Normally Swiss first class awards are only available to Miles & More Senator and HON Circle members, and those elites must book by phone. However right now Swiss first class awards are wide open, bookable online, by anyone using Lufthansa’s Miles & More miles – no elite status required. Note that this space is generally still not available to partner airline frequent flyer programs.
The award space is not bookable if you search just to or from Zurich. Instead you need a connection. So Chicago – Zurich – Munich works. Frankfurt – Zurich – Dubai works. Frankfurt – Zurich – Tokyo works. Availability is really good for December and January, and also October 2023. Reader Joachim pointed me to German-language blog Meilenoptimieren.com which was first to notice this.
Occasionally we’ve seen Swiss first class bookable more broadly than official policy.
- 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.
I cannot say how long Swiss will make first class redemptions available to all Miles & More members, or even that they will not have ‘sellers remorse’. There’s no discount here, of course, just a redemption opportunity they do not normally offer.