Significant surcharges: Rebooking is considerably more expensive with Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss

Significant surcharges: Rebooking is considerably more expensive with Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss

Now there will be an end to free rebooking at Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss and Co. The Lufthansa Group is significantly increasing rebooking costs across all classes.

From the customers’ point of view, the pandemic had at least one advantage: those who changed their travel plans should not expect additional costs. Almost all airlines allowed free rebookings.

United continued this practice after the Corona crisis. Tickets for domestic flights can still be changed free of charge with the US airline. The passenger only pays the fare difference. “When we hear from customers where we can improve, the elimination of this fee is often the most important request,” explains CEO Scott Kirby.

In Europe now 35 euros for the Classic rate

The Lufthansa Group takes a different approach. As early as August 2021, it reintroduced rebooking fees for the cheapest fares. And last April it brought it back to pre-pandemic levels. Since then, it costs 70 euros to change the Economy Light fare, excluding baggage, on European flights. For intercontinental flights, 150 euros is due, even in the cheapest business fare, Business Saver.

The Lufthansa Group is now also adjusting the rates for other fares – on October 11. Travelers on European flights also pay 35 euros in the Economy Classic fare for the rebooking. You can change the travel date, start and destination as well as the route.

Recently “from 150 euros”

However, for long-haul flights, the changes are significantly greater. For flights to North and Central America, the Economy Light fare, excluding baggage allowance, can no longer be rebooked. For flights to other regions, a transfer now costs “from 200 euros”, according to a letter from the Lufthansa Group to travel agencies.

But the owners of more expensive tickets have recently been asked to pay. Those traveling on Economy Basic, Premium Economy Basic, Business Class Basic or First Class Basic fares now pay “from 150 euros” for the rebooking. However, start and destination may no longer be changed.

Price difference also applies

For more expensive rates, a fee of “from 120 euros” will apply in the future. In addition, there is the rate difference for all options. The new fares apply to Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings Discover. Eurowings remains excluded.

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