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One of the better Star Alliance carriers, SWISS, is currently offering an incredible Business Class fare for travel between Sweden and Bangkok for travel deep into next year. If you can position yourself to Stockholm (or if you happen to live in Stockholm), you can currently fly SWISS Business Class to Bangkok via Zurich on fares starting at around $1,123. That’s a price that’s unlikely to be bettered any time soon.
- Travel from turnaround must commence no earlier than 6 days after arrival at turnaround, or travel must commence no earlier than the first Sunday after arrival at turnaround.
- Travel from last stopover must commence no later than 12 months after departure from fare origin.
- 1 stopover permitted in each direction at €100 each.
- Tickets must be issued on SWISS (LX)
- Children 2-11 are charged 75% of the fare
The fare rules don’t appear to have an end date set for this fare so it could disappear at any moment or hang around for days or weeks – there’s no way to know.
The routing & cost
All the best fares that I’ve seen appear to route through Zurich…
…and as mentioned earlier, the best prices that I’ve been finding start at around $1,123.
You may be offered a wide variety of flights so keep an eye on how long a layover your potential booking has. Some layovers that you’ll be offered are unnecessarily long and there should always be enough flights available to ensure that you’re not wasting half a day in Zurich Airport.
Be aware that while a few OTAs may offer a marginally lower price (a few dollars cheaper), this fare is easy to find on the SWISS website (via Google Flights)…
…and I strongly recommend that anyone booking this fare books directly with the airline and not through an OTA. The savings for booking through an OTA are minimal and if something goes wrong with your trip, you’ll find life much easier if you’re dealing with SWISS directly rather than via an OTA (airlines will not deal with you directly if you’ve booked through a 3rd party).
Considering how many abortive attempts Thailand has had at reopening to visitors, nothing should be taken for granted, but the good news with this deal is that it’s available for travel all the way through to the end of the current booking period in September (and if Thailand isn’t open well before then, I dread to think what state the world will be in!)
The best fare is available for travel starting in April 2022 and here’s what availability for a 7-day trip looks like from then through to the end of the current booking period:
As you should be able to see, dates on which the great fare is available aren’t hard to find (although July and August are disappointingly barren).
Important to know
1 – This fare books into P Class and that is something that you’ll need to know if you have to check wheretocredit.com before deciding which airline loyalty program to credit your flights to.
2 – The SWISS website calls these fares “Business Basic” which got my alarm bells ringing as the word “basic” when used in conjunction with a fare is rarely good news. On closer inspection, however, these fares don’t seem to be offering customers any less than what you’d expect from a regular Business Class fare…
…so I don’t think that there’s an issue here (somebody let me know if I’ve missed something).
3 – Be careful of seat selection fees. These fares allow you to select a seat for free on the short-haul sectors and when it comes to the long-haul sector (on the SWISS 777-300ER) most seats are still free to select…
…but if you try to select one of the “throne seats” and you don’t have Star Alliance elite status, SWISS will try to gouge you for an unreasonable amount of money.
In this example, the airline is asking me to pay over 20% of the total fare just to select a throne seat on one of the two long flights.
Make sure you get the best deal out of whatever fare you book by using a credit card that gives you a good return on your travel spending and, preferably, one that also comes with good travel protections.
The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) earns 5 points/dollar for spending made directly with airlines, the Business Platinum® Card from American Express earns 5 points/dollar for flights booked through Amex Travel, while the Chase Sapphire Reserve (review) earns 3 points/dollar for just about all travel spending. Importantly, all three of these cards offer good trip delay, interruption, and cancellation protection.
It’s worth noting that although the Citi Prestige Card (no longer available to new applicants) matches the Platinum Card with its earnings of 5 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, and although the Citi Premier Card matches the Chase Sapphire Reserve by offering 3 points/dollar on spending made directly with airlines, the fact that neither card offers any travel protections whatsoever makes them less appealing options.
SWISS is currently offering an incredibly cheap Business Class fare for travel between Stockholm and Bangkok between April and September 2022 (with some blackout dates). I have no idea how long this deal has been around or how long it will hang around for so if it interests you and you can find dates that work well for you, I suggest that you book sooner rather than later…but check what Thailand’s policy on welcoming visitors is before you part with any cash.