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Good Lufthansa / SWISS Business Class flight deals to Asia and Africa

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Lufthansa and SWISS are offering some good Business Class fares from the UK to Asia for the next few days.

You need to book by 18th November.  A minimum stay of six days is required.  With a few exceptions for the Africa deals, you can book up to a year ahead.

You can depart from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh or Glasgow.  You will be changing planes in Germany or Switzerland.  I also saw the occasional option on Austrian via Vienna.

Lufthansa SWISS sale to Asia

Headline prices are:

  • Hong Kong £1699 Business, £599 Premium Economy (in reality you can find fares for £1399)
  • Shanghai £1499 Business, £589 Premium Economy
  • Beijing £1699 Business, £649 Premium Economy
  • Mauritius £1799 Business, £999 Premium Economy
  • Addis Ababa £1349 Business, £549 Premium Economy
  • Delhi £1199 Business, £662 Premium Economy
  • Nairobi £1399 Business, £704 Premium Economy

The Lufthansa home page is here and the SWISS page is here.  Either site will show prices across Lufthansa, SWISS and Austrian.

I reviewed Lufthansa’s current Business Class seat recently – see here.  If you are travelling on your own, I would suggest using SWISS if you can because they have a lot of solo seats whilst Lufthansa is 2 x 2 x 2 throughout.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

Comments (123)

  • The Original Nick says:

    O:T, Has anyone had any luck self referring from the new PRG CC to any other Amex card?

  • whyalwaysme says:

    O/T: Any recommendations for best taxi service from JFK to Times Square? Ideally need to book in advance for family. Thanks!

  • Andrew says:

    Anyone else get the email from Radisson about yet another data breach?

    This time it sounds like an insider:-

    “On October 1, 2018, Radisson Rewards identified a data security incident that occurred on September 11, 2018, impacting a small percentage of our Radisson Rewards® members. This data security incident did not compromise any credit card or password information. Our ongoing investigation has determined that the information accessed was restricted to member name, address (including country of residence), email address, and in some cases, company name, phone number, Radisson Rewards member number and any frequent flyer numbers on file.

    We are writing to inform you that your account was one of the member accounts impacted by this incident. Upon identifying this issue Radisson Rewards immediately revoked access to the unauthorized person(s). All impacted member accounts have been secured, and flagged to monitor for any potential unauthorized behavior.”

  • sunguy says:

    The problem with the Heathrow express is that it is about to become irrelevant – once crossrail finally opens…..

    At the moment, the ex-Heathrow Connect is now part of TFL running as TFL Rail – and is included in the London Z1-6 travelcard……for the extra 15mins journeytime – its “free”…….leaves from the same station and once the Elizabeth line trains are running on the route, will be just as comfy if not moreso than the current HEX trains!

    • Genghis says:

      I don’t think more comfortable. I rode the new rolling stock out to Romford a couple of months ago.

  • Adrian says:

    Rob, you mentioned yesterday about the upcoming Creation Marriott Card, does that mean you have news even if you can’t yet share it?

  • Anon says:

    Had a poor stay at a Hilton recently (myriad issues with the room) and complained – Front of House manager Responded promptly and mentioned is there anything they can do under their Make it Right policy.

    I’ve never had to complain about a Hilton before, and am unsure about what to ask for. Is there a standard bit of compensation they offer in terms of HH points?

    • Sanya says:

      I have been given between 10-20k previously for service complaints. This was via the Hilton Honors customer care rather than the hotel directly though.

    • Andrew says:

      Got 60,000 for a 3 night stay in brand new Hilton where things just kept going wrong.

      We booked a double double, but they had run out at point of check in, so got a double + sofa bed.
      They ran out of bed linen, so we had to split the pillows between the bed and the sofa bed and use the spare blanket from the cupboard.
      The TV was still in a box in the room so we had to put that together ourselves.
      The minibar/fridge was still in a box in the room, the planned contents in a separate plastic box.
      The shower head and hose were also still in their boxes in the bathroom.
      Decorator’s plastic bags were still on the smoke detector and sprinkler
      No loo roll
      No coffee machine, but coffee and cups were there.

      Day 2, the cleaners didn’t clear away the empty fridge and TV boxes, but stripped the sofa bed without leaving replacement linen.
      We got a coffee machine, but the coffee and cups were taken away.

      We weren’t angry, it was just so silly we couldn’t stop laughing the whole time…

      • Anon says:

        Wow, mine wasn’t that bad!

        We had the bathroom door lock broken (so you were locked inside the bathroom unless someone was able to push it open from outside). The air conditioning / heating unit was ridiculously loud and useless (filter needed changing as well). Front door to room stuck and was really difficult to open (had to put a lot of shoulder into it).

        And then it was just generally a bit grimy, carpet didn’t look clean etc. It was also a 3 night stay and we complained during the actual stay, hotel tried to do running repairs but ended up just saying they didn’t have parts and to not lock the bathroom door…

    • Jovanna says:

      I discovered a large lump of smelly cheese in the fridge in my room at the Hilton Tower Bridge that somebody had left. It was fresh but not the sort of thing you want competing with your feet in a hotel room. One of the electrical sockets was hanging off the wall. The facia had cracked causing it to fall and hang down, exposing the lice wires. I didn’t fancy touching that in the dark so I went to reception to complain.

      I was given keys for another room. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the keys to work so I popped up to the lounge and had them re-programmed. When I got back to the room there was another couple in there. They’d just arrived, so I didn’t walk in on anything embarrassing.

      Back down to reception and the duty manager found me another room. This time the room had a birthday card in it, some balloons and 3 cupcakes. The duty manager removed the card and balloons but said I could have the cupcakes for my inconvenience. He also gave me his business card and said to contact him the next time I stayed there ‘to make things right’. I also received 5k of points in to my account.

      I’ve not yet returned.

  • Callum says:

    “But, apart from a couple of very tightly targeted trials, there has never been an incentive to sign up.”

    I assume they discovered that they don’t really work.

  • Brian says:

    OT – Hilton seems to have launched a sale. I’ve been tracking a couple of hotels and prices have actually gone down in one or two of them.

    • BJ says:

      Now we can start believing in miracles 🙂

    • Allan says:

      Yes you are right. I booked a night 2 days ago and its dropped by £17 in December. Very annoying.

      • Brian says:

        Contact the hotel directly. In my experience they will generally agree to match the new price, or at least give you a credit for the difference to use during your stay.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      Just booked 4 rooms for next Feb. Saved about £50 per night on each. Plus a saving of £1.5k in total as someone else was about to book another place because it was cooler.