Lufthansa and SWISS 241 deals in Business and First Class, bookable to 3rd September

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SWISS and Lufthansa are currently running some EXCELLENT First Class and Business Class ‘2-4-1’ deals.  Unlike some fare deals we write about, these are for departures from the UK so you don’t need to position yourself somewhere in Europe first.

Even better for those who live outside London, you can also book these deals from UK regional airports served by SWISS or Lufthansa.

But some people have had trouble booking them ….

I will run over the deals again in a second.  However, I need to explain the rather stupid way that the Lufthansa and SWISS booking engines work in relation to this offer.

The special booking link is VERY badly designed.  If there are no 241 seats available on the date you input, you are taken back to the booking page.  No explanation, nothing.

You probably think that the booking site is broken.  It isn’t.  It simply means that seats are not available.

How can I find dates where seats are available?

If you’re having trouble finding dates (and some destinations are worse than others – Buenos Aires is virtually impossible in First Class) then this is what you need to do.

Use the main Lufthansa or SWISS booking page (ie here for Lufthansa and here for SWISS) and search for two seats at FULL price.

You are looking for dates where the cost per seat is TWICE the price I quote below, because that is the 241 price, but no higher.

For Lufthansa First Class from London to Buenos Aires, for example, you need to find date pairs where the main booking home page quotes you (£2498 x 2) £4999 per seat.  This is very tough – on most dates, Lufthansa wants a whopping £9,000 for a First Class seat from London to Buenos Aires.

As of 9pm last night, 30th April to 20th May worked.  You can see two seats available at £4,999 each.

When you have found a date pair that works at full price, go back to the 241 link I give you below.  Type in the date there and – voila – it will work properly and it will show you the 241 price.

(For those who understand these things, in First Class it only works when Lufthansa has filed two ‘A’ class seats for both the outbound and return legs between the UK and your destination.)

Business Class deals

Here are the Business Class deals.  These are return prices per person from London BUT based on two people travelling.

Lufthansa A350 business class

With Lufthansa, you can depart from London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester.  You can book these deals here.

  • Abuja £1,250
  • Almaty £999
  • Astana £999
  • Bangkok £1,250
  • Beijing £1,500
  • Bengaluru £999
  • Bogota £1,500
  • Chengdu £1,350
  • Chennai £999
  • Dar es Salaam £999
  • Delhi £999
  • Guangzhou £1,350
  • Hong Kong £1,250
  • Lagos £999
  • Luanda £999
  • Mumbai £999
  • Nairobi £999
  • Port Harcourt £999
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,500
  • Sao Paulo £1,500
  • Shanghai £1,350

Lufthansa is 100% fully flat in business class, although not everyone is a fan of the current seat layout which means that both of you are sharing a footrest, albeit with a divider.  The A350 cabin is pictured above.  SWISS is better in this regard as the seats are not angled towards your neighbour.

That said …. as these are 2-4-1 deals it is highly likely that your neighbour will be your companion!

Swiss business class

Here are your options flying in SWISS Business Class, photo above.  You can see an availability calendar here from London on the SWISS website:

  • Bangkok £1,250
  • Beijing £1,500
  • Dar es Salaam £999
  • Delhi £999
  • Hong Kong £1,250
  • Mumbai £999
  • Nairobi £999
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,499
  • Sao Paulo £1,499
  • Shanghai £1,350

Swiss business class

First Class deals

Lufthansa’s First Class seat may not look so special, but it is a genuinely special experience, especially for lovers of premium lounges, chauffeur driven plane transfers and caviar:

These are the Lufthansa First Class deals per person, based on two travelling – you can check availability online here:

  • Beijing £1,999
  • Bogota £1,999
  • Buenos Aires £2,499
  • Bengalaru £1,499
  • Chengdu £1,750
  • Delhi £1,499
  • Guangzhou £1,750
  • Hong Kong £1,999
  • Johannesburg £2,499
  • Mumbai £1,499
  • Nairobi £1,499
  • Sao Paulo £1,999
  • Shanghai £1,749

Here are the SWISS First Class deals – see London departures on the SWISS website here:

  • Beijing £1,999
  • Dar es Salaam £1,499
  • Delhi £1,499
  • Hong Kong £1,999
  • Johannesburg £2,499
  • Mumbai £1,499
  • Nairobi £1,499
  • Sao Paulo £1,999
  • Shanghai £1,749

Swiss First Class

Here are the rules:

  • Book by 3rd September via the special links
  • Two people must travel together
  • Travel at ANY point – subject to availability – until 31st July 2019 (until 30th June 2019 for China)
  • Must stay a Saturday night and the maximum stay is three months

Lufthansa is, perhaps, the most civilised First Class experience there is.   Here is the review of my Lufthansa First Class flight last year.  And, of course, the First Class Terminal – yes, a whole terminal – in Frankfurt where you get driven to the steps of your plane is something everyone should try once.

SWISS offers an excellent First Class and Business Class service.   We are NOT talking Emirates or Etihad style private suites, by any means, but you get a good quality seat, good food and drink and a very attentive crew.  It is a very civilised experience.

I flew SWISS First Class earlier this year, although I didn’t review it for the site, and it was as impressive as usual, albeit I put it a notch below Lufthansa First Class as the food is not as outstanding.  I also have a SWISS Business Class flight booked for October for me and my family.  Here is an older review of SWISS First Class I did.

SWISS and Lufthansa are both part of Lufthansa’s Miles & More loyalty scheme, although you can of course credit your flight to any other Star Alliance programme.

How to book

For SWISS, here are the special booking pages where you can also see availability calendars:

Heathrow – Business Class – click here

Birmingham – Business Class – click here

Manchester – Business Class – click here

Edinburgh – Business Class – click here

Heathrow – First Class – click here

Birmingham – First Class – click here

Manchester – First Class – click here

Edinburgh – First Class – click here

For Lufthansa:

all of the Business Class deals for London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester can be found here

and all of the First Class deals are here

There are some genuinely excellent deals here especially if you live outside London and especially because of the long travel period.  Take a serious look.  If you have had trouble booking so far, try again using my tips above.

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Comments

  1. My daughter has just used this offer to book first class returns to Dar es Salam at a fantastic price on Swiss . Silly thing is they live in Zurich so they’ll have to fly back Dar es Salam – Zurich – London , and then Book another flight back to Zurich . But worth it for the great price and they get to go on safari !

    • Stuart P says:

      Or they could travel hand baggage only, ditch the zur – lhr flight on the return and book a cheap one-way to London to start the trip.

  2. I was actually able to book these flights using Expedia so it is possible to book through an OTA like that. I found the itinerary on Kayak and then clicked through to Expedia. I was able to do an open-jaw booking this way, LHR – FRA – PEK / HKG – ZRH – LHR with a 6 hours layover in Frankfurt and a 15 hour daytime layover in Zurich on the return.

    It took some searching, but I’m happy with the itinerary and am looking forward to flying both LH and LX first on the 747-8 and 777-300ER, respectively.

  3. I had no problem booking SWISS biz LHR-ZRH-HKG though the app/mobile site. Some flights on my dates were showing business promo fares half the price of the normal fares showing for other flights. I didn’t bother checking this was definitely 2-4-1 pricing though (by searching for flights for one). Came in at
    £1265 each, so just above the £1250 list price but I assume that would be a “from” price anyway.

    • Oh, and my return is in August next year, so after the official end of the offer.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Trying to book Lufthansa via the link on mobile, for 2 adults + 2 children, and the site restricts the number of children to 0 or 1. Seems it can only take booking for 2 people at any one time. Will need to try the desktop version later to see if it works.

  5. RussellH says:

    Having booked this offer, I am now trying to get my head around the miles options for the flights. As we are both M+M members, these are linked to the booking.
    But as I understand it, as the booking was made direct with LH and ticketed by LH, we only get 4 miles per €1 paid, with no bonuses for First or business. Imediately after the booking process was completed, there was a figure of around 6000 to 6500 on screen as the number of miles that would be earned for the whole journey, which given that FRA-HKG is 5699 miles, does not seem generous.
    I have been looking at Where to credit, and some of the other Star All airlines look more generous for the booking classes in question (P outward + A then J inward), though neither of us has any miles with any other Star All airline..
    But if we were to credit to, say SAS or United, would we then actually get enough miles that we could redeem them for something useful?
    We would be grateful for any thoughts

    • Russell – in case this reply isn’t too late. The only Star Alliance frequent flyer programme I am at all familiar with is United.

      From their web-site (choose Mileageplus, then earn award miles, then airline partners) you should earn 200% of the miles flown in A (business) and J (first) and 100% in P (deep discount business). So about 17,000 miles for just FRA – HKG round-trip.

      As you have guessed, this doesn’t go all that far. Unfortunately don’t offer household accounts, so you can’t pool miles. They expire after 18 months, but stay active if you can add just 1 mile, e.g. from a hotel stay. Their one-way awards within Europe (presumably on Star Alliance airlines) are 8,000 miles for economy < 800 miles and 15,000 miles for economy otherwise. Business is higher – 25,000 miles one-way. I have not idea how this compares to Miles & More. Their fees/taxes etc. are typically very low, for trans-Atlantic and trans-Pacific flights anyway

      • RussellH says:

        Not too late, Lyn, no. Thanks for the thoughts. I look into this. I am quite happy to use miles on short haul flights in Europe. Star Alliance flights are not always ex London!

        • Russell, that is good, although I have just taken a quick look at their European flights and was very surprised at how much the taxes etc. are from London to, say, Copenhagen or Frankfurt, which are within the 8,000 award miles limit. They are as high as I would expect for United Transatlantic or Trans-Pacific awards. So perhaps best use for one-ways back to the UK – e.g. Copenhagen to London rather than the other way round has much lower costs. Or as you say from other airports than London.

          I was also surprised to see that Air Lingus was one of their redemption partners. It’s certainly worth looking to make sure there is something useful before committing to earning United miles. At least you can search for a month at a time once you have checked their partners to see which ones might be of interest.

          Hope you really enjoy your Lufthansa flights!

  6. Anthony says:

    When I click through to the LH First Class offers page it says that the last day to purchase is 3rd September, whereas the article states 15th September!

  7. i think you could also find availability with ita matrix. it will show a whole month worth of availability in one go. for first class at the offer price you need to force the booking class to be “A” with “f bc=a” in the extension code field. and in the routing code you would have “lh+”

  8. I’d love to know if it is possible to price to EZE in business class, so far my (very basic)) attempts have not yielded any results. 🙁 Have only looked at late feb/march/april for 13 nights, and I know EZE is not listed as a destination, but was hopeful!

  9. Happy to report that I have just booked two first class returns to Mumbai with this offer.
    There seemed to be reasonable availability in business and first if you were prepared to flex dates a little.

    I found a easier way to check availability by using the sliders above fares, when you get one.

    Perhaps worth posting again for those that missed it?

  10. Wow, LH IT is starting to make BA look good. Can’t find any calendar view to show real availability on BHX-JNB in First at £4999. I can find “Saver Plus” dates in LH F from FRA-JNB JNB-FRA but those still don’t translate into the advertised pricing ex-BHX.
    You can’t even do +/- 1 day … no wonder their F terminal is exclusive!!

  11. Doea anybody have any advice on where best to book these now? I can find the fights I want on ITA Matrix (open jaw lift LH outbound and LX inbound) but can’t find where to book them as Lufthansa promotion website doesn’t allow an open jaw option.

    Thanks

  12. Apparently Lufthansa doesn’t fly to Almaty or Astana so the offer doesn’t apply!

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