Lufthansa and Swiss are currently selling very cheap tickets for business class flights to Asia departing from Tel Aviv. From Isreal, prices for roud-trips to Beijing and Shanghai start around €1,271. And there are more destinations available.
- Bangkok at €1,298
- Beijing at €1,298
- Shanghai at €1,298
- Mumbai at €1,308
- Cape Town at €1,317
- Johannesburg at €1,317
- Hong Kong at €1,326
- Nairobi at €1,326
- Delhi at €1,335
- Singapore at €1,335
- Tokio at €1,335
- Osaka at €1,335
- Rio de Janeiro at €1,336
- Buenos Aires at €1,362
- Sao Paulo at €1,362
The availability is excellent starting in November and all through to June 202. Most routes will even show cheap business class seats over Xmas and New Year’s Eve.
Your trip will always include at least one layover. Depending on the carrier you choose this could be Frankfurt, Munich or Zurich. From there, the airline will fly you to Asia. So technically, you will first fly west from Tel Aviv before traveling east. Also, Swiss will operate an Airbus A330 on the route between Zurich and Tel Aviv, which means that you will benefit from lie-flat seats. Lufthansa, on the other hand, will offer a standard European economy class.
Check out these two reviews to get a better idea of what the Lufthansa and Swiss business class products are like:
Get to Tel Aviv
Connections flights to Tel Aviv are available from many European airports, sometimes at prices starting as low as €32 (Ryanair). If one of the mentioned destinations sounds interesting, it is definitely worth checking for feeder flights from your nearest airport. Readers living in the area Nice or Paris might be able to combine this offer with Swiss’s cheap business class flight to Tel Aviv.
Even if all flights are routed via Germany or Switzerland, you can not just start your journey there. Read our article of skipping segments to find out more:
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets should be available until November 22nd. The offer is valid for trips commencing on or after November 1st and on or before June 30th, 2020. As already mentioned, availability is excellent. At least as of now.
The minimum stay requirements are 3 days. And you can spend up to 3 months at your favorite destination before returning to Europe if you want to benefit from this fare.
It is easy to find all available connections by using Google Flights (instructions) or the Landing Page at Swiss.com. There are so many cheap seats available that this offer should match any schedule. Once you’ve settled for a specific date, just visit one of the carrier’s websites for booking.
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 booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- 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.
All tickets will be issued in booking class P. Depending on the airline, and for frequent flyer programs, the earning rate can vary widely. Here’s what a trip with Swiss to Beijing via Zurich will earn you:
- 21,560 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,746 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,398 Miles on Miles&More
- 13,398 Award Miles + 2,680 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,398 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 13,398 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,398 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,398 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,398 Miles on Asiana Club
- 13,396 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,396 Miles on South African Voyager
- 13,396 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,396 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,396 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,396 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,396 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,396 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,396 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,396 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,396 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 9,376 Miles on ANA Mileage Club