Each year Lufthansa conducts an Early Bird Fall Fare Sale and provides attractive fares to those already planning trips for the 3rd and 4th quarter.  Last year the sale was held in July so this year’s version is even an “Earlier Bird” sale.

Budapest seems to be the best deal during this sale with fares as low as $830 from Chicago and and only $930 from Los Angeles.  Other USA gateways to Budapest run in the low $1000 range.

Other deals are available between the US and most of Lufthansa’s European destinations and in most cases fares are running between $1100 (East Coast/Midwest departures) to $1300 (West Coast departures).


The Terms/Conditions are as follows:

Tickets must be purchased by MAY 8, 2014.

You must depart between AUGUST 24 and OCTOBER 25, 2014.

You must return between AUGUST 31 and JANUARY 25, 2015.

Tickets must be purchased 14 days ahead of departure.


Keep in mind that these fares are valid for travel on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Brussels, United or Air Canada so be mindful when booking your trip.   I say this because the amount of miles you’ll earn for your Frequent Flyer account can vary widely based on the carrier who operates your flight.  In some cases, deep discount economy fares like this may earn 50% or even no miles depending on the program that you credit miles to.  If you are uncertain, please let me know and I can help you figure out the best combination for earning miles.