SWISS and Lufthansa have launched some fantastic First and business class fares from Italy. Unfortunately, these are companion fares which require two people to travel – bad luck if you are a solo traveller.
From Milan, the best fares in business class are (per person):
Hong Kong €1180
Sao Paolo €1200
Flights from Europe to Singapore for less than £1000 in business class are, frankly, a steal. The caveat is that these fares are from Italian starting points, so you must position yourself there first. You will also be connecting in Switzerland or Germany, so it will be a long day.
(The full list of starting points is Ancona, Bologna, Bari, Cagliari, Catania, Rome, Florence, Genoa, Milan (Linate & Malpensa), Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rimini, Lamezia Terme, Turin, Trieste, Venice and Verona.)
These fares are widely available. You can virtually take your pick from dates between May and August 2020, and in theory they are available from 21st October 2019.
First Class is on offer as well. You’ll find (per person):
Hong Kong €2780
There is slightly less availability on these First Class fares, although you can find them from May until August 2020.
You must book by 3rd November and stay for at least six nights. You can see our review of SWISS business class here, Lufthansa business class review here and our review of First Class on Lufthansa as well as a review of SWISS First Class, too.
Rob recommends Lufthansa First Class over SWISS – because of the excellent food and service (the seat is nothing special) and because of the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt where you get driven to your plane. For business class he leans towards SWISS although, as these are companion fares, the main problem with Lufthsansa – having to play footsie with your neighbour on the shared footrest – is less of a concern!
You can’t earn Avios from these flights as both airlines are in Star Alliance, not oneworld. Our article from yesterday on how to earn Star Alliance miles from credit cards will give you a few tips on topping up what you will earn.
If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency. This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
You must book from this page of the Italian Lufthansa site (or its SWISS equivalent) – it doesn’t work from the UK or German site.