Over the past few years we’ve seen airlines introduce more discounted premium cabin fares. This trend has primarily impacted business class, while in many cases international first class has continued to be outrageously priced. However, there are a few exceptions, as some airlines have even started publishing excellent first class fares, at least on a promotional basis.
Swiss has a fantastic first class product, and it’s also one of the toughest first class products to book with miles. Ordinarily only Miles & More Senator members can redeem miles for Swiss first class, while it’s not bookable for non-elite members, and those who have miles with partner programs.
Last year there was a brief period where Swiss first class was bookable with partner airline miles, so I managed to fly Swiss’ 777-300ER first class from Zurich to Los Angeles, which was a great experience. However, that’s extremely rare.
With that in mind, nowadays the best way to book Swiss first class is to just find a discounted fare on them. Swiss offers a decent number of discounted first class fares, and I’ve written about them in the past. However, at the moment they have some of the best companion fares I’ve ever seen.
If originating in Brussels and traveling with a companion, Swiss has roundtrip first class fares of under 2,000EUR per person to destinations like Beijing, Dar es Salaam, Delhi, Dubai, Mumbai, Muscat, and Nairobi. Those are some fantastic fares that can be issued through June 29, 2017, for travel between July 1, 2017, and January 15, 2018.
It’s not often we see international first class fares of under 1,000EUR one-way, so that’s pretty incredible. Business class fares are good as well, largely under 1,200EUR roundtrip.
Booking one of these will allow you to use Swiss’ excellent first class lounge in Zurich, which is one of my favorite in the world. It’s stylish, has a beautiful outdoor terrace, an incredible restaurant, and best of all, private bedrooms.
These are the nicest bedrooms you’ll find at any airport, in my opinion.
Availability with these fares is exceptional, so you should more or less have your pick of dates if taking advantage of this offer.
Anyone plan on booking a Swiss first class fare using this great companion offer?
(Tip of the hat to YHBU)