For those of you who have yet to decide how or where you’ll spend Christmas this year, SWISS gives you compelling options.
SWISS is currently holding fare specials for Business and First Class from the USA to most of their destinations throughout Europe.
Pricing is attractive!
For example you can fly SWISS Business for only $2050 between NYC and Venice or Barcelona. From Chicago the fare moves up to only $2300-$2700 for most European destinations.
For those of you compelled to spoil yourself and fly in First Class (read about my experiences), you can fly from New York to most of Europe for under $5000, and between $5000 and $6000 from most of SWISS’ other USA gateways. To push you over the edge, here’s look at their fantastic First Class Lounge that opened earlier this year in Zurich.
Economy fares are also attractive, but not as compelling as the premium cabin options!
The travel period for these specials is restricted to the last 2 weeks of December, but what a perfect time to get to Europe to enjoy the fantastic Christmas markets……
Lufthansa has launched a Business Class fare sale that has very attractive pricing between New York and a number of European destinations.
For example, New York to Istanbul can be had for only $2,400. New York to most of Germany is pricing between $2300 and $3000. Unfortunately not every major LH destination in Europe is part of this sale, nor is any other USA Gateway as far as I can tell. But I didn’t have time to search out every US Gateway.
The terms of the fare sale are confusing this time as well. In the detailed terms and conditions, it says travel has to start December 18 and a 28 day advance purchase is required. However I was able to find the $2400-$2500 fares available beginning in mid November. The return period also is generous as these low fares. Lufthansa’s terms and conditions state return travel needs to be completed by July 2017, but I found the low fares available all the way to the end of September which is as far out as possible that you can book a flight at this point.
So I don’t know if this is a fare error or not, but the pricing is not matching the terms and restrictions at this point. It looks like you can book a very attractive Business Class seat to parts of Europe almost a year out for a great price. Take advantage!
SWISS is running a Business Class fare sale between the US and Europe for travel between late November and early January. Well timed for the Holiday Market season throughout Europe.
Fares from the East Coast start in the $2700 range. From the West Coast, you can fly between LAX and Copenhagen for $3000. Otherwise most West Coast fares run in the mid to upper $3000 range.
Prices have been better in past years but these are still fairly attractive considering the product that you’ll experience while aboard SWISS aircraft.
The fares are valid for travel between November 19 and 25, and between December 12 and 31, though there were pockets of eligible return dates all the way to January 3. SWISS never clearly lays out their fare sale rules and conditions so sometimes it involves a bit of guess work in sorting out the details. What I did find out through trial and error is that a Saturday night stay is required, and a weekend surcharge will be applied for flights taking place between Thursdays and Sundays.
Austrian has announced that they will be replacing their Amenity Kits for long haul travel in Business Class.
The new kits should be in circulation by now and have 3 versions. For passengers departing Vienna, they will be given a small pouch with the typical amenity kit items inside. This kit is somewhat similar to the current kit.
For travelers heading to Vienna, they will receive a larger bag that can double as a shoe bag or a pouch for your cables, chargers, etc.
On certain flights an additional small rucksack will be given to passengers as well.
The cosmetic components of the kit are produced by ‘Edition Edelweiss’.
The 3 new versions of Austrian’s Business Class Amenity Kits
Austrian has launched a deeply discounted fare for flights between Chicago or Washington and Hong Kong for only $2500! Miami – Hong Kong can be had for $2800. The fares seem to valid beginning in September and availability runs well into 2017. For those to whom it’s important, these are ‘P’ fares. Of course, these flights from the US connect through Vienna.
Not sure if these are error fares or if they will only last for a short while. So if you see something you like, book it. It may not be there tomorrow!
Austrian’s website can be quite challenging when trying to find inventory so I suggest that you use something like Google.com/flights to help you track down availability for this fare.
H/T: FlyerTalk’s NewbieRunner