Several years ago, SWISS stopped releasing first class awards to partners on a regular basis, generally reserving that award space only for elite members of its own Miles & More loyalty program. But sometimes the door is temporarily opened…and now is the time. Act fast to scoop up fuel-surcharge free award space in SWISS First Class using Aeroplan miles.
You can find the space on Aeroplan.com. One-way travel between the USA and Western Europe is 70K miles in first class. Fuel surcharges are not collected on SWISS.
Many cities are available to SWISS destinations around the world. Los Angeles is of particular interest to me and I had no trouble finding space on many dates.
Note the dates: there is availability in winter, spring, and summer!
Why SWISS First?
SWISS First Class is an amazing product with a wonderful lie-flat seat, personalized service and excellent food. The First Class Lounge in Zurich is also amazing. You can read a recent review here.
Twice as Nice with Aeroplan Transfer Bonus from AMEX
American Express is currently offering a targeted 20% transfer bonus from Membership Rewards to Aeroplan. Not everyone will see this discount, but check Membership Rewards to see if you have been targeted.
That means for every 1,000 AMEX points you will receive 1,200 Aeroplan points. Considering this is the first ever Aeroplan transfer bonus I’ve ever seen from AMEX, this deal could not come at a better time.
How About Other Star Alliance Programs?
I do not see the space bookable on united.com…that is the only other Star Alliance partner award I have checked. It appears this deal is only valid via Aeroplan.
5:20a ET UPDATE: The space is now bookable on united.com as well, though at a much higher rate than Aeroplan for Continental Europe. ANA also appears bookable. Details here.
Book now, not later! It is doubtful this space will last. I can also verify (at least for my own bookings), this is NOT phantom space.