Swiss launched their late Spring fare sale with attractive pricing to most of their European destinations. By far the best deals are found for flights out of Boston or New York, where $480-$550 can get you to Paris and other ‘Western’ European cities. Fares to the rest of Europe from the East Coast range in the $550-$650 range.
From Chicago, expect to pay about $100 more than the East Coast fares to get to the same destinations. From the West Coast, you can get to Greece, Budapest and other cities for as low $720.
As usual, SWISS is fairly cryptic with the terms and conditions for the fares, and the website is not helpful as far as navigating multiple options without needing to reset the page each time to a certain departure city. What I was able to gather was that the fares are valid for travel between April 7 and June 5, with weekend surcharges if flying on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays.
As a reminder, SWISS is still running their Spring Business Class fare sale with prices starting at $2500 from the East Coast to most of Europe. You can find more details here.
SWISS has launched their Business Class fare sale between the USA and Europe that covers travel between May and August.
Most fares from the East Coast begin in the upper $2000 range and work their way up into the low $3000 area. Fares from the West Coast range between $3500 and the low $4000 area.
As is typical with SWISS, they do not publish any of the terms or conditions of the fares in any obvious place, so it’s hard to tell how long the fares will be available and what other conditions may exist.
Your best bet is to use something like ITA Matrix or Google Flights to see their fares illustrated in months vs. just days if you search via SWISS.com. What I did see was the fact that the best fares were available when traveling on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
Lufthansa Business Class fares start from $2500 for travel between the USA and Europe this Spring and into the early Summer.
The best fares are from the East Coast where you’ll find New York to Dusseldorf or Philly to Frankfurt for only $2500. Most other East Coast fares range between $2700 to $3000.
From the West Coast, you can fly between San Francisco and London for only $3100, making it perhaps the best deal as far as ‘cents per miles’ are concerned. Other West Coast fares range between $3300 and $4000.
From the Mid West, you’ll find the best deals out of Detroit, where you can find fares to most of Europe in the high $2000 / low $3000 range.
Departures need to take place between April 25 and June 30, 2017 while return travel must be completed by June 30, 2018. Tickets need to be purchased 10 days prior to departure.
The fare sale runs through March 30.
In what was not exactly a surprise, Lufthansa took the opportunity at last week’s ITB travel show in Berlin to confirm that a new long haul Business Class product is coming for 2020. Why 2020? It’s because 2020 is when LH plans to introduce Boeing’s new 777X to their fleet.
What makes this announcement different from past Lufthansa cabin announcements is that the new Business Class seat will be ‘standardized’ across Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian. In other words, each of these carriers will share the same exact seat in their respective Business Cabin. At this point, no decision has been made on Brussels, but in my opinion since Brussels is being melded into Eurowings, it may not enjoy the same cabin as the other carriers within LH Group.
The reason for the standardized Business Class is simple. It is much easier to develop one seating system, and more cost effective to install and maintain that one system.
No specific details of the seat have been revealed other than it will be a very ‘digitized seat’ in that passengers will have complete control of their seat through their ‘smart’ device. This control will extend to the control of seat position, lighting, and of course the IFE system.
The one concern that I have with the announcement has to do with verbiage from Lufthansa. It is suggested that the seat HAS been developed instead of WILL BE developed. Hopefully this doesn’t mean that the seat will already be obsolete by the time it is introduced. This has happened in the past, so hopefully lessons have been learned.
Also, in my opinion, based on what I have heard from Lufthansa and others in the know while I was in Munich a few weeks ago, it appears that this Business Class cabin upgrade may also go a long way in reducing, if not eliminating the First Class cabin from Lufthansa’s DNA. With no plans for a First Class cabin for the 777X, and the new A350s also being without a First Class cabin, the writing is clearly on the wall.
SWISS has launched their Spring Business Fare Sale to Europe with fares starting in the $2500 range. The best prices can be found from US Eastern gateways such as Boston, New York, and Washington. As you move into the midwest, fares from Chicago start in the $2800 range and from the west coast, it will only take $3100 to get to Europe.
The lowest fares are to destinations in Switzerland, Spain, or Italy, but the sale does apply to all of SWISS’ European destinations.
The fare calendar suggests that all travel needs to take place with April. For some reason the link to the fare terms and conditions that SWISS has provided on their site reflect a fare sale from December.