It was free for a long time, then reasonably cheap: Due to the pandemic, the Lufthansa Group has accommodated travelers regarding the rebooking price. This will change soon.
The pandemic has brought changes to the airline industry that travelers have almost grown accustomed to. Mask-wearing is now routine for frequent travelers – even though masks are now mandatory in many places. Another measure, which may have slowly come to an end, has actually made many customers happy: the free rebooking option.
Due to the unpredictability of travel restrictions and the pandemic situation, many airlines had decided to offer all changeable tickets for free. Also the Lufthansa Group. But the group is now slowly saying goodbye to that. As FVW magazine reports, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings Discover are again increasing the booking fees for the cheapest ticket categories.
Rebookings to the Economy Light fare, which does not include baggage, cost 70 euros for tickets booked from April 20 on European flights. For intercontinental flights, the cost is 150 euros. The same goes for the cheapest business rate, Business Saver.
Reservation changes in the lowest categories are no longer free since last August. Lufthansa had previously announced that it would slowly increase the fees. They are currently at 35 euros. The 70 euros that the new reservation costs from April 20 is what you paid before the pandemic.
Eurowings always accommodating
The low-cost subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, Eurowings, is excluded from the changes. You can always change your reservation there up to 40 minutes before departure. This is understandable as Eurowings competes on many routes with low-cost carriers such as Easyjet, some of which still offer very flexible rebooking options.