Swiss first class awards are a unicorn, and people go to sort of crazy lengths for it.
All Swiss routes are showing wide open award availability, it’s definitely not all bookable.
Here’s an award calendar from United for Boston – Zurich:
Much of the first class space out there isn’t actually bookable.
Generally speaking you’ll find that you can get all the way to submitting payment and then United.com will error out.
- If you can find the space at Aeroplan’s website then it’s likely real.
- Swiss doesn’t intend to offer Swiss first redemptions to partners, these are only intended for elite members of the Miles & More frequent flyer program. That was a change made January 2014.
- I’m in meetings and haven’t been able to scour for space that’s real. It did open up to partners briefly back in June so could happen again.
You may want to play with this and see if you can find space, but I wouldn’t transfer points into United to do it (other than setting up a reservation by phone and then making the instant transfer) since so much of what you see at United.com right now isn’t real.
Similarly I wouldn’t transfer points to Aeroplan from Membership Rewards until a real reservation has been created. That transfer is instant as well.
Please do share here if you find actual bookable award space.
(HT: Meir W.)