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Exceptional Lufthansa and SWISS companion fares on flights from Italy

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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):

Singapore €1090
Hong Kong €1180
Bangkok €1180
Seoul €1250
Delhi €945
Sao Paolo €1200
Johannesburg €1300

Exceptional Lufthansa / SWISS companion fares from Italy

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):

Bangkok €2150
Shanghai €2170
Singapore €2470
Seoul €2670
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.

Comments (78)

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  • Greenie says:

    Air miles schemes should be axed as they encourage jet-setters to take extra flights in a bid to maintain “privileged traveller status”, according to a report commissioned by the government’s climate change advisers.

    An “escalating Air Miles Levy” should also be introduced to rein in the number of trips taken by frequent flyers without penalising those taking an annual holiday, with the income raised to be invested into low-carbon aviation technology.

    The recommendations, contained in a report commissioned by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), are aimed at restricting the 15% of the UK population it said were responsible for taking 70% of flights. By comparison, half the country does not fly at all in a given year.

    • ChrisC says:

      The number of people doing extra flights over and above their work / holiday flights just to get status is infinitesimally small when taken in toto.

      It’s not as though airlines are operating extra flights just because of tier point runners.

      It could be argued that those that do are already paying extra APD and you should be asking the government what they are doing with that revenue. And the ticket revenue forms part of the airline income that enables them to be able to fund those fuel efficient new planes people are demanding they buy.

      As to the 15/70 we should be looking as those passengers and asking why they need to fly so regularly and what they can do to reduce their flying such as improving the train network.

      I’d have happily taken the train instead of flying from Gatwick next week to Amsterdam but the extra 1 1/2 hours it takes me to get to St Pancras for the Eurostar plus their check in deadline time is simply not feasible no matter how much I like train travel.

      But a very small reduction in passenger numbers won’t automatically lead to a reduction in flights either and some people may just be happy to pay any extra levy because the status benefits are worth it to them..

      And how will they determine who is a status runner and who is a legitimate flyer? Will I have to send HMRC a list of all the flights I’ve taken for them to decide if I’ve taken too many holidays or not?7

      • Crafty says:

        Last point – yes, one of the suggestions going round is a quota or a tax escalator based on number of flights taken. This is because it is not sustainable for everyone to fly, nor for so many flights in total to be taken.

    • TripRep says:

      Greenie – dedicated article on this, join in the fun there.

      The simple answer is to raise APD for all and force governments to spend it on planting trees and building dedicated cycle paths and less polluting modes of transportation for the majority of the public to enjoy.

  • Lee says:

    OT £10 off £30 with BP on all my cards

    • Benylin says:

      I got £5 back on £30 spend on free cash back card

      • Polly says:

        Get 10p/ L off with a Tesco £60 spend. Not bad if filling up.

        • Shoestring says:

          gor 2x £5 off, 1x £10 off – might actually use 2 at the same time as the nearest BP is a bit of a drive

    • Andy says:

      Thanks for pointing this out as I might have missed it otherwise. Some of my friends think I’m crazy to pay for a credit card, but if you use enough of these offers you get it back and more without deviating from normal spending, and then there’s the points on top too.

  • guesswho2000 says:

    OT AwardWallet again – Still have two AW+ free upgrade vouchers if anyone wants them – code is free-i6e5zlmoe4

    Disclaimer – I discovered y’day that for every five of those which get used I do get an extension of my own AW+, so it’s of mutual benefit 🙂

    • Sam says:

      Awesome, cheers!

    • bill says:

      thanks for posting. seems I’m too late.

    • PaulC says:

      What do these codes give you? I have only just recently opened an award wallet account but I dont currently pay anything.

      • Nick M says:

        Award wallet plus – quicker to update balances, and they track expiration dates for you (this is the key benefit for me as the send you a notification a couple of months before the Miles are due to expire, which allows a MR transfer/activity on the account)

  • BJ says:

    I doubt even existing Flying Blue members will get excited. IME it is very difficult to get redemptions to the more popular destinations at rates anywhere close to the pricing suggested by their reward miles calculator. So much so that I’m probably just going to cash out to accor.

  • StevieM says:

    I started working at this hotel – it was The Britannia Intercontinental back then – just shy of my 17th birthday, serving along the way:
    The late, great Dudley Moore, Shirley MacLaine (I made her sign for flowers that the hotel were gifting her, Doh!), Bono, Dan Aykroyd, Eric Clapton, Boy George (in his darkest years), Stevie Wonder and El Debarge (anyone remember him?). The Pine Bar, from recollection, is where the infamous and rather cruel deed of Alexander Litvinenko was (allegedly) carried out (past my time though) and we were subject to many bomb threats being next to the (now defunct) American Embassy (one of which yours truly took over the phone on reception with no training, spreading mass panic in an instant).
    I haven’t been back in 30 years and, as a Hilton Diamond, cannot wait to see what they’ve managed to do with the place

  • sloth says:

    Eurostar Points – i know they expire after 12 months but does adding to them reset the expiry? and if so is adding to them from amex MR sufficient for this? thanks

    • Rob says:

      2 years.

      Rules say ‘2 years without earning a point’ so Amex, Hertz or Accor transfers should be fine.

      Annoyingly I cannot see expiry online so I can’t prove this (my last activity was Amex).

      • sloth says:

        ok thanks Rob, that’s handy as i had in my head it was only a year…im sure i can spend them in the next year…:)

    • AG says:

      Will my Club Eurostar points expire?

      To keep all of your points, you need to earn at least 1 point over the course of two years.

  • R2 says:

    Wheely promo code – As Rob doesn’t have one, can someone furnish me with theirs? Mine is XRUQH. TIA.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      When I need a personal chauffeur service, I book a ride with Wheely. I think you’ll love it too. Enjoy a true executive class service. Install the Wheely app and get 20 % off your first ride using my promo code Y9XJH.

  • Yan says:

    Great price if you could force a SQ on the inbound via ZRH to FCO. Substantially better product than the other options. LX is worth it for the 77W and ZRH E gate F/J lounge. Also works with OS via BBK

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      I nominate this as the most incomprehensible flight-jargon sentence ever. Read that back as a normal person and see how much sense it makes 😀

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