Airlines of the Lufthansa Group (especially Lufthansa and Swiss) offer a great companion sale for flights departing from Amsterdam. As long as your traveling as a group of min. 2 people, you can, e.g. fly to Dubai for €980, Bangkok for €1,230 per person, or to Sydney for only €1,700! Also, availability is fantastic throughout the second half of 2021.
All itineraries require at least one stop and change of planes in either Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Changing dates on Lufthansa or Swiss tickets is possible without paying a fee, but you will have to pay the price difference if you (not the airline) cancel your flight. This can easily exceed €1,000 in cost. Further, tickets sold during this promotion will not be refunded if cancelled.
We were able to verify the following prices on Lufthansa’s and Swiss’ website:
- Tel Aviv at €511 pp
- Dubai at €980 pp
- Bogotá at €1,009 pp
- Nairobi at €1,107 pp
- Kuwait at €1,108 pp
- Mumbai at €1,131 pp
- Delhi at €1,145 pp
- São Paulo at €1,219 pp
- Bangkok at €1,230 pp
- Hong Kong at €1,231 pp
- Johannesburg at €1,234 pp
- Singapore at €1,239 pp
- Jakarta at €1,247 pp1
- Santiago at Chile at €1,280 pp1
- Lima at €1,305 pp1
- Manila at €1,374 pp1
- Sydney at €1,700 pp1
- probably more
1 – Lufthansa, Swiss & Austrian don’t serve this destination directly, so a second change of planes (in addition to the obligatory one in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich) is necessary.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, these trips can be booked until April 7, 2021. The flights have to take place between May 1 and December 16, 2021, though some advertised fare are available for departures until February 2022.
Normally, you can find available dates quickly & easily using Google Flights. Sadly, the tool does not preview prices correctly (yet). It is easier to directly search and book on the websites of Lufthansa or Swiss, as the latter previews availabilities with a calendar. We strongly recommend going this way.
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.
The booking class for these business class flights is P. If you’re flying Swiss to Bangkok via Zurich, you can roughly expect to get:
- 19,700 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,000 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,850 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,750 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,450 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,250 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,250 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,000 Miles on South African Voyager
- 12,000 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,000 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,000 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,000 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,000 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,000 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,000 Award Miles + 2,400 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,000 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,000 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,000 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 8,400 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,000 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 750 Miles on Asia Miles
Flying the same route to Bangkok with Lufthansa (via Frankfurt) would get you:
- 19,590 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 14,540 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,680 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,680 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,640 Award Miles + 2,320 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,630 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,630 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,630 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 11,430 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,140 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 450 Miles 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: