Airlines of the Lufthansa Group (especially Lufthansa and Swiss) are offering 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 Bogota for €999, Dubai for €1,002, Nairobi for €1,103 per person, or to Hong Kong for only €1,244! Also, availability is fantastic throughout the first half of 2022.
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: €779
- Bogota: €999
- Dubai: €1,002
- Nairobi: €1,103
- New Delhi: €1,143
- Mumbai: €1,149
- Hong Kong: €1,244
- Johannesburg: €1,248
- São Paulo: €1,249
- Singapore: €1,259
- Buenos Aires: €1,397
- and possibly more…
All itineraries require at least one stop and change of planes in either Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich, depending on the airline that you’re flying with.
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These trips can be booked until July 20, 2021. The flights have to take place anytime before June 12, 2022, though availability is very low in 2021.
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 Dubai via Zurich, you can roughly expect to get:
- 11,132 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 8,344 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 7,524 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 7,124 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 6,924 Miles on Asiana Club
- 6,924 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 6,676 Award Miles + 1,336 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 6,676 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 6,676 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 6,676 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 6,676 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 6,676 Miles on South African Voyager
- 6,676 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 6,676 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 6,676 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 6,676 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 6,676 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 6,302 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 4,672 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,624 Award Miles + 7,426 Tier Miles on Miles&More
To give you another example, flying to New Delhi with Lufthansa via Frankfurt would get you:
- 13,842 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 10,076 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 9,106 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 8,062 Award Miles + 1,614 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 8,060 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 8,060 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 8,060 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 7,856 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,642 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 4,172 Award Miles + 9,106 Tier Miles on Miles&More
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: