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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.

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.

Lufthansa AnyWay Travel Pass

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.

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!

Comments (44)

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  • 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.

    • Anna says:

      I was just thinking that! This is a great deal though, hopefully they will repeat it in future when I have more flexibility.

  • AndyL says:

    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 !

  • Alan says:

    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? 😉

  • Tony says:

    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…

  • Tom says:

    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.

  • TimM says:

    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.

    • callum says:

      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!

    • John says:

      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.

  • Max says:

    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.

      • Alex says:

        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.

    • John says:

      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

  • Jon says:

    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.

    • Rob says:

      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 🙂

        • Rob says:

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

        • Alex says:

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

        • John says:

          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?

          • Rob says:

            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.

        • callum says:

          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.

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