As we're into 2017 now, wifey has started to look at flights back to Europe and it's not making good reading. Only Lufthansa and Thai Airways offer direct flights to Germany and they are all around the £700 + mark.
Luckily wifey is a shrewd operator and stuck with it and by doing so, unearthed a very good price with "Wings"- a no frills subsidiary of Lufthansa, I believe. OK, it won't fly to Frankfurt rather to Koln where it is based, but it is direct and costs £500/person. With the money saved we can stay over a couple of nights and then take the ferry down the Rhine to get us to Frankfurt where our cousins live.
I like that idea far better.