Star Alliance members Lufthansa and SWISS are currently selling discounted first class tickets from France to various destinations around the world. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the luxuries of flying in first class, as well as relaxing in first class lounges said to be the best in the world. You’d also be entitled to benefits such as checking in 3 suitcases.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Changing dates on Lufthansa or Swiss tickets is possible without paying a fee, but you will have to pay the price difference if you (not the airline) cancel your flight. This can easily exceed €1,000 in cost. Further, tickets sold during this promotion will not be refunded if canceled.
There’s quite good availability until September 2022.
Here are some of the best prices we could find from Paris (price per person):
- Nairobi for €1,845 p.P.
- Mumbai for €1,901 p.P.
- Bengaluru for €2,011 p.P.
- Bangkok for €2,395 p.P.
- Hong Kong for €2,496 p.P.
- Johannesburg for €2,498 p.P.
- Singapore for €2,498 p.P.
Except for flights to Bangalore (which is an exclusive Lufthansa destination), you have the opportunity to choose whether you prefer to board a Lufthansa or Swiss plane. Depending on your choice, you’ll have to switch planes in Frankfurt or Zurich.
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According to the fare rules, these trips can be booked until November 7, 2021. The flights have to take place before September 30, 2022. The availability is very good all year long. The minimum stay length varies but is mostly set at five days or a night from Saturday to Sunday.
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.
The short feeder flights to Zurich are issued in booking class J, the long haul first class flights in class A. A trip from Paris to Nairobi results in the following mileage.
- 25,928 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 24,676 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 23,860 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 23,860 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 23,860 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 17,516 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 17,516 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 16,304 Award Miles + 3,236 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 16,300 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 16,300 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 16,182 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 16,004 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 16,004 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,588 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,228 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 12,108 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,078 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,078 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 12,078 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,930 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,780 Award Miles + 26,680 Tier Miles on Miles&More
Aegean Miles+Bonus, United MileagePlus, and Ethiopian ShebaMiles are among the best options to credit your flights. Miles&More is especially good if you fly in 2021, as you’d get double those miles – and thus directly the Frequent Traveler status. You can also directly get the Star Alliance Silver status at Thai Royal Orchid Plus and Aegean Miles+Bonus.
SWISS First Class
In SWISS’ first class, you’ll be served excellent food in a comfortable seat that can be turned into a
Lufthansa First Class
Lufthansa has its own terminal for First Class passengers! This and the food in Lufthansa’s First Class
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.