I mentioned yesterday that SWISS First Class space is again bookable using United miles. I took advantage of this rare opening to book our family trip to Germany, but it was not meant to be…
SWISS First Class 2023 Trip Booked, Then Cancelled. By Me, Not SWISS…
I first noticed the award space on united.com on December 29th for travel on December 31st. While my first instinct was that this was phantom space, it does appear that SWISS is loosening up on award space and was happy to book a ticket (for my wife Heidi) in SWISS First Class from Los Angeles to Zurich with a connection to Germany. I figured it would be a nice treat for her and I could take the kids in business or economy class.
Recall that she came down with COVID-19 just before Christmas (along with the rest of my family) and had been placed on COVID leave at her hospital and taken off the schedule for 10 days, per protocol.
I was admittedly delighted by this, because it meant we could go to Germany early. I was even more delighted to get the SWISS First Class seat.
Then three more awards seats opened! Yes, the whole family in SWISS First!
But sadly the trip was not meant to be.
By day five, she had tested negative, though she was still feeling bad. Her hospital, chronically understaffed, told her that they needed her and that she would be put back on the schedule. There were no “ifs, ands, or buts” because she already has arranged two weeks off this month for our trip to Germany.
And so, we had to cancel.
Honestly, I was less sad about missing SWISS First Class than about Heidi having to go to work when she was still exhausted from having COVID.
But ironic, isn’t it? This time, there was no canceled flight. No antics by SWISS. No threatened lawsuit. This time, work got in the way.
A family trip in SWISS First Class (after our family trip in Lufthansa First Class) would have been a lot of fun. But it wasn’t meant to be. Beyond the disappointment over the chance to fly SWISS First again, I actually think it was for the best…and will explain why tomorrow.