As of today, Lufthansa is launching a brand new price concept for flights in Europe.
Economy now has its own fancy brands of style, including ‘Light’, ‘Classic’ and ‘Flex’, which kick off on October 1 2015 for domestic and European flights.
The fare options will offer different services depending on the price, for example, within Economy Class, passengers can select services according to their individual wishes. The booked fare can be complemented with additional services by individually adding further options.
Member of the Lufthansa German Airlines Board and Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s chief commercial officer Jens Bischof said that by introducing the new fare concept, passengers have the option of only paying for the services they want onboard.
“In the future, given this flexibility, every passenger will be able to individually create a tailor-made flight with the various service components that we are offering,” Bischof said.
“The price options, Light, Classic and Flex, are more transparent and allow customers in Economy Class a selection of fare options within Europe.”
The new fare concept is being introduced during the course of the Lufthansa sales strategy realignment, with the various fare options differentiating themselves in the areas of free luggage, seat reservations, and rebooking and cancellations options. The choice will now consist of a fully flexible Business Class fare and three new Economy Class fares.
In addition to the actual flight itself, all of the fare options include one piece of hand luggage, snacks and drinks on board, a reserved seat at check-in from 23 hours before take-off, as well as Award, Status and Select Miles.
For bookings in Economy Class, all three fare options are always available, meaning different option packages can be combined on an outward and return flight. Additional services, such as seats with more legroom or an upgrade to Business Class, can be booked separately at any time, even after ticket purchase.
Have a look at a more in-depth look at the fare breakdown:
The new Light fare will, from 1 October, be the most economical option for those traveling only with hand luggage and not in need of any ticket flexibility.
The Light fare can be booked from only 89 Euro for a return flight. No rebooking or refund is possible with this option. If desired, customers can additionally book a piece of or book a seat at any time between booking and start of the journey.
The Classic fare includes the opportunity to check-in a piece of luggage of up to 23kg. This option also offers a new, additional opportunity for many passengers to secure their desired seat, free-of-charge, at booking.
Finally, the Classic fare is more flexible than the Light fare because it can be rebooked to another flight on the original connection for a fee.
The Flex fare is focused principally on passengers that require more flexibility in their travel planning. In addition to the free seat reservation, the Flex fare offers the opportunity to rebook the flight at no extra cost or change the itinerary.
If the originally planned booking class is no longer available, it is possible that an extra payment is necessary. In this fare option, frequent fliers will get an additional 50% of Premium Miles credited in the framework of a Miles & More promotion.
Besides the three Economy fares, there continues to be a Business Class fare which includes all the usual services and conveniences of this travel class, such as access to the lounge, increased luggage allowance of 2 x 32kg, seat reservation and an open seat next to it, and priority boarding.
The novelty is the full flexibility in rebooking and cancellation, with all Business Class fares to be re-bookable without a fee and refundable free-of-charge.