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Get cheap one-way long-haul Economy flights with Lufthansa’s AnyWay Travel Pass promotion

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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.

Lufthansa AnyWay Travel Pass

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.

The flights have to be booked on this Lufthansa booking page or this SWISS booking page.  Where you book does not seem to influence which airline you eventually fly.

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!

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Comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    “As you can book one way tickets, this is a good opportunity to use Avios for the outbound as availability allows and then get a cheap flight home. You CANNOT book a one-way ticket TO the UK.”

    I assume you mean use Avios for way home and this deal for outbound? This would be best option for HKG/GRU anyway as would take advantage of no fuel surcharges from Hong Kong & Brazil.

  2. I may well never take up this offer however I wholeheartedly applaud LH for experimenting with this initiative! I believe the airline industry needs so much more innovative thinking and experimentation as per this example. Imagine if an airline offered some element of premium in this sort of mix !

  3. Shame they don’t offer it from Edinburgh too, perhaps too difficult for them with more limited FRA connections?

    BTW presumably you mean use Avios for the way back rather than the way out? 😉

  4. Someone tried something like this about 15 years ago. Like priceline (infact it might have actually been priceline).

    The system was so badly flawed – a colleague of mine went to book tickets from the UK to Spain for a weekend. You bid a price and then if accepted you found out what you’ve bought. He ended up on something like Lufthansa with overnight stops on both the outbound & return flights.

    Needless to say he wasn’t impressed. Tickets ended up in the bin I believe…

  5. Eurostar have offered a similar scheme where you pick destination and date (and possibly AM/PM) but could be on the 5am train from STP. Good to see airlines following suit with innovative solutions to fill spare capacity.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes they did not market it widely. Seemed to be they thought their target market was only about 18 years old and on Facebook.

  6. I would like to see this extended to ‘joined up public transport’ where you can buy a through ticket from A to B anywhere in the World and leave the routing to the ticket-issuing body, who also take responsibility for the journey. There are too many instances of private companies creaming off the profitable bits and leaving the rest to founder in state hands. No responsibility, no resilience in case of failure, poor outcomes.

    • Is that not what a travel agent does?

      If you literally mean the same ticket for every part of the journey, I can’t imagine through-ticketing on every public transport system in the world is remotely feasible. There is way too much stuff that can go wrong!

    • And there are plenty of instances of excellent state-owned transport and failing privatised transport.

      Anywhere in the world? Does that mean you want the shared minibus drivers in Kenya (the main way of getting round the country) to become responsible when you miss your weekly Fiji airlines flight to Tuvalu?

    • the_real_a says:

      Now living in the “regions” i need to leave a 4 hour “contingency” in between my train and flight in each direction, otherwise I’m forced to pay an extra £100-150 for anytime ticket. No wonder I choose to drive and park most days. Lufthansa used to offer trains that had a flight number attached and took care of any disruption. Its a shame that heads cannot be banged together in the UK to offer some sort of nationwide “insurance” to/from airports for feeder routes.

  7. Not knowing the exact details until 2 days before travel will cause problems with booking accommodation, especially if they do leave you with overnight stops en route.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Maybe easily-cancelled hotel points bookings could help here.

      • You don’t know where the layover is going to be. Booking 4 hotels to cancel 3 of them is going to raise some alarm bells in loyalty programs (one mile at a time had a piece on that not so long ago).

        • ankomonkey says:

          You could book across different schemes! Not trying to argue, trying to think of solutions to make a conceptually good offer a good offer in reality 🙂

    • Lady London says:

      Good if you’re visiting family though. Then you just need to take care of potential stops en route.

    • I think overnight stops are unlikely, since the long-hauls don’t depart from FRA/ZRH/VIE first thing in the morning nor do they arrive at night. If you were booking these routes on the LH website you usually wouldn’t even be offered an overnight stop unless you specifically searched via multi-city.

      I haven’t read the T&Cs of this offer though

  8. I agree with AndyL. Not going to work for everyone – I wouldn’t book it for my family of 4 for example. However IF (and it’s a big if) implemented well (a reasonable max stopover time for example) then this could be a great promo; particularly for the price-sensitive individual traveller, whil helping airlines get bums on otherwise empty seats. Think of the impoverished backpacking student and the possibilities it would open up for them that would not otherwise be there.

    • Agree. And even hanging around Frankfurt Airport for 5 hours might be interesting for a young person who has never been to Germany.

      • Lady London says:

        5 hours in Frankfurt might be pushing it Rob 🙂

        • You could work your way through all the different types of sausage available …. not much weisswurst in the UK!

        • And beers! Plus you can review a few Priority Pass lounges I guess (there are 4 in T2) 🙂

        • Umm, I thought we were talking about impoverished backpackers not Amex Plat holders. Which leads to the question – how does Lufty expect them to get home if this offer is only one-way?

        • It’s not just one way – you can buy a return but a one way MUST be from the UK, not to it. Presumably to stop Germans booking a one-way and hopping off in Frankfurt.

        • John – It’s completely normal for backpackers to travel on one-way tickets.

          Many of them don’t know when or where they’ll be finishing the trip, making return bookings difficult.

    • the_real_a says:

      I think this is great, although i dont fancy Y long haul these days. I`d be quite happy to gallivant somewhere for a few days with limited notice. It would be even better if short haul was included in the destinations.

  9. Ho Hum
    cost to Sao Paulo out 4 March 2019 return 19th March 2019 £500
    Matrix 14 hours travel no long stopover £519
    No thanks

    London (LHR) to Sao Paulo (GRU) — Mon, Mar 4
    Tight connectionMissing this connection may lead to significant delays

    London (LHR) to Amsterdam (AMS) — Mon, Mar 4
    KLM 1000
    Dep: 6:30 am
    Arr: 9:00 am
    1h 30m
    Boeing 737
    Economy (L)
    Snack or Brunch
    Layover in AMS
    0h 55m

    Amsterdam (AMS) to Sao Paulo (GRU) — Mon, Mar 4
    KLM 791
    Dep: 9:55 am
    Arr: 6:00 pm
    12h 5m
    Boeing 777
    Economy (G)
    Meal
    Sao Paulo (GRU) to London (LHR) — Tue, Mar 19
    Overnight flight

    Sao Paulo (GRU) to Amsterdam (AMS) — Tue, Mar 19
    KLM 792
    Dep: 8:05 pm
    Arr: 11:40 am
    11h 35m
    Boeing 777
    Economy (G)
    Meal
    Layover in AMS
    Wed, Mar 20
    1h 45m

    Amsterdam (AMS) to London (LHR) — Wed, Mar 20
    KLM 1017
    Dep: 1:25 pm
    Arr: 1:50 pm
    1h 25m
    Boeing 737
    Economy (L)
    Snack or Brunch
    Mileage
    12,598 total miles
    CO2 Emissions
    1,458 kg (estimated by ITA).
    Airport Information
    London Heathrow (LHR)
    Sao Paulo Guarulhos International (GRU)
    Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS)
    Cost per passenger (including taxes & fees)
    £518.50
    Total cost for 1 passenger
    £518.50
    as

    • Yes but they are responsible for, you if connections are missed..so you could get an unexpected stopover at their expense, until next flight departs…its the missed departure that is a major problem with ex Eu flights. Know this starts in the uk which helps too. Ok, if on a tight schedule you, or with family, you wouldn’t risk this flight, but a student or traveller..absolutely no problem for them.

      • They aren’t complaining about a short stopover – they’re saying when you can buy a normal flight for £519 return, it’s not particularly attractive to spend £500 with this promotion and have no idea when you’ll be going.

  10. Lady London says:

    On the subject of legacy airlines eliminating the potential of widespread cheap competition, has anyone heard anything about the purchase of Norwegian? That flashed then went quiet . Is there a team of investment bankers beavering away at it?

    • Now looking less likely as the last set of profits were better than expected.

      • Good, I’ve got a positioning flight with them EDI-OSL in Jan and if IAG bought them they’d probably cancel these routes!!

    • Think I read that BA were to dispose of the Norwegian shares they had acquired

    • RIccatti says:

      IAG announced they are selling the stake in Norwegian and walking away.

      M&A markets are mature. IAG probably found out they would have to pay at least x2 more than they thought. They are not going to part ways with that another 1bln in profits.

  11. It’s a bit like the Eurostar Snap fares, for which you decide morning, afternoon or early evening, pay 29 pounds and get put on a train with available space. No qualifying spend towards Carte Blanche though…

    Good idea if travelling on a budget. But we all know people here are looking for something a bit more comfy. And if you don’t get to decide your own layover and routing, it takes all the fun out of the process ;-D

  12. Richard says:

    For crediting to other Star programs, do we know what fare class this will book into?

    • You’ll know when you get your ticket. I can’t imagine it would be anything other than the lowest booking classes, probably earning 25% in M&M and 0-25% in other programs

      • Would love to know if anyone has details — for crediting on United, I get 100% status except for IORX (LH), NIORX (LX) or AFIORX (OS). Very tempted about the tickets but I’d def pay £100 more if not doing so will guarantee me no status miles…

    • Lady London says:

      And for the benefit of others, I presume you are going to plug that fare class into wheretocredit dot com to assess the best place to credit them?

      Someone somewhere did this offer not so many years back. It might even have been Lufthansa too at that time. I do remember the t’s and c’s for that one said not able to be credited for miles.

  13. Would anyone who has actually purchased tickets care to mention the Booking Class AND the Destination, so that non-M&M members can decide whether this is worth pursuing? Thanks

  14. Anonymous says:

    I don’t think it’s such a great deal especially going in economy class.

    A few years ago, I managed to book a return economy ticket on Qatar for £238 to Singapore.

    Well, I didn’t book it, my trusted travel agent did. But if you compare the fact that I was in Qatar on row 10 (if I remember correctly) with a lot of leg room then I think that was a better deal.

    Obviously, you all know better as I’m new to all this as I’ve only been into this hobby for 5 years.

    Just thought I’d give my two cents.

  15. Does anyone know whether you could end up on the Edelweiss (Swiss) flights out of Zurich ? I’m looking at booking a flight to Cape Town, Swiss don’t fly there but Edelweiss do !
    Thanks

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