Star Alliance member Lufthansa is currently selling cheap tickets from France to Asia. Now, at first glance, these prices might seem good but not exactly spectacular. Well, they are! Why? Because these are Economy Flex fares, meaning that they include luggage and that you can simply cancel them and get your money back. Basically, it’s the most risk-free option that you could wish for in these times!
You can fly from either Paris, Strasbourg, Nantes, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, or Bordeaux. Basically, from any French airport that Lufthansa flies to.
All fares already include one piece of checked luggage (up to 23 kg). The flights are usually via Munich (or sometimes Frankfurt). To some destinations, you can also pay even less to get the Light fare instead of the flex fare, such as flying to Seoul for only €388. But we don’t necessarily recommend that, as the flexibility and luggage is usually worth the price difference.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, we also have other economy class deals from France:
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According to the fare rules, this offer should be available until February 1, 2021 for flights commencing before the end of October 2021. You will have to stay for a least 5 nights (or a Sunday) and can book your return flight for up to three months after your departure in Europe. The availability is highest from March until July 2021, except for Singapore, where you can fly until October 2021.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The tickets are issued in booking class K, meaning that the options for getting miles credited are limited. Here’s an example for a Strasbourg – Singapore roundtrip via Munich:
- 3,860 on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,370 on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,370 on Miles & More
- 3,220 on United MileagePlus
Cover Picture: Ditmar Lange