The Star Alliance airlines have, for no obvious reason, launched an astonishing fare sale out of Dublin to Australia.
How cheap? We’re talking:
- Adelaide – €1,450 return (£1,210)
- Brisbane – €1,500 return (£1,250)
- Melbourne – €1,450 return (£1,210)
- Sydney – €1,500 return (£1,250)
You can book on the Lufthansa website here.
For clarity …. these are Business Class, return, tickets, flying with sensible airlines – in most cases:
- Singapore Airlines
Travel dates run through to early February 2023.
The minimum stay is six days, the maximum stay is three months.
Clearly you won’t have totally free choice of dates, but the deals are there. Here is an Adelaide trip I was able to find with little difficulty:
Click to enlarge. As you can see, you’re travelling Dublin – Zurich – Singapore – Adelaide out, and Adelaide – Singapore – Munich – Dublin on the return.
The fare is €1,449, which is £1,210.
Unfortunately, I don’t think there is an easy way to build in stopovers. You may be able to do it via trial and error but it won’t be easy because only specific flights will be valid for this fare.
In terms of covid cover, you have some risk. Lufthansa will rebook you, free of charge, but you will be on the hook for the fare difference. Once this offer is over, a typical fare might be €4,000 – and you’d be on the hook for the difference.
You may want to consider paying a little more to book with more certainty. Pay an extra €95 each way and you can cancel the full trip for a refund for a €250 penalty.
Where to credit your flights
SWISS and Lufthansa are both part of the Miles & More loyalty scheme, although you can of course credit your flight to any other Star Alliance programme.
You’d earn around 21,000 miles in most schemes, based on booking class ‘P’. The website wheretocredit.com can give you detailed numbers.
How to book
The easiest place to book is the Lufthansa website here.
If you don’t have a credit card offering 0% FX fees (as you will be paying in Euro), your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
In theory this offer runs until 7th March but that won’t happen – these seats will disappear very quickly.