Lufthansa – $603 (Regular Economy) / $493 (Basic Economy): Houston / Denver – Athens, Greece. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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A good sale to Athens.

ITA will shows prices $511 for the Basic Economy fare. Using those sames dates, Lufthansa should price the same fares at $603 for Regular Economy and $493 for Basic Economy.

The regular economy fare at $603 from United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air includes ONE checked luggage and a normal size carry-on.

The $493 fare from United and its partners Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air is a Basic Economy/Economy Light fare. These Basic Economy/Economy Light fares:

  • Do not allow for advance seat assignment
  • Do not include checked bags (they are $60 each way)
  • Do not allow for changes
  • Do not allow for cancellations. If you cancel after the 24-hour risk free period, the Basic Economy version will have no value for future purchase.

Note that most online travel agencies are not properly displaying these fares with United, Air Canada, Austrian, Lufthansa and Swiss Air as Basic Economy/Economy Light.

Athens, Greece – Photo: Andy Hay via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample from Houston
  • October 28th – November 5th, 2019
    • This is a sample date. See below for more available travel dates

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel from late-October 2019 – early-December 2019 for Sunday through Wednesday departures and Tuesday through Friday returns. A Sunday stay is required. Must purchase at least 3 days in advance of departure.

Note: This fare is valid at the time of posting. If this post is more than two days old, the fare is most likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

The following instructs ITA to search for the Basic Economy fare. But when using those dates on Lufthansa, you will be presented with an option to upgrade to a regular economy fare.

  • Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
    • Departing from: IAH
      • For travel from Denver, enter “DEN” into the departure field
    • Outbound Advanced Routing Code:
      • Textbox 1: LH LH
      • Textbox 2: -overnight
    • Destination: ATH
    • Return Advanced Routing Code: 
      • Textbox 1: LH LH
      • Textbox 2: -overnight
    • Click on the “Advanced Routing Codes” link to enable advanced routing code input
    • Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
    • Enter departure date
    • Length of stay: 3-10
      • The maximum search range is 7 days, so enter ranges in this format: 0-7, 3-10, 5-12, etc.

The ITA search page should look like the following when all values are inputted.

You cannot buy tickets through ITA. To buy tickets, follow our instructions below in the “How to Buy Airline Tickets” section.

Fare Class:

  • K

Sample Routing:

  • IAH – MUC (Munich) – ATH (Athens) – MUC – IAH

Sample Mileage:

Lufthansa is a member of Star Alliance and a United partner. Mileage earning with United is below.

  • Miles Flown: 12,690 miles or 4.0 cents per mile
  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 12,690 miles
  • Redeemable Miles: 3,172 miles

How to Buy Airline Tickets:

  • 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 included.
  • Lufthansa labels Regular Economy as “Economy Basic”– ONE checked bag included.


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