Star Alliance member airlines of the Lufthansa Group offer a bunch of discounted economy & premium economy class tickets between Eastern Europe and international destinations in Asia. Fares start at €330 in economy to Hong Kong and €676 in premium economy to Beijing. All flights have a layover in either Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich or Vienna.
Economy class from Warsaw (Prague has similar prices):
Premium economy class from Warsaw (Prague has similar prices):
For the premium economy class deals, the inner European flights are in economy class. All long haul routes feature premium economy amenities.
Lufthansa’s premium economy class is pretty solid. You can read our review of this cabin class in the following article:
Search & Book
According to the fare rules a minimum stay of 6 days is required. A maximum stay of 3 months is allowed. Travel has to be done between now and June 30, 2020. The deal expires November 24, 2019. Stopovers are not allowed. Availabilities are great.
The best way to find suitable dates and fares is Google Flights (instructions). You can then go ahead and book directly with Lufthansa, SWISS or Austrian or go with our Travel-Dealz flight search and choose the cheapest online travel agent. But we would recommend booking directly with the airline.
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.
While the economy class tickets are issued in booking class K, which gives you not much mileage accrual (mostly 25%), the premium economy class tickets are issued in booking classes Y and N. These booking classes help accumulate a good amount of mileage. Here’s a an example from Warsaw via Frankfurt to Hong Kong with Lufthansa:
- 18,448 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 13,876 Award Miles + 200 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 13,876 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,876 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,376 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,048 Miles on Miles&More
- 13,048 Award Miles + 1,834 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,046 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,046 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,046 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,046 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,600 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,490 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,490 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,490 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,490 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,490 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,490 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,490 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,932 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 11,376 Award Miles + 1,114 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 9,076 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,670 Miles on Air Malta Flypass