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German leisure carrier Condor just unveiled its newest U.S. destination — and it’s not a city many travelers may have had on their radar. Starting in May 2024, Condor will fly nonstop between Frankfurt (FRA) and San Antonio, Texas (SAT).
Here are the details, how to book, and why this route is being established.
Condor’s New San Antonio Service
On May 17, 2024, Condor will be launching 3 nonstop flights per week between Frankfurt and San Antonio. Flights will be operated with the airline’s brand-new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft, which feature 30 state-of-the-art business class seats, 64 extra-legroom economy seats, and 216 economy seats. These jets have a total capacity of 310 passengers.
Condor’s latest business class product is wholly competitive with its peers, as it features fully lie-flat seats and direct aisle access from every seat. The first row of the business class cabin even features a buddy seat, a larger seatback monitor and legrest, and extra amenities.
While there are many factors that go into establishing a new route, one reason San Antonio is getting the green light on a European flight is that the airport, the city, and local businesses will be partially subsidizing this new service. Currently, the only international destinations served nonstop from the airport are in Mexico.
Not far away from San Antonio, Austin (AUS) has seen explosive growth in recent years, including the launch of a number of international destinations including London, Amsterdam, and yes, Frankfurt.
How To Book
While Condor isn’t considered a low-cost carrier, it does generally have more affordable fares than some of its competitors like Lufthansa.
Beyond cash, using Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles is going to be your best bet for booking these flights, should there be availability (which is often tough to come by). Alaska charges 55,000 miles one-way in business class between the U.S. and Europe on Condor. Taxes and fees are also low and will run you less than $50 each way.Hot Tip:
Check out our comprehensive guide to learn about some of the best ways to earn Alaska Airlines miles.
The newest U.S. city to get European service is San Antonio, after local business and government leaders pushed for a transatlantic flight option. We hope this will stimulate more international traffic between San Antonio and Europe — and that we see more award availability to Frankfurt using Alaska miles.
Featured Image Credit: Condor
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Chris is a freelance writer and editor with a focus on timely travel trends, points and miles, hot new hotels, and all things that go (he’s a proud aviation geek and transit nerd). Formerly full time at The Points Guy, his work can now be found at AFAR, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Washington Post, and Lonely Planet, among others
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