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A good sale to Amsterdam.
ITA will price this at $543, using those dates on Lufthansa should reprice to about $485 (Regular Economy) / $476 (Basic Economy).
The $485 fare is the regular economy fare with normal size carry-on and ONE checked bag.
United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air also have a $476 fare, but that is a Basic Economy fare. There are slightly variations but the one common theme across all these airlines with European Basic Economy fares, you will pay $60 each way for ONE checked luggage, more for additional bags.
United’s version of Basic Economy for European travel includes:
- Advance seat assignment
- One normal size carry-on plus one personal item
In contrast, its partners like Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa, and Swiss:
- Charges for advance seat assignment
- One carry-on up to 18lbs
In general, it is better to take United’s version of the Basic Economy for European fare versus the partners. Remember, if the flight has an United flight number but operated by a partner like Air Canada or Lufthansa, the Basic Economy rules of that carrier applies. If you fly on all United planes, the United version is actually reasonable for most travelers even for those with just a carry-on because of the advance seat assignment and normal size carry-on
Sample Travel Date:
- March 20th – 27th, 2019
- This is just ONE SAMPLE travel date, for more availability, please follow the “Fare Availability” and “How to Search for Availability” instructions below
- Valid for travel from late November – early December or January 2019 – March 2019 for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Thursday returns. A 7 day minimum stay is required. Availability is limited. Must purchase at least 28 days in advance of departure
- Also available for travel from April 2019 – early May 2019 with the same restrictions above. For those dates, ITA will price this at $595, using those dates on Lufthansa should reprice to about $492 (Regular Economy) / $483 (Basic Economy).
- Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.
How to Search for Availability:
- This is just to search for availability. To buy your tickets, scroll down to “How to Buy” section of this post
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: SFO
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: LH LH
- Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
- Destination: AMS
- Return Advanced Routing Code:
- Textbox 1: LH LH
- Textbox 2: maxconnect 240
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “3-10” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
- The ITA search page should be like below when all values are inputted
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions in the “How to Buy” section below.
- SFO – ZRH (Zurich) – AMS (Amsterdam) – ZRH – SFO
- Not permitted
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Lufthansa is a member of the Star Alliance and United partner. Mileage earning with United is as follows:
- Miles Flown: 12,430 miles or 3.9 cents per mile
- Elite Qualifying Miles: 12,430 miles
- Redeemable Miles: 3,107 miles
How to Buy:
- Support us by using our Lufthansa link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search.
- Lufthansa labels Basic Economy as “Economy Light” = no checked luggage
- Lufthansa labels Regular Economy as “Economy Basic” = ONE checked bag included
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