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 £1,430 (~€1,598) with short layovers in either Frankfurt or Zurich. Availability is pretty good in the second half of 2020.
Try to avoid routings via Munich. Lufthansa flights from Munich to Bangkok are operated with Eurowings aircraft. Their business class can’t live up to Lufthansa’s or SWISS’ product.
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According to the fare rules, flights are sold at this price until December 7, 2019. It is valid for flights leaving London before December 7, 2020 with a minimum stay of at least six days or one night from Saturday to Sunday. 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 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 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:
- 19,590 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 14,990 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,680 on SAS EuroBonus
- 12,680 on Miles & More
- 11,990 on LATAM Pass
- 11,990 on United MileagePlus
- 11,990 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 11,990 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 11,580 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 8,390 on ANA Mileage Club
- 810 on Asia Miles
A trip with SWISS generates the following mileage:
- 19,700 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,290 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
- 12,230 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,230 on TAP Miles & Go
- 12,230 on South African Voyager
- 12,230 on LATAM Pass
- 12,230 on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,230 on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,230 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,230 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,230 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 12,230 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,230 on United MileagePlus
- 8,560 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,110 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 980 on Asia Miles
Lufthansa’s Business Class on Long-Haul Routes
Lufthansa is rated as a 5-star airline through Skytrax and is the only European airline amongst the other 5-star airlines.
Business class with Lufthansa typically includes the following amenities:
- Business check in
- Priority borading
- 2 checked bags each up to 32kg
- 2 items of carry-on baggage each up to 8kg plus a personal item
- Access to business lounges across the Star Alliance network
- Access to welcome lounge in Frankfurt on the way back
All airplanes that Lufthansa utilizes for long-haul have a 2-2-2 seat configuration in business class. However there is one exception which is the single-aisle upper deck of the Boeing 747-400 that comes in a 2-2 seat configuration. All seats are fully lie-flat. Window seats do not have direct aisle access.
Service, food, inflight entertainment and the amenity kit are of high quality.