Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines have teamed up to offer great premium economy fares from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Newcastle to Indonesia. You can either fly to Bali-Denpasar or to Jakarta. This fare includes 2 pieces of luggage (each one up to 23 kg) and is probably the most comfortable option for these long-haul flights (except for the much more expensive business class, of course). There’s availability until September 2021.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
You would always fly from the UK to Munich with Lufthansa, then continue to Singapore in Lufthansa’s premium economy, and finish your trip with a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to Indonesia. Now, while this is what Lufthansa is selling, it is very likely that you might end up flying via Frankfurt instead of Munich, as the lower demand caused by the Coronavirus-crisis may lead to Lufthansa only operating one daily flight to Singapore, which then would definitely be the Frankfurt flight. In terms of comfort and trip length, however, this should make absolutely no difference to you.
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The fare rules only state one restriction: Your trip has to be at least 6 days long (or a Sunday). By looking at Google Flights, we can also tell that the availability seems to span from December until September 2021, with prices varying by less than £50 (~€56).
We recommend that you use Lufthansa’s best price search. Booking with the airlines is definitely the safest option in these times.
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.
The economy class flights between the UK and Germany are issued in booking class Y, while the other flights are issued in booking class N. A roundtrip from Manchester to Jakarta would give you the following mileage:
- 20,590 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,540 on Miles & More
- 15,540 on SAS EuroBonus
- 14,990 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 14,600 on United MileagePlus
- 14,600 on Air India Flying Returns
- 14,600 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 14,600 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 14,600 on EgyptAir Plus
- 14,490 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 14,450 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 14,040 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,900 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,900 on South African Voyager
- 13,900 on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,900 on Asiana Club
- 13,900 on LATAM Pass
- 13,900 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,900 on ANA Mileage Club
- 13,200 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 2,100 on Air Malta
- 1,400 on Asia Miles
- 550 on Virgin Australia Velocity