The Star Alliance member Swiss – in cooperation with Lufthansa – is currently running a great sale on FIRST class flights departing from Amsterdam. If you book a trip for a party of two, you can travel to Africa, Asia, South America or even Australia and New Zealand at heavily discounted prices. The lowest offer is for flights to Delhi that will cost you only €1,591 per person. If you’re insterested in the airline’s great business class offers, check out this deal.
Since this is a partner sale, you will have to purchase tickets for two adults in order to get the promoted price.
Here’s a list of destinations that we found to be interesting from a price perspective:
- Delhi, India at €1,591
- Johannesburg, South Africa at €2,071
- Dar el Salaam, Tanzania at €2,178
- Mumbai, India at €2,196
- Nairobi, Kenya at €2,207
- Bogota, Colombia at €2,572
- Penang Malaysia at €2,787
- Auckland, New Zealand at €3,010
- Sydney, Australia at €3,057
- and even more
A similiar sale is currently available with departure from Luxembourg. You can find all first class offers here:
Depending on the carrier you choose to travel with, your trip will include one European layover in Zurich, Munich or Frankfurt. Short-haul flights be carried out in business class. From there, many connections will be nonstop. But especially on your way to down under or New Zealand, another chance of planes will be necessary. Again, often to a partner airline’s business class product.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, you should be able to buy your tickets until March 1st, 2020. But we wouldn’t recommend that you wait too long since the discounted setas could sell out any minute. The offer is valid for trips commencing before December 19th.
The minimum stay requirements are for three 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 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.
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 Johannesburg via Zurich could get you:
- 37,880 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 37,620 on Miles & More
- 35,620 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 35,120 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 35,120 on TAP Miles & Go
- 24,810 on SAS EuroBonus
- 24,810 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 23,910 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 23,910 on United MileagePlus
- 23,910 on Air India Flying Returns
- 23,760 on LATAM Pass
- 23,540 on EgyptAir Plus
- 23,540 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 18,060 on Asiana Club
- 17,930 on ANA Mileage Club
- 17,930 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 17,780 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 17,750 on South African Voyager
- 17,750 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 17,750 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 940 on Asia Miles