Star Alliance member Swiss is selling cheap tickets for first class flights from several cities in Europe to Dubai starting at HUF 1,019,400 (~€2,655). Although the price is not as low as partner sale fares, this deal can also be booked for a single traveller. Roundtrips for less than €2,800 can be found from Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Stockholm.
You can find first class flights for less than €2,500 from the following airports. The links will lead you to SWISS’ price calendar.
- Budapest: HUF 1,019,400 (~€2,655)
- Prague: CZK 62,447 (~€2,644)
- Warsaw: PLN 12,746 (~€2,723)
- Stockholm: SEK 30,223 (~€2,701)
Unfortunately, the prices are very quickly changing. Until they stabilize, we recommend using the links above that will lead to SWISS’ price calendar. The availability depends on the destination, but all of them cover Summer 2023.
For the flights to Zurich, you will either be sitting Swiss’ European business class, while you’ll be on board an Airbus A330 aircraft on the long-haul flight to Dubai. A longer stop in Zurich may be advisable, as you can enjoy Swiss’ dedicated first class lounge at the airport.
SWISS First Class
In SWISS’ first class, you’ll be served excellent food in a comfortable seat that can be turned into a
Travel-Dealz author Dennis was able to test SWISS’ first class product. You can read his review here:
Search & Book
The fare rules do not state how long the fare will remain available. The minimum stay requirement is 6 days (or a Sunday), and you can stay a maximum of 12 months. You also have to book at least 60 days before departure. The availability depends on the destination, but all of them cover Summer 2023.
Unfortunately, Google Flights (instructions) prices are outdated. We recommend searching for flights on the price calendar on Swiss’ website. You can find the links above. For tickets at this price, we recommend booking directly at the airline.
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 airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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.
In first class, flights are issued in booking class A. The business class flights within Europe are issued in booking class J. You will receive the following number of miles (example from Budapest):
- 26,722 Award Miles + 21,778 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 26,722 Award Miles + 680 Points on Miles&More 2024
- 21,478 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 19,778 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 19,778 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 19,770 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 19,768 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 14,252 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 14,252 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 13,852 Award Miles + 2,770 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 13,852 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 13,844 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 13,652 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 13,352 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 13,352 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 13,352 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 13,344 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 10,390 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 10,190 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 10,140 Miles on Asiana Club
- 10,140 Award Miles + 6,926 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 10,134 Miles on South African Voyager
- 9,890 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
If you’re looking to earn a frequent flyer status with these flights, feel free to use our status calculator to see which program suits you best:
Hotel prices in Dubai usually start at €40, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is searching on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
Information & Tips for Dubai
Thanks to oil billions, Dubai has created a world of splendour and glitter that is second to none. Whether it’s an artificial island or skiing in the desert, everything is possible there. Thanks to Emirates, there are non-stop flights to many destinations worldwide, from Europe you can reach Dubai within 5-6 hours even with cheap flights.
The Best Time to Visit
Dubai reaches temperatures of up to 45° in summer, and even in winter, the weather is hot. The best time to travel is from November to March when temperatures are comparatively low.
From the airport to the city
A taxi from the airport to Jumeirah Beach (where many hotels are located) costs around €13 – €17. By metro, the journey to Burj Khalifa takes about 20 minutes and costs only €1.
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