Perhaps to cut short booking losses in the current crisis, Lufthansa is selling discounted premium economy tickets from Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. Starting at €411, the Star Alliance member will take you to worldwide destinations, such as South Africa, India and Thailand – with a layover in Frankfurt or Munich. The short trips between Amsterdam and Germany are regular economy flights, but your long haul segments garantuee a little extra space, comfort and attention.
Many destinations have currently imposed travel restrictions, but all show availability up to January or February 2021. We strongly advise against booking any flights in the first half of 2020.
Lufthansa has waived its rebooking fee, but you’d still have to pay the price difference when changing flights. It could be several hundred Euro.
You may find the following destinations & prices:
- Nursultan, Kazakhstan at €411
- Tehran, Iran at €427
- Bahrain at €498
- Dammam, Saudi-Arabia at €546
- Kuwait at €550
- Almaty, Kazakhstan at €550
- Nairobi, Kenya at €556
- Mumbai, India at €564
- Delhi, India at €565
- Bangkok, Thailand at €591
- Riad, Saudi-Arabia at €596
- Bengaluru, India at €619
- Johannesburg, South Africa at €669
- Jakarta, Indonesia at €700
- Bogota, Colombia at €702
- Hong Kong at €725
- Abuja, Nigeria at €731
- Lagos, Nigeria at €733
- Chennai, India at €758
- and more…
When booking via lufthansa.com, you can freely combine travel classes for your out- and inbound flights. For example, you can travel premium economy to Bangkok and combine it with a business class inbound.
Lufthansa’s premium economy cabin is of the better ones: It grants more space in seat width and pitch, larger monitors and free luggage compared to regular economy class fares. You can read more about the product in Dennis’ review:
Please be aware that flights from Munich to Bangkok are operated by Eurowings. You should choose a layover in Frankfurt or Zurich to avoid getting an inferior premium product without a decrease in price.
Search & Book
We were not able to find any fare rules and therefore cannot give you an expiration date. A minimum stay of six days or at least one night from Saturday to Sunday applies. Most destinations show great, almost daily availability well into 2021.
You can find suiting flight dates on Google Flights (instructions) and check out our flight search to find the cheapest offers from online travel agencies. You can also book directly via lufthansa.com, which we usually recommend. This time, it is clearly the best way to buy your tickets, because refund conditions are best when avoiding OTAs.
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.
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