Sale time – Etihad business class, Virgin West Coast and a rare SWISS First Class offer
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The rush of Summer sales continues – here are the picks of the last couple of days:
Etihad business class sale from the UK
Etihad has launched a week-long business class sale out of the UK. I rate Etihad VERY highly indeed and, if pushed, I would say that the Business Class Studio on the A380 is the best business class product on the market.
I reviewed Etihad’s Business Class Studio here and there is a special website on their A380 business class service here.
The list of deals can be found here. Abu Dhabi is as low as £1,175 return out of Heathrow. Asian destinations are around £1,600 whilst Australasia is around £2,500ish.
Remember that Etihad also flies from Manchester and Edinburgh. You must book by 11th July.
Flights from Paris appear to be around 20% cheaper but this may not justify the cost of getting there and back. You also need to keep an eye on what aircraft you will be using.
Virgin Trains West Coast sale now on
Virgin Trains is running a short West Coast sale which expires tomorrow, Thursday.
You need to travel between 23rd July and 4th September. Tickets are available in both classes, with lead-in fares of £10 between Manchester and London and £14 between Glasgow and London.
Full details are available here. Remember that you can also earn Virgin Flying Club miles or Nectar points with your booking if you use the official website.
Amazing £1,900 SWISS First Class sale to Seattle / Chicago
Courtesy of Flyertalk I noticed this interesting SWISS First Class fare.
SWISS First is a very good product. This is my review of SWISS First – the food, I think, remains the best I have had in First Class.
You can’t even redeem for SWISS First these days. Availability is only made available to Miles & More elite status members and even then it is on a request basis. I won’t be flying it again in the near future, that’s for sure.
For around £1,900 you can fly from London City to Seattle. You will be changing in San Francisco to United. Flights to Chicago, which do not require a United connection, are £2,000. This is an exceptional deal for such a high quality experience.
You need to book by 11th July and travel outbound before 31st August or over Thanksgiving (22nd – 29th November) or next Easter (19th March to 3rd April).
It is bookable on the Swiss website. Be 100% certain that you book a SWISS flight code. Do NOT book a United codeshare for the long-haul because SWISS will refuse to give you access to their First Class lounge in Zurich. This is one of the more bizarre rules in the frequent flyer world and one which presumably leads to major disputes at the entrance of the lounge daily.