Star Alliance member airline Swiss Airlines is offering cheap business class flights to Mauritius and Seychelles. The long haul flights are operated by Swiss’ sister company Edelweiss. Their excellent business class will surely satisfy you.
Search & Book
Unfortunately the exact fare rules are unknown to us. However the following information is what we found out ourselves: Google Flights indicates that the minimum length of stay is 9 days. There is scattered availability in July, August and September.
You will be able to earn some award miles with most Star Alliance member programs. That’s at least for the European leg as this is flown and operated by Swiss Airlines in booking class P.
However, for the long haul leg things are a bit more complicated. Edelweiss is not a member airline of Star Alliance but it has cooperations with Miles & More and MileagePlus.
In both programs you can earn award and status miles.
Miles & More:
- Revenue-based award mile calculation
- 100% status miles
- 100% award miles
- 100% status miles
With all other programs you can earn the following amount of miles:
- 1,600 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 1,600 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 1,500 Miles on Miles&More
- 1,200 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,000 Miles on Asiana Club
- 1,000 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 316 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 252 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 252 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 252 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 252 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 252 Miles on South African Voyager
- 252 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 252 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 252 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 252 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 252 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 250 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 176 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Edelweiss Business Class
The Edelweiss business class in an Airbus A340 comes in an alternating 1-2-1 or 2-2-1 configuration with lie flat seats. Seat comfort can therefore vary especially since some of the seats do not have window access according to seatguru.com (row 8). Other single seats on the left hand side can have a lot of space and privacy (seats 4A, 6A, 8A, 10A, 12A).
Information & Tips for Seychelles
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. There are numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves as well as rare animals such as Aldabra giant tortoises. The capital Victoria is located on Mahé, the starting point for visiting the other islands. The island also offers rainforests in the mountains of the Morne-Seychellois National Park and beaches such as Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October.
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizenss do not need a visa. A permit for the duration of the trip will be issued upon arrival at the border. It can be extended for a further three months up to one year.
Passport, return flight ticket, hotel booking and sufficient financial means (approx. US$ 150 per day) are required for entry. Checks on entry can be made, funds can be carried in cash, traveller’s cheques or credit cards.
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Thanks to our source YHBU.
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