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Fly Business Class to Dubai from £1,126 with Lufthansa and SWISS

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Lufthansa and SWISS have brought back their attractive flight deals to Dubai.

We covered these deals a few weeks and now they are back. For £1,126 from London this is an exceptionally good deal for a UK departure.

You need to travel in 2025 for the best availability and stay away for 6+ nights. 2025 availability is generally good, even in the January / February peak.

Cheap business class flights to Dubai

Remember that Lufthansa and/or SWISS fly from major UK regional airports so you don’t necessarily have to start your trip in London, although the fare may be a little higher. Whilst these are ‘Business Basic’ fares, they DO include lounge access.

You will be changing aircraft in Germany or Switzerland, depending on which airline you pick.

Here’s an example (click to enlarge):

Lufthansa Business Class sale to Dubai

For once, you WON’T beat this deal by starting outside the UK in Dublin, Amsterdam etc. When you remember that the price includes £200 of Air Passenger Duty, it’s remarkably low.

I believe the flights book into ‘P’ class, so be careful which Star Alliance frequent flyer programme you credit. wheretocredit.com can show you potential places to credit a ‘P’ class Lufthansa or SWISS flight.

You are paying in £, if you book a flight starting in the UK, so the best card to pay with is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points (2 per £1) on all airline spend. If you can find it cheaper from elsewhere in Europe, your best bet is one of the Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard cards – these have 0% FX fees in the Eurozone and earn Virgin Points.

You can play around with dates and pricing on the Lufthansa site here. The site is VERY good at helping you see which dates have the lowest pricing – a calendar will appear as soon as you’ve typed some random dates into the home page search box.


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Comments (15)

  • Sam says:

    Prices like these just further make a mockery of the absurd Emirates’s PE pricing (£1,300 over the same date period).

    • Lumma says:

      Is if though? You’re not going to get any real significant sleep on the flights, you’ll be in a regular economy seat for the UK to Germany/Switzerland leg versus 6/7 hours in a PE seat on a direct flight.

      Personally, I feel Dubai (same as East Coast USA) is a short enough flight, so I’d just go in economy and keep the £700-800 difference and buy my self something nice

  • Gordon says:

    The return example looks Grim! I will have a dig.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It’s the best flight out

      Full evening in Dubai … on the plane lights out for a good sleep and arrive ready for the rest of your day.

      • The real Swiss Tony says:

        Yes, but the return must have you siting in Zurich for 5 or 6 hours, which won’t be a barrel of laughs.

        • dmm says:

          There are some inbound with 50 mins at Zurich, so pretty speedy. We’ve done a few connections like that and it’s been smooth transfer and luggage has made it as well

      • Gordon says:

        You arrive at 22:20 on this example, so by the time you get through the airport and to the hotel, it wont be evening it will be the early hours of the next day! But rough with the smooth I guess.
        All in all, yes the price is good, if you can put up with the change and the waiting around.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          We were talking about the return.

          Getting there at 10 isn’t my preference as I like the overnight there too but a cheap airport hotel you could be in bed by 12.

          • Gordon says:

            Ahh, I mistook “It’s the best flight out” as you meaning the outbound leg.

          • Yuff says:

            The returns are always overnight.
            Would always prefer a day flight personally.

  • Chris W says:

    Also a great deal I’m seeing is QR business class FCO-DOH-BKK for £1,595 return across many dates. 560 Tier Points (almost enough for Silver).

    Sure it’s more expensive than the pre-covid glory days of ex-EU Qatar J to Asia under £1,300 but given how much more expensive everything is now, it’s a great deal for an excellent product and Rome is very easy to get to and from

  • Anon says:

    I recently flew FRA – DXB with Lufthansa. Honestly the flight is not worth £500, let alone £1100. The cabin is cramped, the food is terrible, and it’s rarely on time. By far the worst business cabin I’ve ever been in. How they get away with such a sub-standard product is beyond me!

    I wish I could attach a picture, but the main meal of ‘veal fillet with asparagus and potato’ looked like it was served in monochrome it was so bland. Never again.

    • Finn says:

      Very true! I had the ‘pleasure’ of flying Lufthansa ICN-NAP recently, in their alleged business class. It wasn’t as bad as I came to expect from reviews online, but it wasn’t great (seat cramped & rather hard, lack of privacy, mediocre food). I was however pleasantly surprised by the service, especially from the older purser, who combined experience & enthusiasm. However, the worst was on the way back in Swiss J Zurich-Narita, with an even worse seat (very hard and narrow, the air bag thing inside of it randomly pumped itself and emptied, and you’d always inadvertently hit the seat controls just resting your arm!). The biz cabin was too big & too hot. Service was ok but essentially robotic. Will never use Swiss again but may try LH if price ok. Plus my return flight ICN-NAP was about the same price as this ‘deal’ to Dubai from Europe.

  • Greenpen says:

    I did this a couple of years ago. Out LH, return LX. LX is so much better in every way. I have since flown several trips with LX to other places and been very pleased. The F lounge in Zurich is amazing.

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