A couple of weeks ago a ton of phantom Swiss first class award space was showing up. This wasn’t bookable, at least unless you were a Miles & More elite member using Lufthansa/Swiss miles.
There was also a ton of phantom business class availability as well, though once you got to summer it was real.
Now there appears to be wide open business class Swiss award space for the fall that is real.
Reader brit44 writes,
Yesterday I ticketed 2 roundtrips from [Los Angeles to Zurich] on the direct Swiss flight via Aeroplan. 110,000 each plus $96 CAD.
Availability was for up to 8 people per flight. I still see 8 seats available on the outbound we are taking [in November].
United website shows extent of availability October through December which seem to be only months it is there for. Also some [Scandinavian] LA – Stockhold and LOT Polish inventory to WAW in business thrown in there.
I know a lot of this recently has been phantom inventory with Swiss and I have never seen 8 seats available. Also seems to work on direct SFO-ZRH.
You can book the space with miles in any Star Alliance program. My suggestion is always to search for the space using the Aeroplan website because what you see there will be bookable, it doesn’t tend to show phantom availability like United.com does.
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, with no fuel surcharges added.
- Avianca LifeMiles: 63,000 miles each way.