We’ve recently informed you about the great business class deals with departure from Poland. And members of the Lufthansa Group are now also selling discounted tickets for flights to Asia from Bucharest or Timișoara in Romania. Prices start at only €1,225 (~RON 6,063) for trips to Shanghai or Beijing.
Here are all the prices and destinations with departure from Timișoara. If you’d rather fly out of Henri Coandă International airport in Bucharest, you will have to pay a little more (around €10).
- Shanghai at €1,225 (~RON 6,063)
- Beijing at €1,225 (~RON 6,063)
- Mumbai at €1,324 (~RON 6,553)
- Hong Kong at €1,324 (~RON 6,553)
- Bangkok at €1,325 (~RON 6,558)
- New Delhi at €1,332 (~RON 6,592)
Since all flights will be operated by a member of the Lufthansa Group, your trip will include a layover in Munich, Frankfurt, Zurich or Vienna. You can visit the lounge while you’re waiting for your connection flight. If you need more information on the business class products that the airlines offer, check out the following reviews:
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According to the fare rules, tickets will be sold until January 12th, and the offer is valid for trips commencing between January 15th and June 30th, 2020. The availability is somewhat limited in the first few months of 2020.
The minimum stay requirement is one night from Saturday to Sunday. If you don’t want to spend the weekend, you’ll have to stay for at least five days. The most extended period until your flight back is 3 months.
The easiest way to find cheap flights is by using Google Flights (instructions). Once you’ve settled for a specific date, you can either book directly on the carrier’s website. Or use our Travel dealz flight search to compare prices that OTAs offer.
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.
All tickets will be issued in booking class P. The earning rate depends on the carrier you choose and the program you’ve signed up for. Here’s what you should get credited with for a trip from Timișoara to Beijing via Munich:
- 17,042 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 13,196 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 11,096 Miles on Miles&More
- 11,096 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 10,560 Award Miles + 2,112 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 10,558 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 10,558 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 10,558 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 10,078 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 7,390 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Source: YHBU – Thanks!