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 (~€1,171) 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 (~€1,171)
- Shanghai at PLN 5,511 (~€1,171)
- Nanjing at PLN 5,554 (~€1,180)
- Hong Kong at PLN 5,565 (~€1,182)
- Qingdao at PLN 5,715 (~€1,214)
Searching with departure from Prague will get you results in a similiar price range, starting at CZK 33,118 (~€1,390) .
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 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 airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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
- 18,592 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 14,052 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,960 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,160 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,060 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 12,058 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 11,560 Miles on Miles&More
- 11,560 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,242 Award Miles + 2,248 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,242 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,242 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 11,242 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 11,242 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,242 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,240 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 11,240 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 11,240 Miles on South African Voyager
- 10,900 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,870 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Lufthansa via Frankfurt
- 19,504 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,148 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,508 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 12,506 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,122 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,122 Award Miles + 2,424 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,120 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,120 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,120 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,562 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,484 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
SWISS via Zurich
- 20,126 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,632 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,824 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,724 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 12,506 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,506 Award Miles + 2,500 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,506 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,506 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,506 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,506 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,506 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,506 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,506 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,506 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,506 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,506 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,504 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,504 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,504 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 12,504 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,866 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,754 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
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.
→ All Dealz for China
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 centre
The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city centre within 24 minutes and will cost you around €12 per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately €35.
→ All Dealz for Hong Kong