Lufthansa has announced beginning with the Winter 2018 season, they will no longer fly Frankurt-Jeddah-Addis Ababa as a single route. Instead, the 2 cities will now see dedicated service from Frankfurt. The new non-stop flights are both scheduled to begin on October 28, 2018.
For Addis Ababa, this means that an A340 will fly the route 5 times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (from Frankfurt). Flight LH598 will depart Frankfurt at 2:10p and arrive in Addis Ababa at 10:55p. The return flight will operate as LH599 departing Addis Ababa at 12:55a, arriving in Frankfurt at 6:35a.
For Jeddah, an A330 will fly the route daily except for Wednesdays. Flight 652 will depart Frankfurt at 2:10p, arriving in Jeddah at 9:40p. Flight LH653 will depart Jeddah at 1:50a, arriving in Frankfurt at 5:45a.
Lufthansa has announced that it has changed its approach to First Class upgrades for members of Miles & More.
Beginning April 3, 2018, all revenue based Lufthansa Business Class fare classes will be eligible for upgrade to First Class. Until this announcement, Miles & More members could only upgrade using their E-Vouchers if they flew certain Business Class fare classes. For example, purchasing a ‘P’ fare (deep discount fare) ticket would not allow you to upgrade to First. That is now no longer the case. Any Business Class ticket that you PAY for is eligible for upgrade. Award tickets obviously remain un-upgradeable!
Lufthansa made this switch to align with the policy in place with SWISS who has always allowed any Business Class seat to be upgradeable to First Class using e-vouchers. It’s a smart move for LH to make the upgrade policy consistent between the 2 Lufthansa Group carriers that offer First Class cabins.
Speaking from personal experience, the previous policy impacted my decision making a great deal. It was the old upgrade policy that had me choose to fly with SWISS more often than Lufthansa when I had e-vouchers to use for upgrades.
Now LH group passengers have a level playing field when it comes to choosing which of the 2 carriers to fly if they are looking to redeem upgrades to First Class.
In addition to my previous post talking about the A350 coming to places like Chicago, Mexico City, and New York’s JFK there are a few other cities that will see LH’s newest Munich-based flagship.
Beginning on March 25, the A346 currently flying between Munich and Newark will be replaced by an A350. Though the schedule says it’s only in place for Spring and Summer, I suspect that the A350 will become a year-round visitor to Newark.
Denver will also begin to see the A350 next week, though the introduction will be phased in. Between March 25 and May 31, the A350 will fly to Denver everyday EXCEPT for Tuesday and Thursday. Then, between June 1 and June 30, the A350 will fly to ‘DEN’ everyday except Thursday. The A350 will fly the route daily beginning July 1.
In addition to Newark and Denver, the A350 will also debut on the daily flight between Munich and Vancouver beginning May 1. The A350 will replace the A333 that currently serves the route.
Lufthansa apparently has gone on a bender with some of the offers they’ve introduced this week.
The latest includes a very attractive 2 for 1 Business Class sale to the USA from Germany where you can snag fares such as Frankfurt to Chicago for 2 passengers for only €3300, or Munich to Washington for €3300 among other deals. Looking at the details from Lufthansa, they’re covering most of their USA destinations with this offer. The deal covers flights originating from most cities in Germany.
For the First Class sale, fares from Germany to most US destinations range in the €5200 to €5900 for 2 passengers making it perhaps the best First Class deal we’ve ever seen from Lufthansa. If my math is correct, you’re looking at fares as low as €2600 per passenger to fly First Class between Germany and the USA.
For both offers, the following applies:
The deal is available for booking between March 14 and March 28, 2018. Departures have to take place between June 22, 2018 and August 11, 2018. Return travel has to take place between June 29 and August 26, 2018. Tickets MUST be booked through Lufthansa.com and must be purchased at least 14 days prior to departure.
Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian have posted a sensational Business Class fare sale for travel that originates from either Europe or North America!
The sale is scheduled to last until March 28 and covers travel between June 22 and August 11, 2018.
Some examples of the sale:
- Frankfurt – New York for $2064
- Prague – Washington DC for $2100
- Munich – Los Angeles for $2600
In fact, most Business Class fares to the USA, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Mexico are ranging between $2000 and $3000, making this a fantastic opportunity for summer travel.
What’s especially nice about this fare sale is that it covers travel in both directions. Usually a fare sale is targeted towards departures from Europe OR North America. Though prices from North America are about $100-$300 more than prices for travel that starts in Europe.
The fares are also available for United and Air Canada operated flights, but why go there especially if United may kill your dog…..