Austrian Airlines to Launch Service from Chicago

Austrian Airlines will begin service from Chicago to Vienna with six weekly non-stops, beginning May 29. Austrian isn't offering much in the way of sale fares for this new route, aside from a measly 5,000 bonus miles for Economy Class passengers, and 10,000 bonus miles for Business Class passengers, for travel between May 29 and June 30. Oh, and only to those who register as a Miles & More member. Out of sheer curiosity, we looked into the fares. Our initial search, for travel on June 3 through June 10, was a tad pricey, at $1,516 round-trip, including taxes. However, their flexible search calendar is pretty handy, and we spotted a cheaper fare of $1,258 round-trip, including taxes, for June 5 through June 12. That may sound alright for summer travel, but we're naturally suspicious, and took our travel dates over to Orbitz just to double check. The lowest fare they list is $1,270 round-trip, including taxes, with Austrian Airlines and partners. Obviously, you're better off booking the slightly lower fare directly from Austrian's site.