Star Alliance member SWISS just very recently announced its brand-new premium economy class. Now, they are offering great prices to Singapore and Bangkok – a great opportunity to give their new product a try. Prices start at €729, including an upgraded culinary offer and 2 pieces of checked luggage.
Lufthansa and Swiss allow you to rebook all tickets without paying a fee. You can not only change the dates but the route as well. However, you’ll always have to pay the fare difference between the original and the new flight price.
After a short flight to Zurich in economy class, you’ll then fly to Thailand or Singapore in a Boeing 777.
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This deal expires on October 17, 2021. Until then, you’ll be able to buy flights departing between March and June 15, 2022. at these low prices – as long as your trip is at least 5 days (or a Sunday) long.
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.
Most programs haven’t yet decided/published how many miles they will credit for Swiss’ brand-new premium economy class (booking class N). We do know it, however, for the following 2 programs:
- 11,842 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 2,556 Award Miles + 13,752 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 2,000 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 1,500 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 1,200 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,000 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 1,000 Miles on Asiana Club
- 888 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 888 Award Miles + 178 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 740 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 592 Miles on South African Voyager
- 592 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 592 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 592 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 592 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 592 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 592 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 592 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 592 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 592 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 296 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
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