Lufthansa has published what are perhaps the lowest fares I’ve ever seen between Chicago and Frankfurt or Munich. The economy fares coincide with the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend and run into mid-December. This lines up PERFECTLY with the opening of the Holiday Market season throughout Germany and the rest of Europe.
The best fare that I could find was a $525 deal between Chicago and Munich. Frankfurt was next at only $535. The rest of Germany and Europe were are priced at their typical $800-1200 range but with some creative booking, you can book separate tickets to take you deeper into Europe for far less. Valid travel dates for this deal are between November 22 and December 15.
The catch with these fares is that a 7 day stay is required but there is no weekend travel blackout for the deals. In other words the fares are not higher if your flights take place Thursday through Sunday. There’s no end date to this fare sale. It’s one of those ‘while supplies lasts’ kind of offers.
The fares are valid for travel on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Air Canada, and United so you have plenty of flexibility as far as carriers are concerned. As long as your travel originates in Chicago you can fly on any of these carriers and benefit from this low fare.