Star Alliance airlines Lufthansa and Swiss have fare sales to Frankfurt $566, Munich $589 and Zurich $556. Each route has different dates of availability. These tickets can be booked as Lufthansa ticket for Germany routes or Swiss for Zurich or any of these routes is the same price for United tickets. This post shows different ticketing options and how each one affects the miles earned.
Lufthansa Airlines Boston to Frankfurt (nonstop flights)
I mention Oktoberfest (Sep 17-Oct 3) for this Frankfurt ticket due to the Munich route not having discount fares until November.
BOS-FRA has $566 fares every date from Sep 14 – Oct 20, then $605 from Oct 30-Dec 15.
Warning: Economy K earns 25% flight miles in Miles & More, but K is not a miles earning fare class for United Mileage Plus, even when booked as UA codeshare flights.
United Airlines ticket shows 0 base award miles, 0 PQM, 0 PQS and 0 PQD for LH K flight booked as UA codeshare flights.
Lufthansa Airlines Boston – Munich MUC
This discount fare is available for Thu-Fri-Sat departures from November 3 – December 15.
You can book this as LH operated nonstop flights booked as economy K fares or ticket miles earning fares with United or Swiss operated flights for about $10 more.
United Airlines Boston BOS – Newark EWR – Munich MUC
$602.66 UA Economy L class Sat Nov 19 – Sat Nov 26 (Thanksgiving week).
Boston to Zurich Switzerland $542 to $556
Air Canada/Swiss Boston BOS – Montreal YUL – Zurich ZRH – Montreal – Boston
$541.96 Economy K class Sat Oct 22 – Sun Oct 30
Orbitz ticket for Air Canada-operated and Swiss-operated flights, all with Air Canada flight numbers in economy K class
These flights book in Air Canada economy K class, even Swiss operated codeshares. Unlike Lufthansa, Swiss economy K fares earn 50% flight miles with United Mileage Plus. Since this is not a United Airlines ‘016’ ticket, these flights earn 50% flight miles and not revenue-based ticket price miles in Mileage Plus.
BOS-YUL-ZRH-YUL-BOS = 7,981 flight miles for 3,990 redeemable miles in United Mileage Plus.