Star Alliance partners Lufthansa and SWISS are selling very cheap business class tickets to Bangkok, Singapore and Brazilian destinations Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with departure from Amsterdam. Prices start at only €1,325 and there’s availability until February 2021.
You might be worried because of the Coronavirus, but these flights are available all the way through February 2021, and Lufthansa offers more flexible conditions. You can read more about that here:
All flights include an inner European flight to Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich and a long haul business class segment with either Swiss or Lufthansa.
We expect major shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe was planned under different economic circumstances and may very well change.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, these prices will be available until June 3, 2020. Your trip has to be at least 6 days (or a Sunday) long, and no longer than 3 months. Availability is pretty good up to the latest possible travel dates in February 2021.
You can find all the available dates on Google Flights. It is even easier to search and book via Lufthansa’s best price search tool, or book directly on Lufthansa‘s or SWISS‘ website. If you are keen on saving a few bucks, you can also fire up our flight search and see what online travel agencies have to offer. However, we strongly recommend booking directly with the airlines.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Both airlines issue the tickets in booking class P. Generally, booking class P gets you more miles with SWISS than with Lufthansa. A Amsterdam – Bangkok roundtrip with SWISS via Zurich would get you:
- 19,700 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,000 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,850 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,750 on Miles & More
- 12,450 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,250 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,250 on Asiana Club
- 12,000 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,000 on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,000 on South African Voyager
- 12,000 on LATAM Pass
- 12,000 on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,000 on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,000 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,000 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,000 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,000 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,000 on United MileagePlus
- 8,400 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,000 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 750 on Asia Miles
There is no question that Lufthansa’s and SWISS’ premium cabins are among the upper half worldwide. Our author Dennis tried both business class products – you can get a glimpse of what you can expect here:
Thanks to our source YHBU!