Want a discount on your next European flight?

Want a discount on your next European flight?

August 22, 2022

Estimated read time: 5 minutes and 21 seconds

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Here’s what's on the Speisekarte today:

  • 🚨 TODAY ONLY: $75 discount on flights to Europe
  • 🚊 Travel Germany for a month for €9
  • 🙋‍♀️ Reader question answered


🚨 TODAY ONLY: $75 discount on flights to Europe with multiple airlines

Have you been craving a walk through the historic streets of Vienna? Or maybe you've been eager to take a skiing trip in the gorgeous Swiss alps. Or, if you're like me, you can't wait to get a big 1 liter glass of good 'ol German beer… Or, you know, 3 or 4 liters… 🍺

German beer meme

If any of these apply to you, I have great news! If none of these apply to you, I still have great news.

That's because Lufthansa, Swiss Air, and Austrian Airlines are all offering a $75 discount on flights from the U.S. to Europe. Here's the lowdown:

  • Flights must be booked through one of these airlines' websites.
  • Flights must depart from a U.S. gateway city (meaning the city these airlines actually fly to as opposed to starting in a smaller city and connecting).
  • Travel must take place between October 17th and December 14th, 2022
  • The offer expires tonight at 11:59 p.m. EST.


Just from doing a quick search, I was able to find the following deal:

Lufthansa sample booking

Even though the flights in that screenshot are on United and Austrian, the $75 discount worked because I was on the Lufthansa website (and is even cheaper than on the United or Austrian websites, weirdly).

Overall, $75 isn't a HUGE discount when you're traveling long distances, but if you were already planning on flying to Europe and you can shave a little extra off the cost, why not? 🤷🏼‍♂️

I'll even save you the trouble of looking up the discount codes:

Lufthansa: ZGFG2CTGJK04


Austrian: Z15CLQI9NFB4

Once you've booked your flights, you might be wondering what to do next, like how to get around the country. Well, if you're going to Germany, you can…

🚂 Buy a monthly train pass in Germany for only €9

This is an amazing deal that has been going on in Germany all Summer long and is set to expire on August 31st. In fact, I took advantage of this exact offer when I was in Munich a couple of months ago (and may or may not be taking advantage of it again in a couple of days… 🫣)

For less than the price of a Wienerschnitzel sandwich, you can travel on all local and regional trains in Germany for an entire month. Considering a normal ticket on the subway in Germany would cost 2 or 3 Euro, you can imagine just how incredible of a deal this is.

Now before you get too excited, I have some good news and some bad news. Which one do you want first? Let's be honest, we all always want the bad news first.

Unfortunately, this ticket does NOT apply to long-distance express trains. So no, you couldn't use this ticket to book a luxury 8-hour train from Berlin to Munich.

The good news?

You could still use this ticket to get from Berlin to Munich.

Confused? That's okay, allow me to explain:

Just because you can't book long-distance express trains doesn't mean you can’t cover long distances. You simply need to break up your journey into smaller trips on regional trains. Sure, it might take you 24 hours to get from A to B, but for 9 Euro it might just be worth it.

As an alternative, you could just rent a car and drive around the country. But you'll need to make sure you have your Kaftfahrzeug-Haftpflichtversicherung if you want to do so (I just needed an excuse to throw in an obnoxiously long German word 😛).

📬 Mailbox Monday

You've probably noticed that at the end of every email I ask you all to respond to various questions. No, that's not just for show, I've actually responded to a ton of you who have written in, and it's been fun getting to chat with you and hear what you want to see in the newsletter.

With that in mind, I wanted to take a specific reader question and answer it in the newsletter.

I'm calling it Mailbox Monday today, but I already feel like that's pretty cringy, so the name might be a one-time thing… 😬

Anyway, Brandon wrote in last week asking about the best ways to use Delta miles, United miles, and Chase points so I thought it would be helpful to give my recommendations on how I would personally use all of these types of points. There are many ways to use all of these points, but each of them has unique "sweet spots" that the others don't have, and that's what I'll focus on.


Chase Ultimate Rewards

Short answer: Chase travel portal or Hyatt

Long Answer: Chase points are valuable because you can use them to purchase travel in the Chase travel portal for 1.25-1.5 cents each. Other bank points like American Express typically top out around 1 cent per point, so this is already a decent value.

Another use for these points that you can't do with other points currencies is transferring them to World of Hyatt, which is an excellent loyalty program that is difficult to earn points with.

Hyatt has some of the best hotels out there and some of the best value for points. Given that there are so many ways to earn Hilton and Marriott points through other transfers and a variety of credit cards, I think using Chase points for Hyatt is the best value you can get.



Short answer: Delta, KLM, Air France

Long answer: Delta, KLM, Air France, Korean Air, Aeromexico, and more belong to an alliance called SkyTeam. Basically, you can use points with any of these airlines to book flights on any of the other airlines (exactly what we talked about last week with the Star Alliance).

Because Delta has multiple East Coast hubs and KLM and Air France are both based in Western Europe, I think using Delta points to get to, from, and around Europe is always a good bet.



Short answer: South America

Long answer: United belongs to the Star Alliance, which is made up of many airlines all around the world. However, Star Alliance has something that other alliances don’t have - multiple airlines with a massive presence in central and South America. Specifically, I'm talking about Copa Airlines and Avianca based in Panama and Colombia, respectively. These airlines both have tons of destinations in North America and are perfect geographic hubs to connect North Americans to the rest of the Americas.


As I said, there are TONS of ways you could use any of these points, this is just my quick advice on some of the unique use cases for each of them.

Please feel free to write in any time with questions like this (I promise I won't bite). I hope this was helpful to you, Brandon!

That's it for today, folks. I know this was a German-heavy edition of the newsletter, but I thought I'd lean into it since both deals are time-sensitive and worth sharing.

Do you plan on visiting Europe anytime soon? Do you prefer plane content or do you like mixing it up with some trains and automobiles? Let me know by replying to this email or reaching out on social media.


Auf Wiedersehen!

Mike Dodge

​Head Writer, The Daily Drop

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