Star Alliance founding member Lufthansa and SWISS have put a decent price tag on business class flights from London to Bangkok. Roundtrips from both Heathrow and London City airport start at £1,244 (~€1,462) with short layovers in either Frankfurt or Zurich. Availability is pretty good in the first half of 2022.
These tickets are not refundable if you cancel them on your own. To change flight dates, you’d need to pay the fare difference, but at least the rebooking fee is waived.
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.
Our availability calendar shows you all possible flight dates for less than €1,500 (~£1,276) for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to lufthansa.com, where tickets for both airlines are sold slightly cheaper than on Swiss’ website.
Carriers & Seats
After enjoying a short European business class ride from London to either Frankfurt or Zurich, you will board a Lufthansa or Swiss plane at the airlines’ respective hub. Swiss plans Boeing 777-300ER services to Bangkok, while Lufthansa’s flight plans sees an Airbus A340 scheduled for the trip to Thailand. As both airlines’ business class products are almost identical across their fleet, it’s up to you which you’d prefer.
With SWISS, it very much depends on the specific seat, as SWISS has a throne seat in every row. While the double seats share a platform in the middle, the throne seat has its own platform on each side, which you won’t have to share with anyone. Those seats thus offer privacy and comfort to an extent that the other seats cannot compete with. Therefore, you may be disappointed if you don’t get one of the throne seats, even if the other seats obviously also have a very high standard.
If you don’t like surprises, you’ll be on the safe side with Lufthansa in one aspect: all planes have the exact same seats. That, however, will no longer be the case when Lufthansa receives its first Boeing 777 planes with the new business class. Many of our readers may have already experienced the current business class. Generally, Travel-Dealz writers and readers are not big fans of the Lufthansa business class, even though it is definitely not bad. One reason for that is that the service is too inconsistent: From extremely friendly and quick to unfriendly and slow – everything is possible with Lufthansa, even in business class.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, flights are sold at this price until October 13, 2021. It is valid for flights leaving London before June 6, 2022 with a minimum stay of at least eight days. Maximum stay is three months.
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.
Both Lufthansa and SWISS issue these tickets in booking class P. Your reward mileage might differ depending on you flying either Lufthansa via Frankfurt or SWISS via Zurich. A trip with Lufthansa should be rewarded like this:
- 19,598 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 14,994 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,684 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,682 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,998 Award Miles + 2,398 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 11,994 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,994 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,994 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 11,588 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,396 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
A trip with SWISS generates the following mileage:
- 19,706 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,290 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,850 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 12,752 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,450 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,250 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,250 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,232 Award Miles + 2,446 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,230 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,230 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,230 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,230 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,230 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,230 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,230 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,230 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,230 Miles on South African Voyager
- 12,230 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 11,742 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,562 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Information & Tips for Thailand
Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans – both beach and party tourists get their money’s worth in the South Asian tropical state.
Whether Bangkok, Koh Samui or Phuket, Thailand offers multi-faceted cities and quiet beaches. Also, the country is always easy to reach from Europe. Especially to Bangkok, there is almost always at least a good deal!
Best Time to Visit
While hot summer temperatures prevail the whole year long in tropical Thailand, the best travel time is definitely the winter from November to February. Thanks to the northwest monsoon it doesn’t get warmer than 33 degrees. In summer the temperatures can quickly reach 40 degrees. The rainy season also starts in June and will last until October – high humidity is what you’ll have to prepare for!
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for stays up to a length of 30 days. The entry permit can be extended by another 30 days before expiration by local immigration authorities.
The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.
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