Swiss first class awards are a unicorn, and people go to sort of crazy lengths for it.
Swiss first class is usually only available using miles for elite frequent flyers in the Miles & More program. The ability to use United, Aeroplan, and other Star Alliance miles — or even Miles & More miles without elite status — ended in 2014.
However Live and Let’s Fly reports that Swiss first class awards are wide open right now for partner booking. Hurry and book!
- Aeroplan: One way first class costs 70,000 miles each way and Aeroplan does not add fuel surcharges to Swiss awards
- United: One way first class costs 110,000 miles each way
- Swiss flies from Boston, Chicago, Newark, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and San Francisco.
I haven’t checked availability from each gateway but I’ve definitely seen it from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. I’m burning Aeroplan miles in advance of that program’s expected implosion in 2020.
Space won’t last.