LUFTHANSA Fare Sale Highlight:  NYC – FRA for $600.00

LUFTHANSA Fare Sale Highlight: NYC – FRA for $600.00

Lufthansa’s current fare sale brings prices down to historical lows for certain routes, especially from the East Coast and Mid-West gateways.

The best fare is New York – Frankfurt that can book booked for as low as $625.00.  Chicago – Stuttgart isn’t too bad at $749.00.  Otherwise most east coast fares, especially from the Northeast gateways range between $800 and $900, while the Southeastern gateways run from $950 to 1200, making them less attractive, especially since most fares from the West Coast range between $1100 and $1300.

This sale has an extended timeframe and runs until September 15.

The details:

Departures must take place between September 13 and October 29.

Returns must take place between September 13 and April 29.

Tickets must be purchased 21 days ahead of departure date.

Weekend surcharge of $60 may be applied if traveling between Thursday and Sunday.

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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Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Introduce Streamlined Economy Fare Concepts

Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Introduce Streamlined Economy Fare Concepts

Beginning on October 1 Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian passengers will have a simplified three-tiered Economy fare choice for intra-European travel.   The structure is loosely based on the current Germanwings concept that affords different ‘extras’ based on which of the 3 classes is booked.

The 3 Economy fare options will be ‘Light’, ‘Classic’, and ‘Flex’ and here is a breakdown of what the characteristics are for each of the 3:

 

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.

Booking for these new fare classes will be open beginning June 23 for SWISS flights while Austrian and Lufthansa will open their booking systems for these new fares starting on July 28.  Remember, these fares take effect for travel beginning on October 1, 2015.


SWISS Fare Sales Ex-USA: Good Business and Economy Deals!

SWISS Fare Sales Ex-USA: Good Business and Economy Deals!

SWISS is running concurrent fare sales for travel between the USA and SWISS destinations throughout Europe.

For Spring travel, SWISS is offering attractive economy fares that start as low as the mid $700 range (Newark – Milan) for travel in April and May.   Otherwise, most east coast fares to Europe are under $1000.   Fares from the west coast start at approximately $1100 (Los Angeles – Berlin) and range to approximately $1400 on the high end (LAX  to Paris or Luxembourg).

For Summer travel, a Business Class fare sale is in place that has most fares from the east coast ranging in the very low $3000 range to most destinations.   Fares from the west coast typically run in the $4000-4300 range.   The valid travel period for the Business Class sale is between June 29 and September 3.

Keep in mind that the fare sale covers departures & arrivals taking place between Monday and Thursday.  Weekend travel will incur a small surcharge.

 


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SWISS Fare Deals ex-USA For The First Quarter Of 2015

SWISS Fare Deals ex-USA For The First Quarter Of 2015

SWISS is running an economy fare sale for travel from the USA to a variety European destinations during the first quarter of 2015.    Fares are as low as $750 (New York – Naples) and run up to the $1000-1200 range for most flights departing Los Angeles and San Francisco.   Fares from SWISS’ other US gateways fall in between this range.

The best availability and pricing is found for mid-week departures and returns (Tuesday through Thursday).   Fares that involve departures and arrivals during weekends carry a small surcharge.  Also, when I was doing a few sample bookings to confirm the fare details, I found that it takes a 7 day stay to get the lowest fares during this sale.

The fares are valid for travel between January 9 and March 12, 2015.

By the way, stayed tuned for a great contest coming from SWISS on December 14 that involves a prize to St. Moritz!! Details to come…..


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