Rail&fly with United in Germany

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Booking to QYG allows you connect from any airport in Germany to any of the 5,600 DeutscheBahn train stations in Germany. For example, if you book a ticket ORD-FRA-QYG, you will fly ORD-FRA and then connect on DB with an open, unrestricted ticket good on any train to any destination in Germany. The ticket is valid the day you land and the following day.

In reverse, bookings from QYG allow you to originate at any DB station the day before or the day of your flight.

On most trains, including ICE, you can either pay a small fee for a seat reservation on a specific train or board any train and find an unassigned seat. Some trains such as Sprinter and night trains require a reservation and special supplement. F or J flights book into 1st class on the train and Y flights book into 2nd class.

Info from DB in English: https://www.bahn.de/p/view/service/b...-english.shtml

More info in PDF form: https://www.bahn.de/p/view/mdb/bahni...y_englisch.pdf

Info on what rail services / bus transfers serve each airport, in German and English: https://www.bahn.de/p/view/mdb/bahni...er_railfly.pdf

You must collect a DB ticket before the train portion of your journey, either print at home or mobile ticket via http://www.rail-checkin.com/ or collect from any DB long-distance vending machine.

When booking on UA's site, enter QYG as your destination or origin. When booking on LH's site, start your booking to/from the gateway airport (FRA, MUC, etc.) and then click to add rail ticket on the final screen for EUR 34 each direction.

Separate but related program: Lufthansa Express Rail, direct connections from ~15 cities to FRA flights with protected connections, checked baggage service, and mileage earnings: https://www.lufthansa.com/us/en/lufthansa-express-rail
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Old Apr 28, 19, 4:25 pm
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This was super helpful! I managed to ticket my mileage award to one of the ExpressRail destinations pretty easily. Didn't get me all the way to where I wanted but very close!

Originally Posted by threeoh View Post
I think the trains to Stuttgart are through Lufthansa Express Rail, which is different than the QYG Rail&Fly program. With Express Rail, you can check your bags through, sit in a Lufthansa-only section of the train, your connection is protected in case of IRROPS, and you earn miles.


With QYG Rail&Fly you have an open-ended ticket to any DB station in Germany, but no reservations, no baggage service, etc.

On a separate note, I just added a wiki to this thread and put a few links to info on QYG and Lufthansa Express Rail.
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Old Apr 28, 19, 4:46 pm
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Originally Posted by onthesam View Post
ZDH seems to work as well. Even books into I (first class car perhaps?).

WOW, I have not seen that before and I have sure looked for it. It doesn't seem to sell ZDH-ZRH alone like it does for the German AirRail ... but apparently in conjunction with a connecting LX flight. Very interesting. I tried this last summer and it did not come up. Very interesting ... I often fly into ZRH and then take the train.
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Old Jul 29, 19, 12:34 am
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I know this is the UA forum, but I am not getting an answer on the SQ forum and you all seem knowledgeable about LH express rail. Does anyone know if SQ allows an LH express rail leg the way UA does on redemptions? I would like the train from Erfurt, but Erfurt will not show as an airport option on the Krisflyer website. Thanks for any help.

Well, I can report back that SQ might cover the LH express rail leg. The agent could see the space when I called, but had to send it out to a manager because he could not figure how many miles to charge. The ticket is on hold and I really hope they will not charge more than the first class ticket!

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