Structures For Europe Now In Effect

LUFTHANSA: New Fare Structures For Europe Now In Effect

 

In case you missed my previous post eluding to the new fare structure rolling out for Lufthansa passengers traveling within Europe, it has now been put in force.

Beginning July 28 (Europe Central Time), Lufthansa passengers who book flights taking place in Europe on October 1 or later will have a simplified 3-tiered fare menu:  Light, Classic, and Flex.

At the end of this post, you’ll find 2 charts provided by Lufthansa that help put these new fares into perspective with benefits, costs, etc.

 

A brief description of each fare level:

LIGHT:

1 piece of carry-on luggage up t0 8 kilograms / 17 pounds.

Fares will be non-refundable and non-changeable.

For additional fees you can select your seat prior to check-in, check a bag (up to 50 kilograms / 23 pounds) or book seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead and exit row seating.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

CLASSIC:

1 piece of luggage up to 23 kilograms / 50 pounds.

1 carry-on up to 8 kilograms / 17 pounds.

Free seat selection at the time of booking.

For additional fees you will be able to check additional baggage or select seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead or exit row seating.

Fares can be rebooked for a fee, but are non-refundable.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

FLEX:

1 piece of luggage up to 23 kilograms / 50 pounds.

1 carry on up to 8 kilograms  17 / pounds.

Free seat selection at the time of booking.

For additional fees you will be able to check additional luggage or select seats with extra leg room such as bulkhead or exit row seating.

Fares can be rebooked for free and refundable for a fee.

Eligible for Award and Status miles.

50% Award Mile Bonus.

Regardless of which fare class is booked, Miles and More members will retain their status benefits so access to lounges, priority boarding, priority security etc. will not be affected.   Star Alliance Gold members also will be able to use their benefits as well, including access to Senator lounges, priority check-in, etc.   However, regardless of status level, passengers will be required to pay for a seat if they wish to choose a seat at booking under a ‘Light Fare’ and will need to pay if checking a bag.

Additionally, onboard catering will not be impacted by which fare class you select.   All passengers in Economy will receive the same level of beverage and meal service.

 

The following charts  should clarify any questions that you may have, including additional costs that are involved:

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