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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 from UK credit cards (February 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • Moe says:

    Need to get me +1 to SE Asia (BKK/HK) early next year but don’t need a return until mid next year. Booking two one ways would be ideal but I get an error understandably. Any idea if I could book a return but change the return date once booked for a fee? LH flagged the tickets as non-changeable but I can’t see the ticket details for SWISS. Thanks.

    • Lady London says:

      I have previously changed return dates and legs on LX. However need to check ticket conditions to see if changeable (if it is, will cost you a chunky ish fee). Also the conditions should tell you if it will also reprice if you change it.. or not. Some tickets do, some don’t. The issue if you change it might be that you can only change it to certain fare classes/same fare class for which you might not be able to find availability on your new dates. You might, or might not, depending on the conditions of the ticket, be able to buy up to a more costly fare class. Some ailrines won’t impose the change fee if you are buying up a class or possibly a fare class.

    • MKB says:

      The fare conditions of the Swiss first-class return I booked yesterday said that changes and cancellation were allowed for the eye-watering fee of £410 per ticket.

      • Rob says:

        A BA First Class sale ticket will come with cancellation fees of 100% ….

      • Moe says:

        Thanks for the input and from Lady. Might be too risky with the high change fees.

      • Roger* says:

        Gosh! I could live with that.

        The T+Cs I found showed 100% non-cancellable and non-changeable, waived for death or visa rejection, neither of which I would hope to apply to me.

  • Derek (McManus) says:

    Does anyone i know if I can use this offer for either one way or open jaw return? Later in the year we are flying to Dubai and returning from Hong Kong 3 weeks later. Ideally we would like to fly to Dubai in First and back from Hong Kong in Business. Is it possible with this offer? Apologises for asking but I am unable to use the airline website at the moment.

    • Lady London says:

      not sure if your jaw is open too wide on that one. I suggest you call them. Open jaw normally possible even on sale fares. It’ll be in the terms and conditions that you will be able to see when purchasing the ticket, some websites/airlines work so you can see these if you click on the fare class, some just list the terms and conditions directly. For a normal person, it’ll be quicker to just call the airline than try to make your way through these.

      • Lady London says:

        * and even if fare conditions allow often an oj has to be booked by calling anyway

    • John says:

      No that won’t work because DXB-HKG (the non-flight segment) is further than LHR-DXB (the shortest flight segment).

    • Stuart says:

      We used their last identical offer to fly into Mumbai and out of Delhi. I called them to do that and it wasn’t an issue at all.

    • Paul says:

      Did open jaw last year on their offer, LHR-ZRH-HKG then SIN-ZRH-LHR, just booked on web site as multi city (actually came back on SIN A380) Did Da Nang on the way down to SIN too…

  • Teresa Reid says:

    Swiss Business Class is the worst I’ve ever flied on and would never recommend to anyone. The space between the seat in front and the barrier between the two seats is only 22cms and you have to wake the person in the outside seat to access the toilet. I would never fly Swiss Air again, unfortunately I am booked to return on 6 May, not looking forward to it.

    • Rob says:

      Surely if you are in the middle block or one of the ‘throne’ seats then you’re not climbing over anyone.

      Just had a quick look at the seat map and only 9 out of 62 seats on a Boeing 777 do not have direct aisle access.

      • Roger* says:

        The A340 used for JNB has several pairs of biz seats which include a window seat.

        Although I could not agee with the poster who claimed that LX biz seats were the worst, these pairs are to be avoided unless a BA-style climbover from the window seat is wanted.

        • John says:

          As you have to travel with someone else on these fares, it shouldn’t be that bad. Unlike BA where you have to climb over a stranger (or sit opposite a stranger if you want to climb over your friend)

  • Michael says:

    241 LHR-HKG with Swiss mid Feb – late April Business £998 each sorted.
    Ignore “offer not available” on link and click through.
    LH site wouldn’t play ball with pretty much any dates and nothing returning after March 20th.
    Swiss good until 20th April poss later.

    • John says:

      It’s not a 241…. or it’s a 241 where the regular price for 1 is £2000

      Still reasonable amounts of LH tickets left in October/November….

  • Andrew Molloy says:

    Is it possible to add an infant to these fares? Tried putting one in on the booking page but says not possible.

    • John says:

      Yes, I just did (on LX). Charges 10% of fare, no YQ and full amount of taxes and fees (APD doesn’t apply though)

  • Aston says:

    Can you do an overnight stay in Germany or Switzerland before the longhaul leg?

    • meta says:

      I’ve seen fares with 15+ hours connections. They might be slightly more expensive. Don’t think longer stopovers are permitted.

    • BlueHorizonUK says:

      You can but not on the website. Need to call or use a travel agent.

    • John says:

      Only 24 hours or less. As most long-hauls depart late at night and return early in the morning, generally the main options are long day stopovers. Should all be the same price as the shortest possible connection unless booking classes on the short-haul have sold out.

  • Raj says:

    Does the offer work with adults and children?

    • Rob says:

      If the kid is over 2 then it should do as it is priced as an adult. Not sure how easy it is to add a baby, either during or after booking.

  • Concerto says:

    These are no good for one ways, right? I’m looking for a one way to Asia, even in economy.

    • Lady London says:

      Just try. I would not be surprised if you see 4x the price for a one way, that you would pay for one person as part of a couple on this offer.

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