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Deal alert: Star Alliance premium economy to Frankfurt for $1,100

March 21, 2022
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If you’ve ever dreamed of enjoying an authentic German lager during Oktoberfest, this deal is for you. Not only does it include travel to Frankfurt during the popular festival period, which runs most of September through the beginning of October (in Munich, a three-hour, $20 train ride from Frankfurt), but you’ll also get the few extra inches of legroom and slightly elevated service that comes with a comfy premium economy seat on Star Alliance carriers.

Prices in premium economy on this route usually run about $2,000, but for this deal we’re seeing seats selling for nearly half of that, with prices in the $1,100-$1,300 range. The discounted fare is also available in the late spring. The sale includes Singapore Airlines' fifth-freedom route from New York to Frankfurt. TPG's Katie Genter had great things to say about Singapore's premium economy product.

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Today’s deal was originally sent out from Scott’s Cheap Flights Premium. You can try Scott’s Cheap Flights for free for 14 days and then $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Plus, TPG readers can use promo code TPG25 and save 25% on a Premium membership now through March 31.

Deal basics

Airlines: Air Canada, Air France, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines.
Routes: New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and others to Frankfurt Airport (FRA).
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: April-May 2022 and August 2022-February 2023.

Sample flights

Here's New York to Frankfurt on Singapore Airlines for $1,171 round-trip in September. These flights are on the fabulous A380 double-decker jet.

Deal from New York to Frankfurt on Singapore Airlines. (Screenshot from Google Flights)

You could also fly on a combination of SAS and Lufthansa for $1,106 from Los Angeles.

Deal on flights from Los Angeles to Frankfurt. (Screenshot courtesy Google Flights)

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card for 3 points per dollar on air travel, Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

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Bottom line

If Germany and its beer and brats are on your travel list in 2022 or early 2023, this deal deserves a closer look. It might also be an opportunity to try out premium economy on a jumbo jet on one of our favorite carriers — Singapore Airlines.

Related: I flew premium economy for the first time: My coach mindset says it’s not worth the extra money

Featured image by (Photo by Eric Rosen/The Points Guy)
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Outside of the current welcome bonus, you’re only earning higher rewards on specific airfare and hotel purchases, so it’s not a great card for other spending categories.
  • The annual airline fee statement credit can be complicated to take advantage of compared to the broader travel credits offered by competing premium cards.
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  • Earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points for flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year and earn 5X Membership Rewards® Points on prepaid hotels booked with American Express Travel.
  • Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings, which requires a minimum two-night stay, through American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back each month on eligible purchases made with your Platinum Card® on one or more of the following: Audible, Disney+, The Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Hulu, Peacock, SiriusXM, and The New York Times. Enrollment required.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax. Plus Ups are excluded.
  • American Express has expanded The Centurion® Network to include 40+ Centurion Lounge and Studio locations worldwide. There are even more places your Platinum Card® can get you complimentary entry and exclusive perks.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one select qualifying airline.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Enjoy Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on rides or eats orders in the US annually. Uber Cash and Uber VIP status is available to Basic Card Member only.
  • Get up to $300 back per calendar year on the Equinox+ digital fitness app, or eligible Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Learn more.
  • Breeze through security with CLEAR® lanes available at 100+ airports, stadiums, and entertainment venues and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership when you use your Card. Learn more.
  • $695 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees