Unfortunately on-going discussions by Wexas, other travel management companies and trade bodies have been unsuccessful in changing the Lufthansa Group’s intention to apply a surcharge of 16 euros on all reservations made via Global Distribution Systems (GDS) from 1st September 2015.
Therefore from 1st September, while we can still offer you Lufthansa Group (Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss) fares these will include the 16 euro surcharge, which will be clearly identified. As such other airlines are likely to be significantly cheaper for European trips and your Wexas business travel consultant will highlight savings and offer alternative choices to your travellers.
All travel management companies, like Wexas, use GDS’ to manage bookings and issue tickets. Because we can access all airlines’ fares through the GDS we are able to compare price, offer you alternative fares/airlines/routings as well as manage your corporate travel policy and traveller preferences. The GDS automatically updates our management information and traveller tracking. Sadly, Lufthansa’s website doesn’t provide Wexas and other business travel agents with the ability to change, refund or re-issue tickets in the event of changes in your travel plans or delays or strikes (of which there have been several for the Lufthansa Group so far this year). So direct booking is not an option.
Several legal challenges are underway against the Lufthansa Group by various trade bodies, and should the surcharge situation change (which we hope it does) we will notify you of any developments or changes.
More News & Insights
05 August 2021
As we move closer to a return to international travel, we take a look at the new traffic light system and what it means for your company's travel plans.
25 May 2021
We take a look at what the future holds for business travel and how Wexas, as a personalised, high-service travel management company, can help you navigate the choppy waters of a world where living with Covid-19 is the norm.
20 April 2021
From what they are to how to get one, we look at the ins and outs of PCR testing and how it will affect your company's travel programme.
05 March 2021
The latest updates and travel advice relating to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Check before you travel.
28 January 2021
A comprehensive Brexit Briefing from the BTA. How travel has changed and what it means for businesses moving forward.
30 December 2020
Your travel-related Brexit questions answered. All the information you'll need regarding your company's travel, following the UK's departure from the European Union.