Earlier today I wrote about Swiss first class award space showing up at United.com — something very rare, and when it happens a mistake — and suggesting that it appeared to be phantom availability.
Booking the seats errored out at the payment page, and while availability showed up at United.com it wasn’t appearing available to other Star Alliance partner airlines.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t book Swiss premium cabin awards, in fact Swiss business class awards are wide open this summer.
Note that there’s plenty of business class phantom award space showing up at United.com, especially over the next few months. But if you look into the summer, much of it is real. As I suggested in my earlier post, confirm availability with the Aeroplan website.
Here’s New York JFK – Zurich in July (both directions) for 2 passengers in business class:
The source of this data is Aeroplan’s website, not United’s, so not subject to the United phantom availability issue. You’ll see availability on other Swiss routes as well.
You may not have any interest in Zurich (although consider it for a stopover — or ‘excursionist perk’ on a United Europe award — but you should have interest in these award seats either way. You can fly beyond to other destinations in Europe.
- United MileagePlus: 70,000 miles each way. Chase points transfer to United.
- Aeroplan: 55,000 miles each way (although if you connect to ‘Europe 2’ the price goes to 57,500). American Express points transfer to Aeroplan, but fuel surcharges are added.
- Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles each way.
I’ve left some other routes on the calendar above that came up in the search on the map. New York JFK – Geneva is business class award space on Swiss as well. New York JFK – Vienna is business class award space on Austrian. New York JFK – Lisbon is business class award space on TAP Air Portugal. This isn’t exhaustive and only shows when the connecting flight onward to Zurich is also available.