Star Alliance member Lufthansa currently offers attractive business class tickets from Budapest, selling roundtrips to Seoul for as low as HUF 549,100 (~€1,438). The beauty of this deal, however, lies in the fact that you get to discover a second Asian country! Before reaching Seoul, you can spend various days in e.g. Tokyo, Osaka, Singapore, Delhi, or Shanghai. There’s good availability December 2023 and March 2024.
Flights from Budapest to Germany/Switzerland/Austria are European business class services. The long-haul flights depend on the city that you choose for your stopover, e.g. Lufthansa uses an Airbus A350 for its flights from Munich to Osaka and Toyko, a Boeing 747 for its flight from Frankfurt to Tokyo, and Austrian uses a Boeing 777 for its flights to Shanghai. Inner-Asian flights are operated by the Korean Star Alliance member Asiana.
Many of our readers may have already experienced Lufthansa’s business class. Generally, Travel-Dealz writers and readers are not big fans of the Lufthansa business class, even though it is definitely not bad. One reason for that is that the service is too inconsistent: From extremely friendly and quick to unfriendly and slow – everything is possible with Lufthansa, even in business class.
The Austrian business class may not be known by many, but all seats are at a consistently high standard. The Boeing 767, as well as the Boeing 777, are both equipped with the same seats, which are not only comfortable but also offer a good sleeping experience. The catering is also said to be especially good.
Search & Book
The fare rules don’t give a sales period for this fare, but a minimum stay of six days or one night from Saturday to Sunday, with no upper limit. You can find availabilities from December through March.
Google Flights will help you find available flight dates for the long-haul flights. Once you’ve found the dates that suit you best, you should note the routing, and the dates.
Then head to our multi-stop search below, and enter BUD-<Stopover-City> and the first date as the first segment, e.g. BUD-KIX (Osaka) on February 4.
The second segment is from the stopover city to Seoul, on a date between the first and last date, e.g. KIX-SEL on February 7.
The third (and last) segment is from Seoul back to Budapest on your return date, e.g. SEL-BUD on February 11.
So, this is what the form should look like:
Lufthansa and Austrian issue tickets in booking class P, a rather unattractive booking class when it comes to premium tickets. Asiana flights are in booking class Z. To give you an example, a roundtrip via Vienna and Shanghai on the outbound and via Munich on the inbound yields the following mileage:
- 14,446 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,250 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,685 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,685 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,557 Award Miles + 2,294 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,443 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 11,266 CV Points on Vistara Club Vistara
- 11,046 Award Miles on LATAM Pass
- 8,371 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,830 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 6,669 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 6,419 Miles on Asiana Club
- 6,103 Miles on Egyptair Plus
- 6,052 Award Miles + 5,924 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 6,052 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 5,819 Award Miles + 520 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 5,819 Award Miles + 12,828 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 639 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 639 Miles on TAP Miles&Go
- 639 Award Miles on Etihad Guest
For other routings, feel free to use our mileage calculator.
Cover Picture: © Deutsche Lufthansa AG