Swiss are doing another sale, but this time it is from the UK.
Swiss business class – is it worth trying?
I have flown in Swiss business class long haul, but it was quite a while ago. Having had a quick look at more recent reviews, it looks like not much has changed. My view was that the food and service was excellent. They had an interesting selection of Swiss wines which I enjoyed to try something different. The cabin has a sophisticated feel to it with light wood with dark accents and seats. There is one flaw, in my opinion. The seats are not very comfortable for sleeping on the older A330 aircraft. They feel like they have a slight slope and are very low to the ground. They also had quite large gaps between the seat cushions when in bed mode. However at these prices, you may well think it is worth it, even for the older aircraft. I found them perfectly comfortable for sitting.
The seats are in 2-2-2, 1-2-1 or 1-2-2/2-2-1 configuration depending on the row and aircraft you choose, so there is something for both couples and solo travellers. The lounges at Zurich were enjoyable, but not spectacular.
The newer B777-300ER seats are better, as they have only come in to service last year. You can even vary the firmness of the seat! They convert into a 2 metre flat bed and have slightly more privacy than the older designs. The seats are in 2-2-2, 1-2-1 or 1-2-2/2-2-1 configuration depending on the row and aircraft you choose, so there is something for both couples and solo travellers.
You can’t earn Avios on Swiss but you can credit to any Star Alliance airline. If you like to fly Virgin Atlantic you could credit to Singapore airlines, one of their partners and redeem on Virgin.
The Swiss Companion business class sale
Here is a selection of the most interesting sale fares from Heathrow, London City, Manchester or Birmingham. These are generally very good prices and as cheap as you will find in many Qatar ex EU deals but without the hassle factor. The only one I would hesitate over would be Bangkok. You could probably get a similar or cheaper fare out of Heathrow on Finnair or Qatar and much cheaper on an ex EU.
Tel Aviv – £578
Muscat – £978
Dubai – £1,028
Delhi – £1,079
Mumbai – £1,128
Beijing – £1,178
Shanghai – £1,178
Singapore – £1,378
Johannesburg – £1,398
Bangkok – £1,529
Hong Kong – £1,579
The routes highlighted in bold, currently operate with a B777-300ER. You must book by 3 July 2017 for travel from 1st July 2017 to 31 March 2018. As usual the fares are non refundable and non changeable. 2 people must travel together to get the sale price.
Bear in mind that at London City, there is no lounge. You can however purchase access to the very nice Private Jet Terminal Business or First class lounges via Lounge Buddy or direct through London City Airport. The First Class lounge includes being driven directly to the aircraft with private security. You can read my review here.
You can find the sale page here.
Have you flown Swiss business class long haul recently? What did you think?