WITH airlines under increased public scrutiny in recent months – a United passenger being violently removed from an overbooked flight and Ryanair accused of splitting passengers who do not pay for pre-booked seats, Lufthansa wants to give fliers something to smile about.
The largest airline in Germany is offering an option that lets people book a flight to a surprise destination. Called the ‘Lufthansa Surprise’. the deal allows passengers to choose from nine categories — including nature, partying, romance and even ‘bromance’ — and pick their travel dates.
The airline will only reveal where the passenger is going after they complete their purchase.
Passengers might end up in popular European tourist destinations like Rome, Madrid, and Paris — or have the chance to explore less trafficked cities like Warsaw, Poland; Turin, Italy; or Izmir, Turkey. Customers can opt out of cities, though being selective drives up the cost.
Lufthansa started offering blind bookings in spring 2016. The round-trip flights start at €89, which is cheaper than the average fare.
‘The more flexible you are, the cheaper your flight,’ the Lufthansa website says.
At the moment, the flights only depart from Munich and Frankfurt airports.
Once a ticket has been purchased through Lufthansa Surprise, no refunds will be given — so if you’re prone to buyer’s remorse, this deal might not be for you.
The categories and their corresponding destinations:
Bromance: Amsterdam, Dublin, Krakow, Poznan, Prague, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw
Partying: Prague, Riga, Dublin, Warsaw, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Krakow, Poznan, Vilnius
Cities: Madrid, Paris, Brussels, Sofia, Belgrade, Bucharest, Amsterdam, Budapest, Dublin, Riga, Vilnius, Prague
Sightseeing and culture: Florence, Istanbul, Venice, Vienna, Wroclaw, Warsaw, Poznan, Dublin
Nature: Oslo, Stockholm, Bologna, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Belgrade, Geneva, Helsinki
Romance: Vienna, Zurich, Budapest, Florence, Paris, Prague, Venice
Shopping: Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Dublin, Florence, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Paris
Ski and winter sports: Geneva, Lyon, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Katowice, Milan, Krakow, Riga, Sofia
Sun and sand: Malta, Marseilles, Valencia, Nice, Lisbon, Stockholm, Seville, Porto, Bilbao, Gdansk