If you decide to book airline tickets through Lufthansa Air through a site other than their own, you might get charged a little extra. The airline has added an $18 fee for flights that are booked outside of its traditional website. That means places like Expedia or Travelocity. According to the airline, it’s significantly more expensive to sell tickets through those channels than it is for them to sell tickets on their own. To that end, now they want to encourage you to make purchases directly from them.
According to Ivan Ong, despite the fee, Lufthansa claims it still wants customers to feel like they can shop for a deal when it comes to tickets. In some cases, tickets on deal sites might still be cheaper that what you can get from Lufthansa’s website, even with the small fee attached. That said, it hopes that customers will check out its website for tickets first now, rather than defaulting towards purchasing tickets from deal sites. When the price is the same, customers might also be more included to purchase a flight directly now so they don’t have to pat the attached fee.
The added fee for flights purchased through global distribution system goes into effect on September 1st.