Swiss has one of the world’s most exclusive first class products, in the sense that only Senator level elite members in the Miles & More program can redeem miles for it. This has been the policy since 2013. Ironically, prior to that they were extremely generous with making first class award space available, even to members of partner frequent flyer programs.
I was extremely lucky to be able to have booked a ticket in Swiss first class between Zurich and Los Angeles in June (I’ll be taking the flight soon), when they temporarily made a bunch of first class award seats available to partner frequent flyer programs. I’m not sure how that happened, exactly.
Anyway, not only is it tough to redeem miles for Swiss first class, but historically paid first class tickets have been pretty expensive as well.
At the moment Swiss has some exceptionally good first class fares between London and North America, all routing via Zurich. The general terms with these fares are as follows:
- Valid for bookings through September 21, 2016
- Valid for outbound travel between November 22-29, 2016, and between February 10 and April 15, 2017
- Minimum stay of three days and maximum stay of three months
While the dates as such are fairly limited, at least availability is excellent for the eligible travel dates.
So, just how good are the fares? To give a few examples of roundtrip first class fares out of London:
- Fly to Montreal for ~$2,550
- Fly to Chicago for ~$2,750
- Fly to New York for ~$3,000
- Fly to Seattle via Zurich and Los Angeles on Swiss’ new 777 for ~$3,100
Don’t get me wrong, $2,500-3,100 is still a lot of money, but it’s a lot less than Swiss usually charges for first class. This is a first class product that’s tough to book on miles, so if you’re someone who likes to experience different first class products, this is a value that’s tough to beat. I don’t remember ever seeing cheaper Swiss first class fares than this.
Hopefully some Europe based readers can take advantage of this great deal!
(Tip of the hat to InsideFlyer)