There are literally dates where first class is cheaper than economy.
When you take to the skies again, wouldn’t it be nice for the flight to be as memorable and enjoyable as the destination itself? That’s always the dream, but that little issue of finances can often get in the way.
Today though, Lufthansa and Swiss are offering an exceptional sale on First & Business Class for anyone who can book with a companion. Business starts at £999 for two, and first from £1999 for two. These sales are for UK departures.
Whether it’s a friend, a frenemy, lover, child, spouse or even a random acquaintance from the beloved internet, or our comments section, it’s all good, even odd numbers above two people are fine too. Here’s a look at this tremendous sale.
Lufthansa & Swiss Business And First UK And EU Companion Sale
Swiss and Lufthansa offer two of the best experiences in first class, and very solid business class experiences too. Right now, you can book them for a fraction of the usual price from a variety of UK airports.
Sure, there’s no crystal ball about when X country will open, but we kinda already know that by now, right? Many countries are currently in the process of reopening, or are open and ready for visitors.
With the exception of Cairo or Tel Aviv at around £500 per passenger, business class starts at around £999 per person. First class is as low as £999 per person, but most start at £1799. Dubai in first is just £1599 per person. These are extremely good deals for seriously nice first class. Tarmac transfers and all.
First And Business deals From UK Cities
And a few more Swiss business class deals…
Booking link: here.
When I said some dates where business was cheaper than economy, I wasn’t kidding. Just look below, where business is hundreds cheaper, and first class – caviar and all – is just a mere 13 bucks more! It’s madness.
Prices for first class start at £999 per passenger, and on either airline that all but assures some caviar and first rate champagne, in addition to a limousine transfer on the ground in Zurich or Frankfurt.
Swiss And Lufthansa First & Business Class Sale
If you end up on the Swiss Boeing 777, it’s the best business class experience Swiss offers, and beats Lufthansa too. If business is your cabin, routes with this plane and airline are your best bet.
As to first class, some people prefer Lufthansa First to Swiss First, depending on the plane, if you want to compare diamonds to diamonds. Having said that, Swiss First on a Boeing 777 or Airbus A340 is generally going to beat the Lufthansa cabin experience, but with the 747 on limited days, it’s tough to pass up a seat in the nose.
Read as: they’re both great and well worth it, at these prices!
Dates You Can Travel
These sales are attractive, and worth considering despite changing travel options at the moment because they go all the way through 2022.
These offers are valid until Jan 11th, 2022, but in practice most of the best deals (particularly in first class) disappear long before then.
How To Book These Companion Fares
You need to search in numbers of two passengers or more to lock in these rates. But beyond that, booking is pretty easy. Swiss has an awesome price calendar for any city pairs, which shows you dates available visually.
Stellar offers like these tend to dry up relatively fast (for best dates), so if you’re feeling like its time, get in while it’s good.
One important thing to note: flexibility policies on these tickets are nowhere near as generous as some other airlines. If the flight gets cancelled, all standard EU rules apply, but if you proactively wish to cancel, you’re left with few options other than to rebook at new pricing. There’s typically 2 or 3 of these sales per year, where you might be able to do so at the same price.
You can browse the sale and book here.
Gilbert, we are both vaccinated, when do you think Italy will be open to travelers without quarantining? Love the article.
Good question. I’d think in some form by June, if not sooner. It’s all guess work right now!
Swiss has excellent first class and current offer is very good indeed. However both Swiss and Lufthansa have passenger very unfriendly policies. I have current booking for Singapore in August – tried to rebook for January 2022 but it is impossible. Sale prices apply only for NEW booking not for rebooking. So to avoid big disappointment I would suggest end of 2021 or very beginning of 2022. Or wait for next sale.
Do you know of a way of finding people to share these great companion fares. I would have thought it would have been easy enough. But searching the web brings up sites for people who, crazy I know, actually want travel companions to spend time with. Two months in Asia or South America debating where to have lunch or dinner or icecream does not appeal to many.
I am trying to find the “calendar” feature on the Lufthansa website where they have the available dates highlighted so I don’t have to keep searching random dates, however I am having trouble remembering how to do that (been a while). Can you tell me where to find this on the site?
when searching AMS-DXB the results on LH page are biz class only..
i can never find any first class deals to South america keeps flipping back to Business on the lufthansa site for Jan /Feb dates 2022. ideas ?
I wouldn’t Touch these deals as Refund policy is very restrictive and Uk numbers of Covid are Soaring .
Cases yes, other things, we’ll wait and see.
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