The Star Alliance member Swiss – in cooperation with Lufthansa – is currently running a great sale on FIRST class flights departing from Luxembourg. If you book a trip for two (or more) passengers, you can travel to Africa, Asia, or South America at heavily discounted prices.
We don’t know when these destinations will open their borders for tourists again. Should you wish to rebook your flight, Lufthansa/SWISS would charge a (possibly extremely high) fare difference – so book for rather later than sooner.
Since this is a partner sale, you will have to purchase tickets for two adults in order to get the promoted price.
There’s availability until September 2022. If you intend to fly with SWISS, simply click on the blue button. Should you, however, want to fly with Lufthansa as well, then you need to click on the gray button:
Here’s a list of destinations that we found to be interesting from a price perspective (price per passenger):
- Dubai for €1,799 p.p.
- Nairobi for €1,899 p.p.
- Mumbai for €1,998 p.p.
- Delhi for €1,998 p.p.
- São Paulo for €2,399 p.p.
- Rio de Janeiro for €2,437 p.p.
- Bangkok for €2,447 p.p.
- Hong Kong for €2,498 p.p.
- Singapore for €2,502 p.p.
- Johannesburg for €2,537 p.p.
- Kuala Lumpur for €2,598 p.p.
- Bali for €2,698 p.p.
Depending on the carrier you choose to travel with, your trip will include one European layover in Zurich, Munich, or Frankfurt. Short-haul flights will be carried out in business class. From there, most connections will be nonstop.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, you should be able to buy your tickets until November 14, 2021. But we wouldn’t recommend that you wait too long since the discounted seats could sell out any minute as there are only very few first class seats on each flight. The offer is valid for trips commencing before September 30, 2022.
The minimum stay requirement is of five nights or – alternatively – the night from Saturday to Sunday. And in most cases, you could spend up to three months at your destination of choice.
The easiest way to find your cheap tickets is to visit the Swiss’ landing page. The airline has an excellent calendar overview that makes it easy to spot availability.
We recommend that you book through the carrier’s website anyway, especially for higher-priced first class tickets.
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 airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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.
Tickets for flights in first class will be issued in booking class A, those for business class flights in J. Both will get you a nice earning rate on most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. Here’s what a trip to Nairobi via Zurich could get you:
- 25,928 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 24,680 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 24,676 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 23,416 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 23,416 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 17,520 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 17,520 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 15,856 Award Miles + 3,148 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 15,856 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,856 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 15,782 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 15,672 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 15,672 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 15,672 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 15,672 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,340 Award Miles + 8,560 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,090 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 11,818 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 11,800 Miles on Asiana Club
- 11,800 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,708 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 7,364 Award Miles + 26,680 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 7,364 Award Miles + 680 Points on Miles&More 2024
You may be looking to reach a frequent flyer status with this booking. Feel free to use our status calculator to see how far away you are from reaching your goal:
SWISS First Class
In SWISS’ first class, you’ll be served excellent food in a comfortable seat that can be turned into a