Star Alliance members Lufthansa and SWISS are currently selling discounted first class tickets from France to various destinations around the world. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy the luxuries of flying in first class, as well as relaxing in first class lounges said to be the best in the world. You’d also be entitled to benefits such as checking in 3 suitcases.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Changing dates on Lufthansa or Swiss tickets is possible without paying a fee, but you will have to pay the price difference if you (not the airline) cancel your flight. This can easily exceed €1,000 in cost. Further, tickets sold during this promotion will not be refunded if canceled.
There’s quite good availability until September 2022.
Here are some of the best prices we could find from Paris (price per person):
- Nairobi for €1,845 p.P.
- Mumbai for €1,901 p.P.
- Bengaluru for €2,011 p.P.
- Bangkok for €2,395 p.P.
- Hong Kong for €2,496 p.P.
- Johannesburg for €2,498 p.P.
- Singapore for €2,498 p.P.
Except for flights to Bangalore (which is an exclusive Lufthansa destination), you have the opportunity to choose whether you prefer to board a Lufthansa or Swiss plane. Depending on your choice, you’ll have to switch planes in Frankfurt or Zurich.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, these trips can be booked until November 7, 2021. The flights have to take place before September 30, 2022. The availability is very good all year long. The minimum stay length varies but is mostly set at five days or a night from Saturday to Sunday.
You can find available dates quickly & easily using Google Flights. We recommend that you book on the websites of Lufthansa or Swiss.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.
The short feeder flights to Zurich are issued in booking class J, the long haul first class flights in class A. A trip from Paris to Nairobi results in the following mileage.
- 25,928 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 24,680 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 24,676 Miles on Air New Zealand AirPoints
- 23,864 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 23,860 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 17,520 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 17,520 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 16,304 Award Miles + 3,236 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 16,304 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 16,300 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 16,186 Miles on LATAM Pass
- 16,008 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 16,008 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 16,008 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 16,004 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 12,340 Award Miles + 8,560 Tier Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 12,228 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 12,110 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 12,080 Miles on Asiana Club
- 12,078 Miles on South African Voyager
- 11,932 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,780 Award Miles + 26,680 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 6,780 Award Miles + 680 Points on Miles&More 2024
Aegean Miles+Bonus, United MileagePlus, and Ethiopian ShebaMiles are among the best options to credit your flights. Miles&More is especially good if you fly in 2021, as you’d get double those miles – and thus directly the Frequent Traveler status. You can also directly get the Star Alliance Silver status at Thai Royal Orchid Plus and Aegean Miles+Bonus.
SWISS First Class
In SWISS’ first class, you’ll be served excellent food in a comfortable seat that can be turned into a
Lufthansa First Class
Lufthansa has its own terminal for First Class passengers! This and the food in Lufthansa’s First Class
The seat can be turned into a 210 cm long bed (roughly 80 cm wide) and has all the usual comforts, such as power sockets, inflight entertainment, WIFI, and so on.
Nairobi it’s still available, but Singapore and HK were never available at that price.
Still a great offer for 3200EUR CDG-HKG@1st round-trip, but nowhere near 2496EUR promised in the link. That was never available, I’ve checked immediately after receiving the telegram message.
Singapore was even higher.
Good offer for Manila though, check it out.
Anyway, great job guys – keep it up!
And now the deal is gone. :\
I just saw the flights from Ams-Syd is operated partially by Singapore Airlines A380, this is the new suite correct ? Or do I get business class for this leg-flight ?
Ofc. just in case Singapore Airlines decides to operate the A380 again.
Other question: What if Singapore Airlines uses the A350 instead and we get Business instead of First ? Do we get a refund ?
If a leg operated by Singapore Airlines is booked in F, you should receive the First Class service that SQ offers on these flights. In case of a downgrade – Lufthansa has a history of downgrading passengers without even offering reimbursements over the last months. If that happens, you are entitled to a refund or Lufthansa rebooking you on a flight with actual First Class service. Sadly, you may have to fight for it.
Wow, that means you will get the Suites since its operated by the A380 ?
Yes, this has been the case on trips like these in the past, too. However, since SQ is using the A380 sparsely these days and the probability of downgrades remains high, we still recommend proceeding with caution.
many times I realized that the so called “deals” are fake. Whenever I try to book, those fares are never ever available.
Hi Hohermuth, I’m sorry you had such a disappointing experience. I’ve recently checked and all destinations are still available, but Bangkok & Johannesburg weren’t on the particular dates we’ve linked. I’ve exchanged the links for these offers. We’re always doing our best to keep our dealz up to date, but sometimes we miss a spot.