Star Alliance founding father Lufthansa offers a really nice set of business class fares to Chinese airports Beijing, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai as well as Hong Kong. Flights from Warsaw start at PLN 5,511 (~€1,286) and feature a stopover in either Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich.
The following fares are available with departure from Warsaw:
- Beijing at PLN 5,511 (~€1,286)
- Shanghai at PLN 5,511 (~€1,286)
- Nanjing at PLN 5,554 (~€1,296)
- Hong Kong at PLN 5,565 (~€1,299)
- Qingdao at PLN 5,715 (~€1,334)
Searching with departure from Prague will get you results in a similiar price range, starting at CZK 33,118 (~€1,296) .
Each leg consists of two flight segments, one short haul flight from Warsaw to a Lufthansa Group hub and a long haul flight on either Austrian, Lufthansa or SWISS metal. Flights to Qingdao and Nanjing will feature a layover in Frankfurt. You will, of course, enjoy lounge access prior to any flight in your itinerary.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, this fares will be online until November 24, 2019. An offer as good as this might run out of availability earlier. It covers flights with a minimum stay of six days or at least one night from Saturday to Sunday. The maximum is three months long. The latest possible departure dates are in June 2020.
To find suiting flight dates, we advise you to hit Lufthansa’s best price search. It is easy to navigate and gives you an overview when the cheapest fares offered directly by the airline are available. Of course, you can always search dates yourself on Google Flights (instructions) and enter them in our price search to see what online travel agencies might offer. While these might be cheaper, we still advise you to purchase your tickets directly from Lufthansa.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
All tickets are issued in booking class P. That mileage that you can earn depens on which airline operates the flights in questions. This is example covers a trip from Warsaw to Shanghai with…
Austrian via Vienna
- 18,590 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,090 on LATAM Pass
- 14,050 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,150 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,050 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,050 on Miles & More
- 11,240 on EgyptAir Plus
- 11,240 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,240 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,240 on United MileagePlus
- 11,240 on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,240 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,240 on Air India Flying Returns
- 11,240 on Asiana Club
- 11,240 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 11,240 on South African Voyager
- 10,900 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,870 on ANA Mileage Club
- 680 on Asia Miles
Lufthansa via Frankfurt
- 19,500 on LATAM Pass
- 19,500 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,140 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,500 on Miles & More
- 12,500 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,120 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,120 on United MileagePlus
- 11,560 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,480 on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,110 on Asia Miles
SWISS via Zurich
- 20,120 on LATAM Pass
- 20,120 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,630 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,820 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,720 on Miles & More
- 12,500 on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,500 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,500 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,500 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,500 on Asiana Club
- 12,500 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,500 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,500 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,500 on South African Voyager
- 12,500 on United MileagePlus
- 12,500 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,500 on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,500 on Air India Flying Returns
- 8,750 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,250 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,280 on Asia Miles
Lufthansa’s Business Class on Long-Haul Routes
Lufthansa is rated as a 5-star airline through Skytrax and is the only European airline amongst the other 5-star airlines.
Business class with Lufthansa typically includes the following amenities:
- Business check in
- Priority borading
- 2 checked bags each up to 32kg
- 2 items of carry-on baggage each up to 8kg plus a personal item
- Access to business lounges across the Star Alliance network
- Access to welcome lounge in Frankfurt on the way back
All airplanes that Lufthansa utilizes for long-haul have a 2-2-2 seat configuration in business class. However there is one exception which is the single-aisle upper deck of the Boeing 747-400 that comes in a 2-2 seat configuration. All seats are fully lie-flat. Window seats do not have direct aisle access.
Service, food, inflight entertainment and the amenity kit are of high quality.
Information & Tips for China
China is the most populous and the third largest country in the world, so naturally, there is a lot to see. The most touristically important cities are the capital of China, Beijing and the financial and trade center Shanghai.
Best Time to Travel
Since the country is vast and extends over several climate zones, there is no best travel time for China. China is connected to Europe through numerous direct flights and the travel time is about 11-13 hours. Flights to China can be found for less than 400€ throughout the year, and there are also often excellent Business Class fares.
A general advice is that travel should be avoided during the Chinese national holidays, which span over the first two weeks of October. During these time tourist destinations are overcrowded with Chinese tourists on their domestic vacation.
Visa for China
Most European citizens will need a visa to enter China.
You can apply for a tourist visa at a Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your country. There you’ll hand in your visa application personally and can pick it up again after a few days. There is no faster and cheaper way.
Alternatively, you can apply for a visa by mail. The processing time will be up to two weeks, and you’ll have to pay for extra for shipping.
There are also so-called Visa services available that sometimes offer a faster (and maybe even cheaper) way to get your Visa. Check local sites to find out more.
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Information & Tips for Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.
Entry & Visa
Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.
The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$ 9. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.
Getting from the airport to the city center
The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city center within 24 minutes and will cost you around 12€ per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately 35€.
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