Lufthansa and Swiss are currently selling quite a few discounted tickets for flights in their first and business class cabin. Next to the offer on flights from the UK, you can also depart from Kiev and purchase tickets at very reasonable prices. The cheapest first class option will get you to Dubai at €1,307 (~UAH 42,603).
The significant difference to the offers you can get on flights from London is that the deal from Ukraine is not a companion sale. Consequently, prices are also available if you travel alone. Check out the following prices:
- Muscat at €1,344 (~UAH 43,809)
- Beijing at €1,741 (~UAH 56,750)
- Hong Kong at €1,757 (~UAH 57,272)
- Shanghai at €1,757 (~UAH 57,272)
- Dar el Salaam at €1,757 (~UAH 57,272)
- Nairobi at €1,757 (~UAH 57,272)
- Singapore at €1,964 (~UAH 64,019)
- Bangkok at €1,966 (~UAH 64,084)
- Johannesburg at €2,206 (~UAH 71,907)
- Sao Paulo at €2,215 (~UAH 72,201)
Business Class deals start at far below €1,000. Again with flights to Dubai for prices around €870 (~UAH 28,359).
- Dubai at €870 (~UAH 28,359)
- Muscat at €871 (~UAH 28,391)
- Shanghai at €1,041 (~UAH 33,933)
- Beijing at €1,077 (~UAH 35,106)
- Hong Kong at €1,078 (~UAH 35,139)
- Bangkok at €1,113 (~UAH 36,280)
- Singapore at €1,133 (~UAH 36,932)
- Seoul at €1,179 (~UAH 38,431)
Depending on the airline you choose, your trip will include at least one layover in Zurich (Swiss) or Frankfurt (Lufthansa). Traveling via Switzerland will often come with an extended stop. If you want to get a better idea of what the cabin products are like, check out these reviews:
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The fare rules for this deal state that you will be able to buy tickets until January 26th and that the offer is valid for trips commencing until December 15th, 2020.
There are minimum stay requirements of at least one night from Saturday to Sunday. Alternatively, you have to spend at least six days at your destination. The most extended period is for three months.
The best way to find cheap connections is by using Google Flights (instructions). Once you’ve settled for dates, you can either book directly on the carrier’s website. Since you won’t always be able to find the best prices, we’d recommend using our Travel Dealz flight search.
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.
All tickets for flights in the first class cabin will be issued in booking class A. Your feeder flight – which will take place in European business class – will be in J. Depending on where you’re flying to, this can get you pretty close to Star Alliance Gold. See what a trip to Hong Kong could earn you:
- 52,100 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 38,120 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 38,120 on Miles & More
- 38,120 on SAS EuroBonus
- 38,060 on TAP Miles & Go
- 38,060 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 38,060 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 26,680 on United MileagePlus
- 26,680 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 26,290 on LATAM Pass
- 25,700 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 25,700 on EgyptAir Plus
- 25,700 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 25,700 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 20,010 on ANA Mileage Club
- 20,010 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 19,620 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 19,520 on Asiana Club
- 19,520 on South African Voyager
- 3,930 on Air India Flying Returns
- 2,460 on Asia Miles
As with most discounted Lufthansa business class deals, the booking class here is P. If you’re looking to earn miles on a variety of Star Alliance programs. It would help if you considered flying Swiss since Lufthansa’s P class tickets are excluded from receiving miles quite often. So we’ll show you what a flight to Shanghai with Swiss will mean for your account:
- 21,370 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,600 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,280 on Asiana Club
- 13,280 on United MileagePlus
- 13,280 on LATAM Pass
- 13,280 on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,280 on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,280 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,280 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,280 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,280 on South African Voyager
- 13,280 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,280 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,280 on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,280 on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,280 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,280 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 12,720 on Miles & More
- 9,290 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,640 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 2,060 on Asia Miles