Star Alliance member Lufthansa and its partner SWISS offer some very attractive economy class fares to destinations in Asia. Flights start as cheap as €297, or €80 more to include a checked bag of up to 23 kg and be fully refundable. All flights have at least one layover in either Frankfurt, Zurich, or Munich both ways. Except to Singapore, luggage is not included in the cheapest fare.
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.
These are the cheapest prices for each of the fares:
Eco Light (non-refundable):
Lufthansa’s eco flex fare includes 23 kg of luggage and can be canceled for free.
The flights have a layover in Frankfurt, Munich, or Zurich. Lufthansa will usually use an Airbus A350 while Swiss will either fly with a Boeing 777 or Airbus A330.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal from Amsterdam:
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According to the fare rules, this offer is valid until February 28, 2021, but the airline may withdraw it earlier. You can travel throughout 2021, but there doesn’t seem to be any availability during the summer vacation. A minimum stay of six days applies – or a single night from Saturday to Sunday.
You may find suiting flight dates on Google Flights or via Lufthansa’s price search. We highly recommend booking directly with Lufthansa.
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 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 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 information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, 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 and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. 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.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
The tickets are issued in booking class K. At Miles&More you’ll get 25% of the distance as status miles (50% for status holders) and 4-6 miles per spent euro. Most other programs, however, won’t give you any miles at all, except for these (based on a SWISS roundtrip to Singapore via Zurich):
- 13,558 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 4,068 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,602 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,502 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,452 Miles on Miles&More
- 3,452 Award Miles + 160 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 3,390 Award Miles + 678 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 3,390 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 3,390 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
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