First Class Sale: Swiss and Lufthansa First to the US from $2190
For those of you not familiar with Swiss First Class, it’s one of the nicest first class products in the sky. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most elusive. Swiss doesn’t open up first class bookings to partners. Even if you’re a you’re a member of the Miles & More program, you’ll still need to have elite status to redeem miles for first class. Basically, unless you’re a Swiss elite or have a boatload of cash, you’re not flying Swiss First Class.
However, there may be a chance for you to change that. Thanks to Swiss and Lufthansa’s latest sale, caviar and Porsche rides may be closer than you think.
Thanks to Flashpacker Max, we became aware of a fantastic Swiss and Lufthansa companion sale out of Stockholm. With a little playing around, were able to get the prices down even further and find availability on a few additional Scandinavian routes.
The best deals originate in Oslo, Stockholm, and Gothenburg and feature a layover in one of Swiss or Lufthansa’s hubs. If you’re flying on Lufthansa, I’d recommend routing through Frankfurt to experience the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and Porsche transfer service. Swiss’ first class lounge in Zurich is fantastic as well.
Boston – $2,190
Miami – $2,375
Orlando – $2,375
Toronto – $2,409
Chicago – $2,496
San Francisco – $2,702
This deal is wide open currently. You can travel any date between now and the end of September 2020. You’ll need to stay at least 6 nights, but can stay up to 3 months. This could present a fantastic opportunity to book a 2-in-1 trip, while flying in one of the world’s best first class products.
How to Book
For the lowest fares, you can just follow the links above. However, you can also book these directly through Swiss’ website for a couple hundred dollars more.
To find availability, just head on over to Google Flights and play around with the dates. Make sure to have two passengers selected, as this deal isn’t supposed to work for one passenger. However, we’ve seen several cities that are working for solo travelers.
Where to Credit
Unfortunately, there aren’t any monstrous mileage earning opportunities like with British Airways First Class. However, you can still earn a pretty decent chunk of miles for some of these flights.
According to wheretocredit.com, the first class portions would earn 300% of the miles flown if crediting to Star Alliance carrier, Aegean’s, Miles+Bonus program. Not only does Aegean’s program offer the most miles, but they also have some really lucrative reward possibilities as well. For example, if you booked this fare to Miami, you’d earn about 30,000 Aegean miles. Thats more than enough for 7 hours in flat bed business class between Singapore and Japan and 2/3rds of the way to business class across the Atlantic!
If you’re looking for a US program to credit these flights to, your best bet will be United’s MileagePlus program. The first class legs will earn 200% of the mileage flown. Using the Miami example, you’d be looking at over 20,000 redeemable miles and 4,000 premier qualifying points.
I realize that $2,000 is still a pretty significant chunk of change. However, these are some fantastic fares on a couple of the world’s best first class products. The prices are similar to what you’d typically find for a decent transatlantic business class fare. If you have the opportunity and means to pull this off, this is a great way to experience a first class product that you can’t book with points.