Star Alliance member Swiss is once again offering discounted business class tickets for flights from cities such as Nice or Paris to Tel Aviv. Fares start at €477 for a roundtrip to Isreal. All flights include a layover in Zurich. A trip in Swiss’ long haul premium cabin can be selected for the out- as well as the inbound flight.
This sweet deal is back and fare rules state that you should be able to book flights until Novemver 7th.
Flights to Tel Aviv are scheduled widebody services, featuring Swiss’ long haul premium cabin. While you’re able to enjoy an Airbus A330 in summer and Boeing 777-300ER during winter, these flights suffer from inconvenient flight times, arriving and leaving Tel Aviv in the middle of the night. Both planes have alternating 2-2-1 seating patterns up front. Inner European flights are Airbus A220 or A320 narrowbody aircraft.
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According to fare rules tickets from France will be sold until November 7th, 2019. The travel period is restricted to flights commencing on or before September 30th, 2020. These fares are available for trips that are at least six days long, but do not exceeding three months. At time of writing, we’ve been able to find good availability.
The best way to find suiting flight dates from France is Google Flights (instructions). Its calendar gives a great overview when prices are lowest. To save a bit more, you can enter the dates you’ve found in our flight search, where OTA’s offer tickets around €30 cheaper than the price displayed by Google. As always, we recommend to buy premium tickets directly from the carrier.
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 are issued in booking class P. Almost all Star Alliance frequent flyer programs credit at leat 100% of your travel distance in award miles. Your base output withouth tier bonuses for a trip from Nice shall look like this:
- 7,210 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 6,480 on LATAM Pass
- 5,090 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 5,030 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 4,990 on Miles & More
- 4,690 on SAS EuroBonus
- 4,490 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 4,490 on Asiana Club
- 4,030 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 4,030 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 4,030 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 4,030 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 4,030 on TAP Miles & Go
- 4,030 on South African Voyager
- 4,030 on United MileagePlus
- 4,030 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 4,030 on EgyptAir Plus
- 4,030 on Air India Flying Returns
- 2,820 on ANA Mileage Club
- 2,010 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 540 on Asia Miles