Star Alliance founding member Lufthansa has put a very attractive on business class tickets from Manchester. Nonstop round trips to German cities Frankfurt and Munich are available for as little as £172/€200, with multiple departures each week at the lowest fare until December 2021. Included are two checked bags up to 23 kg, lounge access at your departure airport and a free middle seat on both flights.
You can find multiple departures each week at the lowest fare from now until December 2021. You have to stay at least three days, a Saturday or a Sunday in Germany to get the sub-£180 round trips.
You can expect to board Lufthansa’s Airbus A320 family short haul fleet. These sport regular 3-3 economy seating in business class, but the middle seat remains empty. Sometimes a Canadair Jet or Embraer Jet flies the rotation to Great Britain. These also sport the usual 2-2 economy seating up front, with the aisle seat being blocked.
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The fare rules give no restrictions on this fare despite a minimum stay of three days, a Saturday or a Sunday. No travel or sales period is mentioned.
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.
Lufthansa issues these tickets in booking class P. Even the short trip to Munich may earn you some decent mileage with the following programs:
- 2,262 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 1,756 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 1,500 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,406 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 1,406 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 1,406 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 1,404 Award Miles + 280 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 984 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 702 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 402 Award Miles + 1,500 Tier Miles on Miles&More