Eurowings launching long-distance flights: Cologne – Bangkok for EUR199!

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!


Eurowings launching long-distance flights: Cologne – Bangkok for EUR199! — 2 Comments

  1. Fragen:
    1. Was kostet ein Ruecklflug Bangkok Koeln (odrr sonstwo in De)?
    2. Kann das nach Cuba weitergehen?
    3. Wie teuer?
    4. Gibt es co-operative Fluege Hong Kong – Bangkok?

    • 1. Die Preise sind stark von den Flugdaten abhaengig, z.B. im Mai/Juni sind Fluege Koeln-Bangkok fuer EUR169 einfach (EUR338 Rueckflug) verfuegbar. Der Sparkalendar hilft beim Suchen!
      2. Beide FLuege Koeln-Bangkok und Koeln-Kuba sind nur 2x pro Woche, so dass Verbindungen schwierig sind: Die Verbindung nach Kuba erfordert eine Uebernachtung in Koeln – der Flug Bangkok-Koeln ist am Donnerstag, der separate Flug nach Kuba ist am Freitag…
      3. Koeln-Varadero, Kuba kostet EUR249 und aufwaerts, einfacher Flug.
      4. Es gibt keine cooperativen Fluege – es waeren einzelstehende FLuege mit dem Risiko die Verbindung zu verpassen.
      Hoffe, das hilft bei der Reiseplanung.

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