Bits: £1000 SWISS fare to Rio / Beijing / Bangkok, Good To Go discount, Norwegian family accounts

News in brief:

Excellent SWISS fares from Brussels for two people

SWISS is offering excellent business class fares from Brussels to Rio, Bangkok and Beijing – €1,195 (£1,040) – when two people travel.

Beijing and Bangkok are operated by SWISS so there are no problems there.  You get the fantastic Swiss business class seat, photo below, and service.

There is a snag with Rio, where the long-haul sector is on its ‘leisure’ arm Edelweiss Air.  You can learn about the Edelweiss business class product here, which looks perfectly OK.  You will earn Star Alliance miles for the flight but these may not be status qualifying – you’d need to check.

You need to book by 22nd June for travel between 1st July and 15th January 2018.  There is no guarantee that the fare is available on every flight but I had no trouble getting it to price.

You need to use the Swiss website here and book for two people starting in Brussels.  Hat-tip to Flyertalk.

Swiss Business

Good To Go Parking sale

Good To Go Parking is the ‘secret’ own-label parking company set up by Heathrow Airport Parking.

We explained how Good To Go Parking works in this article.  As long as you stay over a Saturday night, Good To Go lets you book the official Heathrow car parks for not much more than you’d pay for offsite parking – and a lot less than you’d pay via Heathrow Airport Parking.

For bookings made by 18th June, for parking which begins between 6th June and 19th July, Good To Go is offering a 10% discount.  You need to use promo code FLYAWAY on their main website.  Discounted rates are subject to availability.


Norwegian Reward Family Accounts

Norwegian Rewards has launched a new feature.

From now on you can create a family account to combine the CashPoints of up to 7 accounts.

Similar to the family accounts, Norwegian Rewards family accounts merge the balances of each individual account. Only members appointed by the head of household can redeem points for a discount on a future flight.

Earned rewards are not shared accross the family account members and stay your personal benefits.

This looks like a valuable new feature, especially if you only take occasional family trips on Norwegian.  This allows you to use the cash balance you’ve built up from those trips to claim a discount on a trip just for yourself.  The page to sign up is here. Our Avios Redemption University article about and BA household accounts is here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. OT – but anyone caught up in the 27/5 fiasco and subsequently rebooked notice anything strange happen overnight on their BAEC account?

  2. Asher says:

    With the Swiss sale can I fly into Beijing and out of Bangkok?


    • Only way to check – apart from ploughing through the fare rules – is to give it a try on the Swiss site …..

  3. Ben E says:

    I ended up on the Edelweiss Rio to Zurich flight a few weeks ago when my internal Brazil flight ended up in the wrong city… it’s a really nice product, and the seat was far more comfy than the virgin upper class product which I took the week after.

    Annoyingly, however, Aegean or Turkish won’t credit the flight for me because, despite having a Swiss flight number, it’s not operated by Swiss.

  4. Czechoslovakia says:

    Flown LX380 when operated by Edelweiss and that fully qualified.

  5. Not sure if it has been reported by some OTAs are offering LHR-BKK on GF for just a shade over £1k in late August.

    • aviator says:

      which website?/airline?

      • GF = Gulf Air
        Sample date of 16th-23rd August.
        Cheapest is Crystal Travel at £1071; Expedia is £1127.

        Might not be quite as good as LX but saves a schlep out to Brussels on the way…

        • Fenny says:

          Even better if it’s not tied to 2 flying together.

        • While since I flew them but indeed it wasn’t dry then and subsequent trip reports I’ve seen suggest it isn’t now, either. Happy for guidance as that sort of fate for 2018 appeals a lot!

    • Gavin says:

      Dry airline I think?

  6. Hilton are also running a 40% discount in their China Summer Sale so this makes the Swiss flights even more attractive.

    • First (777) looks really nice. May take a punt if I can get the ever lovely Mr Cate to take more time off…

  7. Brussels to Bangkok
    I can’t seem to find this offer in Oct & Nov, routing through Zurich right? Doesn’t seem to be a direct flight.

    • It certainly wouldn’t be a direct flight as it’s Swiss, JPH. Great price but for my wife and I would mean LHR/LGW to BRU, change, next stop ZRH, change for direct to BKK.

      The good lady wife would never forgive me, ever.

      • Polly says:

        Tony, yes she would forgive you! Once she’s settled into the lounges with glass of champagne in hand, all is forgiven. As for when she tucked up in that cosy flat bed, she will decide it’s the only way to fly… Then the pressure will be on to keep up those standards!

        • Genghis says:

          When I suggested yesterday that Mrs G flies in Y to visit me on a NYC work trip, she wasn’t too happy. “I only travel in business now”. We’ve agreed on an IB / EI flight now in J but what a monster I have created!

  8. James says:

    How does Swiss business compare to Finnair business ? For dates I’m after their prices are similar (Finnair marginally cheaper).

    Looking for 3 adult seats to BKK for a month or so in Dec/Jan.

    Usually fly Qatar. Will be a shame to lose QPoints & my Platinum benefits for the flights but seems a good move at the moment !!

    • If price is similar then would choose on schedule and whether I want oneworld or star miles/status credits.

      AY departs BKK at 0900, hard to get to airport so early, but you could get home in the evening, also it’s an A350.

      LX arrives ZRH 1900 which means a hotel in BRU.

      • LX use 77W new J seats on this route, which is slightly better than the 350 used by AY/CX

  9. OT bits – VS Clubhouse offer is definitely still on! Just successfully applied for Black card (32k, no minimum spend), also on offer is the free White card (12k, no minimum spend). Nice printed brochures on both offers laying out the details and when you’ll receive points, with helpline to call if any issues. Mentioned at lounge entry that it was my first time in the Clubhouse – they gave me a nice tour then I asked about the credit card offer and they sent a Clubcard associate over to go through it with me. Also very impressed with the Clubhouse itself so far 🙂

    • PS just found it has a roof garden too! 😀

      • Roof “yard”.

        • Haha I know what you mean, was going with the signage they use though!

          Excellent in flight service, nicely presented food too.

    • Genghis says:

      I thought you were going to apply for both? 🙂

      • Haha well remembered – I did mention this to them but they thought best to separate the applications but gave me the code to do so at a later date 😉

  10. James says:

    Started looking on Matrix at Swiss but spotted some Finnair business (I) flights Bru-HEL-BKK rtn for 1,198 euros. Bunch of dtes in Nov, Dec & Jan. Can’t find them with google flights or finnair website – any ideas ?

    1,198 euros BRU-HEL-BKK

    Itinerary details
    Brussels (BRU) to Bangkok (BKK) — Fri, Jan 12
    Long layoverOvernight flight

    Brussels (BRU) to Helsinki (HEL) — Fri, Jan 12
    Finnair 1542
    Dep: 11:40 am
    Arr: 3:15 pm
    2h 35m
    Embraer RJ-190
    Business (I)
    Layover in HEL
    25h 50m

    Helsinki (HEL) to Bangkok (BKK) — Sat, Jan 13
    Finnair 141
    Dep: 5:05 pm
    Arr: 7:25 am
    9h 20m
    Airbus A350
    Business (I)
    Sun, Jan 14
    Bangkok (BKK) to Brussels (BRU) — Sun, Feb 11
    Long layoverOvernight flight

    Bangkok (BKK) to Helsinki (HEL) — Sun, Feb 11
    Finnair 142
    Dep: 9:05 am
    Arr: 2:55 pm
    10h 50m
    Airbus A350
    Business (I)
    Layover in HEL
    16h 50m

    Helsinki (HEL) to Brussels (BRU) — Mon, Feb 12
    Finnair 1541
    Dep: 7:45 am
    Arr: 9:25 am
    2h 40m
    Embraer RJ-190
    Business (I)
    11,866 total miles
    Airport Information
    Brussels Airport (BRU)
    Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International (BKK)
    Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL)
    Cost per passenger (including taxes & fees)
    Total cost for 3 passengers

    • You’ll have to use multi-city because that first layover in HEL is over 24 hours.

      You could spend £600 to fly direct in Y. This would take 18 hours door to door. Or you could spend £1100 + 3 extra hotel nights for 6 flights (of which 2 are proper J) which would take 50 hours door to door.

      I guess it boils down to – do you really want to visit Helsinki in January?

  11. James says:

    I know its not an ideal routing !!

    My elderly parents want to get these booked now and want to avoid the Gulf airlines this time around (have used EK & QR usually). Was tempted by Swiss from BRU too at only a few euros more but went with this instead. We want the overnight stopover in HEL each way due to back problems etc…
    I managed to price it up and book it in the end after lots of searching.
    Thanks for your advice John.