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In this hobby the primary aim is usually to travel in as much comfort as possible with as little outlay as possible (I even wrote a blog about that very point)….but sometimes it’s worth making a small exception to that rule.
SWISS has recently introduced fantastic looking Business and First Class products on its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft (more on those a little later) and it’s not often that you see a fare as low as this one that allows you to sample a product that looks this good.
SWISS Business Class To Bangkok From $1,675RT
This isn’t the cheapest Business Class fare you’ll find between Europe and Bangkok and the flights aren’t the most convenient that you’ll find either….but SWISS isn’t like a lot of other airlines in that it doesn’t release excellent Business Class fares every other week.
- This isn’t a sale fare so it can be pulled at any time
- Minimum stay is 4 days from day of departure
- Maximum stay is 12 months from day of departure
- No stopovers allowed (a stopover is defined as a stop of 24 hours or more)
The $1,675 fare is available from September 2016 through July 2017 but the number of days that it is available varies significantly from month to month.
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Availability for the rest of 2016 doesn’t look that great past September….
….but, if you look carefully, there are a few dates with great fares that are only a little bit more than the orange $1,675 price.
There’s a little bit of an improvement in availability in January and February…..
…….but it’s in March and April 2017 that availability goes through the roof (and this is prime Spring vacation time).
The fare continues to be widely available through May and June….
…..and is still available right up to the end of the schedule in July:
The major issue with this fare is that the flights create some lengthy layovers in Zurich but, taking the example shown below, it’s possible to choose flights that would give you an overnight in a Zurich hotel without a late arrival or early departure:
Be careful which flights you choose as, in the example above, you can fly in the great looking Business Class cabin in both directions but, if you’re not paying attention, you could easily book yourself on to an older A340 aircraft too:
SWISS New Business Class Product
SWISS has only been flying its new 777-300ER aircraft since the beginning of this year so the product on offer is just about as new as it gets.
The Business Class cabin has 62 seats laid out in a 1-2-1 staggered formation….
…and while the cabin and seats look fantastic…..
Finding The Fare
As usual I used the ITA Matrix search to find these fares.
Here’s an example of the parameters I used to find the best SWISS Business Class fares (in this case in April 2017):
Like I said at the very beginning, this isn’t the cheapest Business Class fare to Bangkok and it isn’t the most convenient….but it’s almost certainly one of the best Business Class products you’ll find without having to connect somewhere in the Middle East.
My travel is now pretty much set for the foreseeable future (I have a lot of trips coming up) so I won’t be booking this fare this time around. But, if you’re looking for an opportunity to try out a great new Business Class product and earn some Star Alliance miles into the bargain then you could do a lot worse.