TRUE RARE EVENT: Swiss First Class Bookable With United and Aeroplan Miles

Tweeted to me by @IFlyPlaces,

Confirmed by One Mile at a Time, Swiss First Class is currently bookable using miles in Air Canada’s Aeroplan, which is an instant transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards.

It’s likely bookable through United as well, an instant transfer partner of Chase Ultimate Rewards.

  • Space is showing up at Aeroplan’s website and
  • In theory it isn’t supposed to, since Swiss first redemptions are only intended for elite members of the Miles & More frequent flyer program. That was a change made January 2014.
  • Much of the space is phantom, it will error out when you go to book
  • But some is real, Lucky booked Los Angeles – Zurich

So keep playing until you find space, or work with an agent on the phone to find ticketable space and then once you’ve got the reservation set up go online the Membership Rewards and transfer points into your Aeroplan account (while still on the phone).

I’m in transit to the airport, have not booked one yet myself, but wanted to make sure folks were aware of the rare opportunity. See Lucky’s discussion for more.

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  1. […] Swiss first class became bookable with partner miles briefly in 2016 And in early 2017 However later in 2017 when this happened again Swiss cancelled Aeroplan-issued tickets as a mistake But they do make partner first class awards available on their fifth freedom São Paulo – Buenos Aires route. And over the summer Newark and Boston – Zurich and Zurich – Singapore were bookable using partner miles for same-day and next-day travel. […]


  1. it is NOT all phantom … i just had a ticketed reservation with United 016 etix header for this

  2. Thanks Gary, I just redeemed 110K united miles for a one-way to Zurich. Now I just need to find a way to get back home.

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