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Lufthansa relaunched its low-cost arm Germanwings a few weeks back, and announced the airline’s intention to shift all routes not operating from Frankfurt or Munich to the daughter company. Over the next two years, the change will affect Lufthansa flights to/from Berlin, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover, and Stuttgart.
With the “New Germanwings” comes a tiered fare structure, offering low-cost BASIC fares which start at just €33 one way. As the transition becomes complete, travelers will be more likely to score such low fares to over 100 destinations, reaping the benefits of a near tripling of planes in the airline’s control.
Germanwings’ connection to Lufthansa means the airline offers some perks not available on other low-cost airlines, including the awarding of Lufthansa frequent flier miles and the opportunity to purchase discounted German rail tickets through the Rail & Fly program.
The German website offers a more complete overview of discounted tickets across the country to the entire range of destinations. For those seeking a bit of a cheap thrill and any getaway at a cheap price, the airline offers so-called “Blind Bookings,” a destination lottery in which you choose your departure airport, date range, and the type of destination you’re interested in (i.e. beach vs. culture), and the airline selects your flights, identifying the destination only after purchase.