UPDATE: Since late December 2022, SWISS first class awards have been bookable once again, though only as married segments and only with United MileagePlus or Lufthansa Miles & More, not any other Star Alliance currencies.
For example, I have not seen Los Angeles – Zurich alone available, but I have seen Los Angeles – Zurich – Frankfurt with the LAX-ZRH segment booking into SWISS First (“O” class).
I’ve ticketed several reservations, so this is not phantom space. Space generally opens 2-3 days before travel.
Only time will tell if this is a permanent policy change, but it certainly would be great if SWISS First Class was again available at the last-minute on a regular basis using United miles.
My original story, from August 22, 2022, appears below. At that time, the space only appeared for one day. This time, it has appeared for nearly a week. I do not believe this is a mistake or a glitch.
For the first time in many years, I am seeing longhaul SWISS flights available in first class using United Airlines MileagePlus miles.
United Airlines MileagePlus Swiss First Class Award Availablity
Just moments ago I verified space was available from Newark to Zurich tonight–
and from Boston to Zurich–
and even from Newark or Boston all the way to Singapore with both segments in first class–
(I’d love 11 hours in the SWISS First Class E Gates Lounge)
For years, SWISS First Class award space has been restricted to Senator or HON Circle members of the Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More program. Might we finally be seeing a thaw?
The “O” class space does show up on ExpertFlyer, but that space is traditionally scraped from Miles & More sources and not an accurate indicator of Star Alliance alliance wide partner (so-called “StarNet”) availability.
This first class award space is not showing up on Aeroplan:
or Singapore Airlines’ KrisFlyer website:
or on Avianca LifeMiles:
We saw recently that SWISS has begun making its Fifth Freedom flight between Sao Paulo (GRU) and Buenos Aires (EZE) available with miles…this is the first time we’ve seen a longhaul SWISS First Class flight available with United miles in many years.
In my searches, I see nothing beyond tonight…perhaps this will be for same-day bookings only? Even if it were just that, it would be a huge value-add to MileagePlus.
You can read my first class SWISS reviews here: