Star Alliance members Lufthansa and Swiss offer an attractive sale for premium flights with departure from Lisbon. The number of possible destinations is not that big, but overall availability is pretty good. We gladly present you with all destinations offering the best mix of value and availability.
This is a partner sale, meaning that you’ve to purchase tickets for two adults to get the quoted price. Further, these tickets are not refundable!
The following destinations & prices are available:
- Dubai at €1,5781
- Nairobi at €1,828€1
- Sao Paulo at €1,845
- Johannesburg at €1,927
- Mumbai at €1,928
- New Delhi at €1,952
- Bangalore at €1,952
- Bangkok at €2,028
- Hong Kong at €2,129
- Singapore at €2,138
- Buenos Aires at €2,153
- and more…
1 – these destinations require an overnight stay in Zurich on the outbound flight
In business class, you will find a wider variety of possible destinations. This is a selection of the most interesting ones:
- Tel Aviv at €480
- Sao Paulo at €1,028
- Nairobi at €1,053
- New Delhi at €1,130
- Mumbai at €1,146
- Johannesburg at €1,251
- Rio de Janeiro at €1,152
- Bangalore at €1,252
- Bogota at €1,253
- Seoul at €1,263
- Bangkok at €1,328
- Hong Kong at €1,329
- Singapore at €1,338
- and more…
All itineraries feature an Inner European Business Class trip from Lisbon to either Frankfurt, Munich, or Zurich. These are operated by Lufthansa, Swiss or Air Portugal. Onwards, you will enjoy a business or first class ride to your destination.
Lufthansa is running similar sales from different European countries:
Search & Book
Both sales last until July 20, 2021 and are valid for flights up until May 31, 2022. You can use Google Flights to check on which dates flights are cheapest (instructions). It is then the safest option to buy them directly on SWISS’s website or Lufthansa’s landing page.
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.
All European short-haul flights are ticketed in booking class J. First class long haul segments are booking class A while business class tickets are booking class P. It pays off to check with wheretocredit.com whether you should prefer SWISS or Lufthansa if the price is identical, as the reward mileage is not identical. The following example is given for a business class trip to Sao Paulo with SWISS via Zurich:
- 23,350 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 18,136 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 14,508 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 14,508 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 14,508 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 14,508 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 14,508 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 14,508 Miles on South African Voyager
- 14,508 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 14,508 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 14,508 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 14,508 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 14,508 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 14,504 Award Miles + 2,902 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 14,504 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,340 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 10,156 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,884 Award Miles + 13,676 Tier Miles on Miles&More
While a SWISS first class trip via Zurich to Johannesburg gets the following accrual:
- 38,842 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 35,670 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 35,666 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 35,666 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 35,666 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 25,208 Award Miles + 3,856 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 25,206 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 25,206 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 25,206 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 24,778 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 24,136 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 24,136 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 24,136 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 18,908 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,478 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 18,370 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 18,370 Miles on South African Voyager
- 18,370 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 17,834 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 7,404 Award Miles + 35,386 Tier Miles on Miles&More
There is no question that Lufthansa’s and SWISS’ premium cabins are among the best of the business. Our author Dennis tried both business class as well as SWISS’ first class product – you can get a glimpse of what you can expect here: