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Excellent 2-4-1 First and Business Class flights deals from the UK with Lufthansa and SWISS

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SWISS and Lufthansa have launched 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.

Availability is very good and you can travel until the end of March 2020 – although this misses the Easter weekend as Good Friday 2020 is 10th April.

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

Swiss Boeing 777

This offer ran last year and was hugely popular with HfP readers.  You won’t earn Avios or BA tier points but you WILL get a very classy travel experience at a fantastic price.  You will also earn a pile of Miles & More or other Star Alliance miles which can be a handy alternative to Avios.

If you have Avios tickets booked to any of these destinations, you should do the maths on whether you should cancel (£35 per person fee, all Avios and cash returned) and book one of these deals instead.

Business Class deals

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

Some deals are even cheaper than £999 but these are not always operated on long-haul aircraft.

Lufthansa 2-4-1 UK sale

With Lufthansa, you can depart from London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Manchester with a transfer in Germany.  You can book these deals here.

Remember that you need to search for TWO people to see these fares.

  • Abuja £999
  • Addis Ababa £999
  • Almaty £999
  • Amman £499
  • Astana £999
  • Baku £749
  • Beijing £1,499 (£1,349 from Manchester)
  • Beirut £499
  • Bengaluru £999
  • Bogota £1,250
  • Buenos Aires £1,499
  • Chennai £999
  • Delhi £999
  • Dubai £999
  • Hong Kong £999
  • Jeddah £999
  • Johannesburg £1,499
  • Kuwait £999
  • Lagos £999
  • Mumbai £999
  • Nanjing £1,349
  • Port Harcourt £999
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,250
  • Riyadh £999
  • Sao Paulo £1,500
  • Seoul £1,250
  • Shanghai £1,350
  • Tehran £749

Lufthansa is 100% fully flat in long-haul 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.

Here are your options flying in SWISS Business Class, photo above.  You can see an availability calendar here from London on the SWISS website and availability is very good.  All flights require a transfer in Zurich or Geneva.

  • Bangkok £1,250
  • Beijing £1,500
  • Buenos Aires £1,500
  • Dar es Salaam £999
  • Delhi £999
  • Dubai £999
  • Hong Kong £999
  • Johannesburg £1,499
  • Mumbai £999
  • Nairobi £999
  • Sao Paulo £1,499
  • Shanghai £1,350

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 (£1,750 from Manchester)
  • Bogota £2,499
  • Buenos Aires £2,499
  • Bengalaru £1,499
  • Delhi £1,499
  • Dubai £1,499
  • Hong Kong £2,499
  • Johannesburg £2,499
  • Nanjing £1,749
  • Sao Paulo £2,500
  • Shanghai £1,749

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

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

Here are the rules:

  • Book by 19th May via the special links
  • Two people must travel together
  • Travel at ANY point – subject to availability – from 1st June 2019 until 30th March 2020 (until 14th February 2020 for China)
  • Must stay for six days, including 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 from 2017.  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 again last 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 flew in SWISS Business Class to Dubai last October with my family and it was similarly good, although the seats are showing their age a bit.  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, you can book 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

If you are looking for the best credit card to pay with, American Express Preferred Rewards Gold offers double points on airline spend.  This means that you would earn 2 Membership Rewards points per £1 spent.  Our review of Amex Gold is 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.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (157)

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  • Mikescores says:

    Morning all
    Thanks again Rob – managed to bag three business seats out and three first class back to/from Delhi from London – £1247 each. Don’t know what Swiss is like (see earlier post !!) but at that price ?? Very amused to see economy priced at more than first !!!

  • Joseph Heenan says:

    I managed to get business class returns to Hong Kong (as a way to get to Da Nang in Vietnam) for £2000 total – via Frankfurt on an A340 but given it’s departing from my local airport and similarly priced to economy tickets on my dates I’m not complaining, very good prices. I’d otherwise have done Qatar from Stockholm in their sale, but that was over £1,000 more…

    • Clive says:

      Joseph is this for a holiday? Have you been before? I was looking at Danang as an option too.

      • Leo says:

        Just come back. Anything I can help with? I also went via HKG.

        • Joseph Heenan says:

          Whether it’s a holiday depends who’s asking 😉 A company I work with has offices over there… which I visited for 1 day last year. This trip will be a bit longer than 1 day thankfully!

          Leo, Any hints about Hong Kong? I think I’ll make sure to get at least a day to see Hong Kong on the way back, and I guess it makes sense to do an overnight in Hongkong on the way out so I’ve got a bit of a buffer in cases of delays. I’ve got a lot of IHG points…

          • John says:

            The IC is better than the IC Grand Stanford, but it’s closing for Regent rebrand after Lunar New Year 2020

          • Jon says:

            IC Danang is fantastic (since you mentioned IHG points 🙂

            In HK I actually prefer the Grand Stamford to the main IC, though that may have been because of the construction work that is (or was last time I was there) going on next door to the IC.

      • Clive says:

        Hi Leo,

        Just wondering what it is like as a holiday destination. Good food nightlife any recommendations on hotels?

        Thanks

    • Polly says:

      Very easy hop to Vietnam, we did those routes last year too. Int flight to Han cheap and frequent.

  • Robert Overall says:

    Please confirm that your flights are Abra/atoll members and therefore your flights are covered by their rules.

    Thank you.

    • Lady London says:

      Who?
      Those things normally are relevant to packages (incl flight + hotel, for example).
      This offer is just flights and not by UK airlines (which ABTA and ATOL might be relevant for depending on what they’re offering) – the airlines concerned are based in Switzerland and Germany so not relevant.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    We can’t take advantage of this offer this time but will keep an eye out next year.

    I like that you can depart from LCY. I know this will be a very unpopular choice among fellow readers because of the lack of lounge… but it takes me 30 minutes or less to get there on DLR.

    • Gavin says:

      I’ve booked a return from LCY to HKG. City is closer on the tube/DLR for me vs. LHR and the whole process is much quicker. Lack of lounge is worth it for the speed and convenience! The flights on Swiss cost £1025 each from LCY rather than £999 from LHR.

      • John says:

        I find T2 security speedier and better overall experience than LCY (especially during the LCY morning rush), and the T2 lounges are very good. I’d depart from LHR and return to LCY even if I lived close to LCY, especially due to LCY’s exorbitant departure fees which are the reason for the £26 difference.

        • Mr Entitled says:

          Can the departure fees really be described as exorbitant as a comparable if the difference is just £26?

  • Trevor says:

    Can anyone find dates that show first class Lufthansa to Dubai? I cant find anything other than business cabin.

    • Tom C says:

      Had the same issue – seems they don’t offer it and even if you go through their website on a regular booking, it tries to force you onto Swiss Airlines instead. I ended up booking Swiss, simply as I wanted to get in there before it was gone.

    • XX says:

      Lufthansa don’t have a First class cabin to Dubai..

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Can you top up Revolut directly via Virgin / IHG / Clydesdale bank cards without charge? Also via Curve with these same cards?

  • Urty says:

    Is anybody else failing to find any business class flights to Beirut?

  • Patrycja Coz says:

    I just booked the flights via Opodo, first class Lufthansa out to Delhi and Swiss first class return. From Edinburgh and during New Year (28th of Dec out and back on 10th of Jan). Only £1500 per person. I find that a great offer. Managed to get last two seats and they are now £10k per person.

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