Weekends away in Europe. Lufthansa sale.

Everyone loves a weekend break in Europe, and I’m no exception.  Being London-based, and a gold card holder with British Airways, they would naturally be my go-to.

However recently, looking for reasonably timed flights around a month to six weeks out has anecdotally seemed to be very expensive.

Case in point, looking at a weekend in Berlin over 24th to 26th November and the best price I can find on BA.com is in excess of £350.  For one person.  And I don’t even get a cup of tea, let alone a beer or glass of wine.  Ouch.

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So a marketing email dropped into my inbox from Lufthansa promoting a sale they’re running until Monday.

So let’s look at the same weekend, also flights from Heathrow, to Berlin.

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The flights times aren’t quite as good, and I do need to change planes in Frankfurt or Munich, however it’s less than half the cost of British Airways.  Plus I get a snack on board, *and* a cup of tea or glass of wine.

The hassle of the connection may well be enough to discount this option for some people, but I think it’s very good value.

Their whole European network seems to be on sale at the moment, so it’s worth taking a look.  Generally connecting at Munich is much more straightforward than Frankfurt, so if you’ve got a choice, would choose those flights first.  The non-Schengen to Schengen transfer at Frankfurt is fairly rubbish to say the least!

If you don’t want a connection, then Munich is a fantastic place to go too (the less said about Frankfurt the better).  Looking at direct flights over the same weekend, return flights at decent times, come in at £105, although it can be had for £95 if you want less optimal times.  British Airways was coming in at £125 (with flights within an hour of the Lufthansa ones) so not quite as expensive, but still more than a few beers!

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