Last year, Lufthansa announced that they would launch a long-haul, low-cost subsidiary under their Eurowings brand, with many industry people and bloggers questioning the move. While that might be unfamiliar to the American market, it seems modeled after the “charter” (tourist) flights that have been around in Germany for a long time. Now, they are here and the prices are great! You can fly for only EUR199 ($220) one-way from Cologne to Bangkok.
You can book now for flights starting in November through March. Other destinations are Phuket ($220), Dubai ($120), Cuba ($259) and the Dominican Republic ($259). Keep in mind that these are the “Basic” fares that don’t include luggage, food or seat assignments. To compare with traditional long-haul carriers, you have to add $60 per leg for the “Smart” fares, which also collect miles. The highest end option is the “Best” fare, which includes the “Smart” add-ons, as well as Premium Economy seats at the front of the plane and preferred check-in, boarding and lounge access. Germanwings/Eurowings serves many destinations in Germany and Europe and fares from other airports connecting through Cologne are not much more!
I ran some tests to Thailand and Eurowings was around 30% cheaper than the next carrier when using the “Smart” fare for comparison, even more with the “Basic” fares. That’s a great deal! And because they fly into Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport, you can easily connect to the low-cost carrier Air Asia to destinations all-over South East Asia! Combine it with the Air Asia ASEAN pass and you can get a bargain trip! I found plenty of availability, but they have limited flights per week. As November through March is the best weather to visit South East Asia, you should check it out here!