SWISS is currently remodeling its Business Class and Senator Schengen lounges near the A-Gates in Zurich. As a result, these lounges will be closed until at least July. But that’s actually a GOOD thing.
In the interim, SWISS provides eligible passengers with a SWISS Coffee to Fly Voucher, which can be redeemed at six different bars/cafes/resturants in Zurich Airport for one drink and one snack.
Simply go to the (closed) lounge entrance, where you will find a pair of SWISS representatives. Present your boarding pass and you will be given two choices: visit the nearby ASPIRE Lounge (also a Priority Pass Lounge) or receive a voucher.
I’m not a fan of the ASPIRE Lounge (poor coffee and overcrowding issues), but note you can certainly take the voucher and still visit the lounge with your boarding pass later on.
I just skipped the lounge, preferring to work in the more tranquil cafe. Airport wi-fi is free.
My criteria was simple: find a café with barista-made coffee, not machine-made coffee.
I found that in Walter, a beautiful café just past security (to the right). I enjoyed an excellent cappuccino and bircher muesli…a nice pre-breakfast to the breakfast served onboard my flight to Rome.
There are even great tarmac views from Walter:
Certainly SWISS is not the first airline to offer vouchers when its lounge is closed. I’ve received similar vouchers from British Airways before. Even so, it is a nice solution in Zurich, where a coffee and sandwich will set you back $15.
There are limits, though. I visited Panapolis (in the B-Gate area) and asked for a smoothie and a nice looking sandwich. Nope. Water, soft drink, beer, wine or coffee only. And my preferred sandwich was not available. Only the smaller ones with inferior bread…
But even so, I preferred that to the crowded ASPIRE lounge. It made for a more relaxing experience.
Ask for a SWISS Coffee to Fly Voucher next time you’re passing through ZRH. It’s a nice interim solution to no lounge.
If you’re so inclined, you can also visit the beautiful SWISS lounges in the E-Gate area, which are open. It will require going through passport control.