Star Alliance carriers Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines are charging a decent price for business class tickets from Stockholm to eight . You can get a round-trip from Sweden to Thailand starting at SEK 13,854 (~€1,264).
All possible flights to Phuket or other destinations require two layovers, one in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich, depending on the operating carrier. A second change of planes in Bangkok is necessary to get to your destination. Flights to Bangkok only have one stop.
With departure from Gothenborg or Stockholm, you can find tickets at the following prices:
For approx. €60 more you can also depart from Ronneby, Karlskrona and many more Swedish cities. The feeder with SAS usually adds another stop to your itinerary.
You can find these flights between January and June 2023. Your best chances of finding them is via Lufthansa’s or Swiss’ website.
Business Class Products
All three carriers offer an up-to-date Business Class on board their aircraft. Lie-flat seats are standard, and according to most reviews also the service and the catering are above average. But there are differences:
With SWISS, it very much depends on the specific seat, as SWISS has a throne seat in every row. While the double seats share a platform in the middle, the throne seat has its own platform on each side, which you won’t have to share with anyone. Those seats thus offer privacy and comfort to an extent that the other seats cannot compete with. Therefore, you may be disappointed if you don’t get one of the throne seats, even if the other seats obviously also have a very high standard.
If you don’t like surprises, you’ll be on the safe side with Lufthansa in one aspect: all planes have the exact same seats. That, however, will no longer be the case when Lufthansa receives its first Boeing 777 planes with the new business class. Many of our readers may have already experienced the current business class. Generally, Travel-Dealz writers and readers are not big fans of the Lufthansa business class, even though it is definitely not bad. One reason for that is that the service is too inconsistent: From extremely friendly and quick to unfriendly and slow – everything is possible with Lufthansa, even in business class.
The Austrian business class may not be known by many, but all seats are at a consistently high standard. The Boeing 767, as well as the Boeing 777, are both equipped with the same seats, which are not only comfortable but also offer a good sleeping experience. The catering is also said to be especially good.
Except for flight to Bangkok, all trips require two stops – one in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna or Zurich and a second one in Bangkok. Trips between Stockholm and European Star Alliance hubs are European Business Class rides. The long-haul segments take place in a proper business class cabin. On all Thai domestic flights, you will most likely be seated in economy class.
Search & Book
The fare has no expiration date and can thus be withdrawn anytime. The minimum stay requirement is 6 days (or a Sunday). Furthermore, your stay cannot exceed 12 months. Stopovers are not permitted. You can find flights at the lowest price between January 2023 and June 2023.
Sadly, Google Flights (instructions) is not the best way to find cheap flights, as its preview is a bit unreliable in this case. Once you’ve settled on flight dates, we recommend booking directly on one of the carriers’ websites. An even quicker way is usually Lufthansa’s best price search tool. Unfortunately, you may encounter the same problems that you have with Google.
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 tickets will be issued in booking class P. Depending on the carrier and your frequent flyer program you will receive a different amount of miles. Here’s what a trip with Swiss via Zurich to Bangkok can get you on Star Alliance programs:
- 21,082 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 16,376 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,100 Award Miles + 2,620 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,100 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 13,098 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 13,098 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 13,098 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 13,098 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,098 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 13,098 Miles on South African Voyager
- 13,098 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,098 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 13,098 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,098 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 13,098 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 12,752 Miles on Miles&More
- 12,176 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 9,170 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Here is a trip with Lufthansa via Frankfurt – in the same booking class:
- 20,442 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 15,876 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 12,704 Award Miles + 2,540 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 12,700 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 12,700 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,700 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 12,682 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 11,942 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 4,800 Award Miles + 12,684 Tier Miles on Miles&More
We have omitted the flights between Bangkok and Phuket, as they yield only minimal mileage.
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!
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.
The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.
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