Asia: Star Alliance First Class Starting at €3,291 / NOK 32,440 From Oslo

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Star Alliance flagship airlines Lufthansa and SWISS are currently selling quite cheap first class flights from Oslo to many Asian destinations. If you’re flying to Singapore, you’d even get to fly in Singapore Airlines‘ First Class Suites! As these are all quite long flights of at least 12 hours, and considering the usual prices that airlines demand for a first class ticket, this is a very good deal. Starting December, the availability is outstanding.

We found similar first class prices to the following Asian destinations:

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It is very rare to find flights like these for that price

From Oslo, you would fly business class to either Zurich or Frankfurt and then continue in first class to your Asian destination. During your layover you’ll be able to enjoy the luxuries of Zurich’s first class lounge, which was recently crowned as the best first class lounge of the world, or even get to see Lufthansa’s first class terminal, entirely dedicated to its first class passengers with all the comforts that you could possibly ask for.

Search & Book

The fare rules only state that your trip has to be at least 6 days long or include a Sunday. No further restrictions are mentioned, so this deal is probably based on availability. You can use Google Flights to find available dates, and then either book directly at the airline (lufthansa.com, swiss.com), or save some money by booking the cheapest fare through 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 booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

To save you some time, we’ve compiled an availability calendar for the 5 destinations for trips of 7-10 days. If you intend to stay there longer, you’ll have to use Google Flights’ calendar.

Miles

The short feeder flights between Oslo and Zurich/Frankfurt are issued in business class J. The long first class flights are issued in class A. To name an example, for an Oslo – Hong Kong roundtrip via Zurich you would get the following number of miles:

  • 41,404 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 38,596 Miles on Miles&More
  • 38,148 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 38,148 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 38,148 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
  • 38,148 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 26,614 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 26,614 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 26,614 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 26,604 Award Miles + 3,708 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 26,260 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 25,728 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 25,728 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 25,728 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 19,960 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 19,604 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 19,516 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 19,516 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 19,516 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 19,516 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 19,072 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 17,298 Miles on Asia Miles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

As you may have noticed, this flight would directly grant you Miles&More’s Frequent Traveler status for 2 years, with which you would always enjoy benefits such as lounge access at the Lufthansa Group hubs, as well as some other select airports.

Lufthansa First Class

Lufthansa has its own terminal for First Class passengers! This and the food in Lufthansa’s First Class are widely considered to be among the best. The First Class terminal has its own airport security control, free food, hotel-like rooms with bed and bathtub, and so on. You get driven to the plane in a limousine.

The seat can be turned into a 210 cm long bed (roughly 80 cm wide) and has all the usual comforts, such as power sockets, inflight entertainment, WIFI, and so on.

Lufthansa First Class Panorama
This is a panorama picture of Lufthansa’s First Class

The first class experience with SWISS is quite similar. With Singapore Airlines, you would even get your own private suite, which, experiencing one of the best first class products available in the world.

Information & Tips for China

China is the most populous and the third largest country in the world, so naturally, there is a lot to see. The most touristically important cities are the capital of China, Beijing and the financial and trade center Shanghai.

Best Time to Travel

Since the country is vast and extends over several climate zones, there is no best travel time for China. China is connected to Europe through numerous direct flights and the travel time is about 11-13 hours. Flights to China can be found for less than 400€ throughout the year, and there are also often excellent Business Class fares.

A general advice is that travel should be avoided during the Chinese national holidays, which span over the first two weeks of October. During these time tourist destinations are overcrowded with Chinese tourists on their domestic vacation.

Visa for China

Most European citizens will need a visa to enter China.

You can apply for a tourist visa at a Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in your country. There you’ll hand in your visa application personally and can pick it up again after a few days. There is no faster and cheaper way.

Alternatively, you can apply for a visa by mail. The processing time will be up to two weeks, and you’ll have to pay for extra for shipping.

There are also so-called Visa services available that sometimes offer a faster (and maybe even cheaper) way to get your Visa. Check local sites to find out more.

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Information & Tips for Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.

Best Time to Visit

Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.

Climate diagram for Hong Kong (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.

Currency

The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$9. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.

Getting from the airport to the city centre

The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city centre within 24 minutes and will cost you around €12 per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately €35.

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Information & Tips for Thailand

Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans – both beach and party tourists get their money’s worth in the South Asian tropical state.
Whether Bangkok, Koh Samui or Phuket, Thailand offers multi-faceted cities and quiet beaches. Also, the country is always easy to reach from Europe. Especially to Bangkok, there is almost always at least a good deal!

Best Time to Visit

While hot summer temperatures prevail the whole year long in tropical Thailand, the best travel time is definitely the winter from November to February. Thanks to the northwest monsoon it doesn’t get warmer than 33 degrees. In summer the temperatures can quickly reach 40 degrees. The rainy season also starts in June and will last until October – high humidity is what you’ll have to prepare for!

Climate diagram for Bangkok (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Phuket (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Chiang Mai (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

Most EU citizens do not need a visa for stays up to a length of 30 days. The entry permit can be extended by another 30 days before expiration by local immigration authorities.

Currency

The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.

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Information & Tips for Singapore

The city-state of Singapore is a financial metropolis in Southeast Asia. Especially its geographical location is responsible for its rise. Singapore is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore very well connected to the rest of the world. Various airlines offer good deals to Singapore.

Best Time to Visit

The climate is best suited for visits in autumn and spring. Summers are sweltering and the rainy season starts in November and lasts until January. You have to be prepared for high temperatures and humidity all year round.

Entry & Visa

Most European citizens can enter Singapore without a visa and with a passport only. A residence permit for 90 days will be issued upon arrival.

From the airport to the city center

Singapore Changi Airport is connected to the city center by metro. A ride to City Hall takes about 40 minutes and costs S$ 2,30€. Taking a taxi will cost about S$ 20-30.

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