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Lufthansa Offers Cheap Flights to “Surprise” Destination

The flights only depart from Munich and Frankfurt airports.The flights only depart from Munich and Frankfurt airports.

Airlines have been under increased public scrutiny in recent months, following an incident in which a United Airlines passenger was violently removed from an overbooked flight. But top German carrier, Lufthansa, wants to give fliers something to smile about, Business Insider reported.

The airline, the largest in Germany, is offering an option that lets people book a flight to a surprise destination. Called the "Lufthansa Surprise", the deal allows passengers to choose from nine categories, including nature and shopping, and pick their travel dates. Lufthansa will only reveal where the passenger is going after they complete their purchase.

Passengers might end up in popular European tourist destinations like Rome, Madrid and Paris—or have the chance to explore less trafficked cities like Warsaw, Poland; Turin, Italy; or Izmir, Turkey. Customers can opt out of cities, though being selective drives up the cost. Lufthansa started offering blind bookings in spring 2016. The round-trip flights start at €89 ($99), which is cheaper than the average fare.

 "The more flexible you are, the cheaper your flight," the Lufthansa website says.

Unfortunately, the flights only depart from Munich and Frankfurt airports, so people from other areas would have to spend hundreds more to get to Germany if they want a Lufthansa Surprise. Once a ticket has been purchased through Lufthansa Surprise, no refunds will be given—so if you're prone to buyer's remorse, this deal might not be for you.

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