Lufthansa has launched its AnyWay Travel Pass promotion with one way flights to cities like Bangkok, Hong Kong or Johannesburg from just £139.
The only snag is that you will only find out about your flight details two days before departure.
How does it work?
You choose your destination and travel date – those elements are fixed so you at least know when and where you are going!
Two days before departure you will receive an email with your exact flight details. You have no control over this so you could be on a very early or very late flight out of the UK.
It’s highly likely that you will have to change planes in Munich, Vienna, Dusseldorf, Zurich, Geneva or Frankfurt. Your trip will be on one or more of Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian Airlines.
You can fly from Birmingham, London Heathrow or Manchester and either book a one way or return trip.
Destinations included in the promotion are: Tel Aviv, Cairo, Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Bangkok, Nairobi, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Sao Paulo.
Here is the pricing:
Tel Aviv, Cairo: £139 each way
Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai: £149 each way
Bangkok, Nairobi, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Hong Kong: £199 each way
Cape Town, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo: £249 each way
Flights must be booked by 31st August for travel between 28th October 2018 and 31st March 2019. You will earn Miles & More miles, or any other Star Alliance miles, with your flights as usual.
Note that groups of adults may be separated onto different flights. Children under 18 will always be placed on the same routing as a parent.
As you can book one way tickets, this is a good opportunity to use Avios for the inbound as availability allows and then get a cheap flight home. You CANNOT book a one-way ticket TO the UK.
(EDIT: As per the comments, because there are no taxes on one-way flights from Hong Kong, this would work well for getting a cheap premium cabin Avios ticket back.)
Since SWISS and Austrian have more limited route networks compared to Lufthansa – and I am guessing some cities on the list are only served by Lufthansa – this is less of a gamble than you imagine.
One potential issue is that you may well end up with a substantial layover at your stopover airport as you will probably be slotted onto the emptiest flights available with little concern over how long you will be in transit. You can be sure, though, that you will eventually end up where you want to go on the day you want to go there.
What I did find interesting is how easy the booking process is, compared to how you usually book a flight, because all choices are taken away. There is no comparing seat maps or aircraft types, or calculating the best flight times or minimising transits. You simply say ‘I want to go to Dubai on xxth xxxxxber’ and the website says ‘That is £149 thank you’ and that’s it!