As a reminder, SWISS’ 2-for-1 Business and First Class Sale only has 48 hours left to it. It’s a great deal to take advantage of considering the amount of money you’ll save and the quality of the SWISS product. Treat yourself for the Holidays!
The sale covers flight to Asia, The Middle East, and Africa but there is one caveat: You have to depart and arrive from one of 3 French Airports including Paris Charles Degaulle, Nice, or Bordeaux. However, this fare sale is way worth that minor inconvenience!
For example, 2 of you can fly from France to Johannesburg (via ZRH) in for €5200. You can reach destinations in Asia for as little as €2400 if you’d like to fly in First Class to Hong Kong!
The Business Class sale is equally as attractive. You can reach Rio de Janeiro for only €1300 or Mumbai for only €1150/roundtrip per person. Many other destinations come in at the same price points.
Please note, to get these prices you have to book 2 passengers onto the same itinerary. If you try to book the ticket for yourself only, you’ll be quoted the regular fare price. So find a friend, family member, or polite stranger and enjoy the First Class ride.
As far as the terms and conditions are concerned:
- You must purchase your ticket by December 18, 2017
- Your travel must be completed by October 31, 2018
- A minimum stay of 3 to 5 nights is required (varies by destination)
- Tickets are non-cancellable and non-refundable.
- 2 Passengers must travel on the same itinerary.
I’ve flown in SWISS First Class a few times over the last handful of years and can genuinely say it’s one of the best experiences that I’ve ever had when traveling.
Related: SWISS’ New First Class Lounge in Zurich
Over the coming months, Senator and Business Class Lounges in Vienna will be closed at various times while they undergo renovation.
As of today, the Business Class Lounge in the non-Schengen area of concourse ‘D’ will be closed. Austrian did not provide a timeframe for it’s reopening.
After the ‘D’ Lounge re-opens, the Senator and Business Class Lounges in the Schengen Concourse F will be closed. After the ‘F’ Lounge is re-opened, the non-Schengen Lounge in Concourse G will closed for it’s facelift.
These rolling closures will continue throughout the winter, with the plan being that all lounge renovations are completed by early spring.
Through all this, the HON Lounge will remain open and will not be receiving any kind of renovation.
Earlier today, Lufthansa Pilots ratified a proposal that will put to end a long running labor dispute between Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) and the Airline.
The new deal, approved by 80% of LH’s pilots, is in place through June 2022 and addresses most issues that led to the myriad of strikes that affected passengers over the last couple of years. Most of the discord between pilots and Lufthansa had been pension plans for pilots before they reach full retirement age and job security for existing pilots.
Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo, and Eurowing pilots will receive a 10.2 percent raise in increments between now and June 2022 as well as an immediate bonus of 1.8 months worth of salary.
The deal also includes guarantees that Lufthansa will operate a minimum of aircraft between now and the deal’s expiration in 2022, along with an agreement for collective bargaining for future negotiations. Specifically, 325 aircraft need to be in service that are piloted by LH, LH Cargo, or Germanwings pilots.
For pilots, they also agreed to migrate their retirement plan from a defined benefit program to a defined contribution program, which reduces the stress on Lufthansa as far as funding retirement plans is concerned.
So it looks like we can fly the crane for the next 4.5 years without worrying about any flights being cancelled due to strike actions by the pilots.