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Excellent 2-4-1 First and Business Class flight deals, from £1100, with SWISS & Lufthansa

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Last weekend we covered a new 2-4-1 deal launched by SWISS and Lufthansa.  The fares were bookable, but the sale seemed to be a secret – no promotion, no landing pages, nothing.

The sale is now ‘on’.   I have re-written and expanded this article based on what we now know.  The deals are great, frankly, if you don’t care about Avios or tier points.

Welcome to the SWISS and Lufthansa 2-4-1 luxury sale

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.

Here are the core pages you need:

SWISS First Class and Business Class 241 availability checker

Lufthansa First Class 241 details

Lufthansa Business Class 241 details

We also have the rules now:

Up to 6 adults can travel per booking (minimum 2)

You must travel by 10th December (31st August for China)

You must book by 3rd February, although availability is limited so I wouldn’t delay

You can fly from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, Bristol or Edinburgh on Lufthansa, or London, Manchester, Birmingham or Edinburgh on SWISS

I can’t find any minimum stay requirements – short trips, without a weekend involved, seem to price OK

Availability is best from May.  In general it is worse than it was when I covered the sale last weekend.  Remember to try booking on both SWISS and Lufthansa if both fly the route.

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.

SWISS Business Class deals

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

Swiss 2-4-1 UK sale

Here are your options flying in SWISS Business Class, photo above.  You can see an availability calendar here from London on the SWISS website.  Click through, then click your destination name or click ‘More Offers’ under ‘Special Business Class Offers for 2’ to see the full list.

All flights require a transfer in Zurich or Geneva.

SOME ROUTES MAY SHOW NO AVAILABILITY.  Male / Maldives seems dead, and Singapore had very little left last night.

  • Addis Ababa £1,100
  • Bahrain £1,200
  • Bangkok £1,200
  • Beijing £1,900
  • Brisbane £2,500
  • Buenos Aires £1,500
  • Cairo £530 (short-haul plane)
  • Cape Town £1,500
  • Colombo £1,100
  • Dar es Salaam £1,100
  • Delhi £1,100
  • Denpasar £1,500
  • Dubai £1,100
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1,200
  • Hong Kong £1,100
  • Johannesburg £1,500
  • Kuwait £1,100
  • Lagos £1,100
  • Luanda £1,500
  • Mahe / Seychelles £1,300
  • Male / Maldives £1,300
  • Manila £1,500
  • Mauritius £1,300
  • Melbourne £2,500
  • Mumbai £1,100
  • Muscat £1,150
  • Nairobi £1,100
  • Phuket £1,200
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,300
  • Riyadh £1,100
  • Sao Paulo £1,400
  • Shanghai £1,350
  • Singapore £1,300
  • Tel Aviv £500 (short-haul plane)
  • Windhoek £1,300

For clarity … it is a doddle to find days with availabilityGo to this page of the SWISS website and click on your destination or ‘More Offers’ for the full list.  A calendar of bookable days, shown in Yellow, will appear.

This method only works for London departures.  For departures from:

  • Birmingham
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh

…. you need to go here and click on ‘London’ in the top left in red.  You can then change your airport.

Remember that 2+ people must be booked together.  You won’t see the special price if you are only booking for one person.

Swiss business class

Lufthansa Business Class deals

Lufthansa is less fiddly BUT there is no easy way to find days with availability.

Here is the Business Class 2-4-1 booking page.  Here are the prices:

  • Abuja £1,100
  • Addis Ababa £1,100
  • Almaty £1,100
  • Amman £500 (short-haul plane)
  • Astana £1,100
  • Bahrain £1,200
  • Bali £1,500
  • Bangkok £1,200
  • Beijing £1,900
  • Beirut £500 (short-haul plane)
  • Bengaluru £1,100
  • Bogota £1,300
  • Brisbane £2,500
  • Buenos Aires £1,500
  • Cairo £530 (short-haul plane)
  • Cape Town £1,500
  • Chennai £1,100
  • Colombo £1,100
  • Dammam £1,100
  • Dar es Salaam £1,100
  • Delhi £1,100
  • Dubai £1,100
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1,200
  • Hong Kong £1,100
  • Johannesburg £1,500
  • Krabi £1,200
  • Lagos £1,100
  • Luanda £1,500
  • Mahe / Seychelles £1,300
  • Male / Maldives £1,300
  • Manila £1,500
  • Mauritius £1,300
  • Melbourne £2,500
  • Mumbai £1,100
  • Muscat £1,150
  • Nairobi £1,100
  • Perth £2,500
  • Phuket £1,200
  • Rio de Janeiro £1,300
  • Riyadh £1,100
  • Sao Paulo £1,400
  • Seoul £1,300
  • Shanghai £1,350
  • Singapore £1,300
  • Sydney £2,500
  • Tehran £1,100
  • Tel Aviv £500 (short-haul plane)
  • Windhoek £1,300

You can book these deals here.

My last review of Lufthansa Business Class was here.  For a solo traveller it isn’t too impressive since you are effectively sharing the foot rest with a stranger when sleeping, but for a couple it is perfectly fine.  We went down to the Middle East as a family last October and I had no complaints.

SWISS First Class deals

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

It is the same basis as before – click on the city you want or ‘More Offers’ for the full list.  To change departure city, click on ‘London’ and toggle to Birmingham, Manchester or Edinburgh.  It seems VERY buggy however.

Swiss First Class

Again, note that SOME ROUTES LISTED BELOW MAY HAVE NO AVAILABILITY.  Hong Kong, Bangkok and Singapore have very, very little.  Other routes have lots, at least from London.  It isn’t clear if this will improve when the sale launches ‘officially’, if it ever does.

  • Bangkok £1,800
  • Buenos Aires £2,000
  • Cape Town £2,300
  • Dar es Salaam £1,500
  • Delhi £1,500
  • Dubai £1,500
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1,800
  • Hong Kong £2,000
  • Johannesburg £2,300
  • Manila £2,100
  • Mumbai £1,500
  • Muscat £1,600
  • Nairobi £1,500
  • Phuket £1,800
  • Rio de Janeiro £2,000
  • Sao Paulo £2,000
  • Singapore £2,000

Here is a typical Dubai deal – £2,965 for two people in SWISS First Class for a week in September:

SWISS First Class deals

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 in 2018, 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 in 2018 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.

Lufthansa First Class deals

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.

Here is the pricing:

  • Bali £2,100
  • Bangkok £1,800
  • Bengaluru £1,500
  • Bogota £2,000
  • Brisbane £3,500
  • Buenos Aires £2,000
  • Cape Town £2,300
  • Dar es Salaam £1,500
  • Delhi £1,500
  • Dubai £1,500
  • Ho Chi Minh City £1,800
  • Hong Kong £2,000
  • Johannesburg £2,300
  • Krabi £1,800
  • Manila £2,100
  • Melbourne £3,500
  • Mumbai £1,500
  • Muscat £1,600
  • Nairobi £1,500
  • Perth £3,500
  • Phuket £1,800
  • Rio de Janeiro £2,000
  • Sao Paulo £2,000
  • Seoul £2,000
  • Singapore £2,000
  • Sydney £3,500

You can book these deals here.

Where can I credit my flights?

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.

Because Miles & More is revenue based (your earnings are based on the price of your flight), you won’t do very well given how cheap these tickets are.  Think about a different Star Alliance programme, potentially one such as Singapore Airlines Krisflyer which is an American Express Membership Rewards transfer partner, allowing you to easily top up your balance.

This HFP article looks at which is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme for you.

How should I pay?

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.

Conclusion

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.

Here are the booking links:

SWISS First Class and Business Class 241 availability checker

Lufthansa First Class 241 details

Lufthansa Business Class 241 details

PS.  In case you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the UK Miles & More Diners Club and Mastercard credit card.

Comments (47)

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: My last night at WA Maldives, let me know if any questions.

  • Phil Gollings says:

    Pity the planes are awful, and the food they serve worse than BA

    • Rob says:

      You can fly the Boeing 747-8 with Lufthansa – I think Korean is the only other airline who bought it!

      • tony says:

        Air China bought them, too. I think the F&B on LH is a shade better than BA, but the bar’s not really all that high. It’s no QR but £1k to HK is a steal when BA want £600 in taxes & assorted charges for the same route.

    • John says:

      After taking advantage of this deal last year, I have to agree. But at £1000 all I care about is the flat bed.

    • Lady London says:

      Not possible.

      • Polly says:

        Have to say we have bought bel to kul return for 1090 for Nov.. On a 330 x 2sectors on day flights, but flat beds all the same. Cancelled BA 241 in J , as 8 across of course. So qr wins both ways, fees plus avios, qr wins out cash wise.

  • riku2 says:

    I don’t see how this qualifies as “secret”. If you can book them through normal channels then where is the secrecy? They might not have been advertised but they are not secret.
    One should anyway be happy about the lack of publicity. Now the sale is “on” as Rob puts it the availability will certainly go down as more people become aware of the sale.

  • David S says:

    I booked our first long haul with star alliance since the prices are excellent. Booked MAN to DEL for £1500. The price was not much more when taking into account positioning and then QR flights from ARN.
    Lufthansa First out via FRA and Swiss First back via ZRH. Get to try the FCT at Frankfurt and the the new Swiss lounges in Zurich for the first time.
    Interestingly Swiss website did not show all the flight availability and Lufthansa website was quoting double the price. Amex travel showed all the flights with the cheaper price, so ended up booking with them. So if you don’t see the flights on the airline website, shop around.

  • Paul says:

    Similar fares available from ARN and GOT for the solo traveller without need to book 2 seats.

    • James says:

      “Similar fares available from ARN and GOT for the solo traveller without need to book 2 seats.”

      Nice one Paul. I do find these promos annoying as a single traveller.

  • Jovo says:

    OT – does anyone know if I have to transfer the IGH points earned on my Creation IHG credit card or will it be done automatically? I could not find any “transfer” option. Thanks

  • Dave says:

    OT: I’m wondering if anyone has a spare ticket for the HFP party on Monday that I could buy from them? My wife was due to be away in the US on business but that trip has been postponed and I’d love her to join me on Monday.

    • Rob says:

      Drop Rhys a note (rhys at headforpoints.co.uk) – we have a couple of readers in the opposite position.

  • memesweeper says:

    A quick check with the member’s code shows free breakfast at London Marriott Hotel Park Lane and the St. Ermin’s on Monday 20 Jan when booking through the .co.uk version of the Marriott site. Thanks for sharing Liam, I’m still not sure where I’ll be staying after the party on Monday.