Lufthansa announced an economy fare sale today that provides some of the lowest fares that you will see to some of their destinations.   For example, Washington to Istanbul is only $489.   Recently Istanbul has been a fare “battle ground” among several airlines making it a great time to visit this wonderful city.   My wife and I spent several days there last summer and had an absolutely wonderful time.   Fares to Istanbul from most East Coast cities range from $489 to $550.  From the west coast, most fares to Istanbul range in the mid $800’s.  Be mindful that these fares will only earn you %50 percent of the miles you travel, so going to IST solely as a mileage run is not good “mile-running economics”.  However, it is a great fare if you want to go see a great city!

Moscow is also attractively priced with fares staring from only $529 from the east coast and $960 from the west coast but again be careful regarding the miles that you will earn with these fares.

Terms and Conditions apply and are as follows:

Tickets must be purchased by March 12, 2013.

You must depart between February 21 and March 31, 2013.

You must return between February 24 and April 20, 2013.

Tickets must be purchased 7 days prior to travel.

Fares are valid for travel on Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels, Swiss, United or Lufthansa.

A Saturday night stay is required.



At the same time, Lufthansa is also running a very decent Business Class fare sale.  The best pricing for fares is found for travel departing from New York, with most fares ranging between $2700 and $2900.   These fares are generally  the lowest that you’ll see for Business Class on Lufthansa.   Fares from other US gateways start in the low $3000’s and work their way up from there.   For this fare sale, New York offers the best prices (Even beating Boston in this case).  The business class fares are valid on Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss or United.  If you want my unsolicited advice, you’ll absolutely want to make sure that you are flying Austrian, Brussels, Lufthansa or Swiss.   They’ll provide you with the best hospitality and product.

Terms and Conditions apply and are as follows:

Tickets must be purchased by March 6, 2013

You must depart between March 24 and April 5, 2013

You must return between March 31 and April 10, 2013

Tickets must be purchased 28 days prior to travel.