While business class companion sales for long haul flights are understandably more popular, you can strike bargains for short haul travel, as well. Star Alliance member Lufthansa currently offers such a deal with departure from the United Kingdom.
Tickets are cheapest with departure from Edinburgh taking you Zurich for £158 (~€177) per person. You can depart from any other UK airport that Lufthansa serves, including London City Airport.
This is a companion sale. You have to buy at least two tickets to get the quoted price.
Our Go2 search from lists all possible destinations available for less than £200 (~€224) per person. Most of them are nonstop services, because the cities are Lufthansa Group hubs. You can find more destinations on the sale’s landing page.
Here are some examples for interesting flights (there are many more combinations possible):
- Edinburgh – Zurich at £158 (~€177) p.p.
- London City – Zurich at £159 (~€178) p.p.
- Edinburgh – Brussels at £161 (~€180) p.p.
- Heathrow – Munich at £163 (~€182) p.p.
- Heathrow – Vienna at £166 (~€186) p.p.
- Heathrow – Frankfurt at £175 (~€196) p.p.
- Manchester – Munich at £178 (~€199) p.p.
- London City – Frankfurt at £192 (~€215) p.p.
The offer is valid for flights before December 12, 2022.
Flights are operated by Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa or Swiss. All business class products are very similar, you can expect economy class seating with a blocked middle seat (or a blocked aisle seat in 2-seat-rows). You still enjoy free beverage and meal services during your flight, as well as priority services and lounge access on the ground.
Search & Book
According to Lufthansa’s landing page, tickets are on sale until April 26, 2022 for flights before December 12, 2022. Availability depends a lot on your desired origin and departure airport. You can add up to nine adults on your booking.
Google Flights previews available flight dates accurately, but not at the correct price. If you select the cheapest flight available, the price tends to drop by several hundred pounds. After finding suiting flight dates, we recommend booking on lufthansa.com.
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.
Tickets are generally issued in booking class P. Because of the short travel distances, you won’t gain enourmos amounts of miles. This example covers the trip from Edinburgh to Zurich above:
- 2,498 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 1,940 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 1,552 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 1,552 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,552 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 1,552 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,552 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 1,552 Miles on South African Voyager
- 1,552 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 1,552 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,552 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 1,552 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 1,552 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 1,550 Award Miles + 310 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 1,550 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 1,500 Miles on Miles&More
- 1,086 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 776 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
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