Lufthansa’s current ‘Y+’ sale wraps up in about a week, and in the mean time there are some deals that come close to what regular economy class tickets would cost during peak summer travel.
The sale to Europe covers most of the summer travel period and has fares starting as low as $1550 for New York – Milan and goes up into the mid-$1900 range for East Coast and Midwest departures. West Coast fares start in the low $2000 neighborhood. Compared to Economy fares during this ‘summer peak’ book period, the Premium Economy fares are only $400-600 more and you certainly get a good value for that premium, including better seats, additional free ‘check-in luggage’, and more miles for your frequent flyer account in most cases when compared to Economy.
At the same time, Lufthansa is running specials to Africa where you can get from the USA to Northern Africa for less than $1000 in Economy. But this fare sale covers departures for mid to late May only.
For the Premium Economy sale to Europe, the sale ends on May 17 and covers departures taking place between May 22 and August 22. Return travel must take place between June 5 and November 22. Weekend surcharges may apply for Thursday-Sunday departure or returns.
Lufthansa has started a Premium Economy fare sale that runs for the next 7 days with fares as low as I’ve ever seen since the roll-out of the product. For example, New York – Milan can be had for as low as $1329, and Chicago – Athens for only $1479.
Attractive fares exist from all of LH’s North American gateways to most European destinations. Most east cost fares range in the $1400-1600 area, the mid-west ranges in the $1500-1700 area, while the west coast runs about $1700 to $1900. These fares are not much higher than peak economy class fares and you certainly pick up a much better value with Premium Economy seats.
The fares book into ‘N’ class so you’ll earn 100% of miles flown towards your Miles&More account balances. Premium Economy tickets also allow you to check 2 bags (50 lbs each) free of charge.
The fares cover Spring and early Summer travel. Specifically:
Departures must take place between April 13 and May 12.
Returns must take place between April 13 and August 12.
Weekend surcharges apply (so book Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday travel for best pricing).
Tickets must be purchased 28 days prior to departure.
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy Sale comes to an end on February 19. Some decent prices exist for several destinations throughout Europe.
One of best deals is a $969 offer between Tampa and St. Petersburg Russia. Otherwise most European destinations from the East Coast range in the $1200-1350 range and the rest of the US to Europe runs anywhere from $1500-1900. The East Coast fares are the most attractive since they rival economy fares during ‘high’ seasons.
For you money, you get a better seat, more legroom and an overall better experience than Economy. I’ve ‘tested’ the Premium Economy seat on flights between Frankfurt and Johannesburg and even after 10 hours each way, had very little to complain about and would do it again.
As far as rules go, departures must take place by March 17,2016 and return travel must be completed by June 17. Tickets need to be purchased 14 days in advance of departure. A $60 weekend surcharge may apply for Friday / Saturday / Sunday travel.
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy fare sale between the USA and Europe has some attractive deals that are available for booking until the end of the month. One of the best offers is between Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg (Russia) for only $959. Granted that this is operated through their ‘JUMP’ LCC concept, but the seat and cabin is identical to the mainline version.
Otherwise, most of LH’s destinations in Europe can be reached from the East Coast in the $1,100 – $1,400 range while fares from the Midwest and West Coast start in the mid $1,500 area and work their way up to $1780 for departures from Houston and San Francisco. These sale fares are booking into ‘N’ class so you’ll earn 100% of miles flown for your Miles & More account.
The fine print:
Fare sale ends on January 29, 2016
Departures must take place between January 31 and March 17, 2016.
Return travel must take place between January 31 and June 30, 2016.
Maximum stay of 3 months.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days ahead of departure date.
Need to figure how which seat to choose? Refer to this post that covers the Premium Economy Seating Charts for the fleet.
For next several days, Lufthansa is running a relatively attractive Premium Economy fare sale from the USA to most of their European destinations.
This sale also includes flights operated by LH’s Low Cost Carrier flights operated by their ‘Cityline’ unit. For example Tampa Bay, Florida to St. Petersburg, Russia can be had for only $950 in Premium Economy.
Other attractive fares for this sale include Chicago – Krakow for $1350 and Houston – Milan for $1400. Otherwise most fares from the East Coast starting in $1400-$1500 range and West Coast departures range between $1700 and $1900.
The fare sale details:
Sale ends on December 15, 2015
Departures can take place between December 24, 2015 and March 17, 2016.
Return flights can take place between December 27, 2015 and June 17, 2016.
Tickets must be purchased 14 days prior to departure.
For those of you who have not flown LH’s Premium Economy, I can recommend it from personal experience. This year I flew a handful of Premium Economy segments including runs between the US and Frankfurt as well as between Frankfurt and Johannesburg. Though not a Business or First Class seat, they are quite acceptable, even for a 10 hour run between FRA and JNB!