As frequent flyers, on a short hop to Europe or exploring the far East and West of the Globe, we’re always in search of a bargain to travel in style! The joy of travelling should start from getting to the airport, and we got hooked on the trappings of business class travel and everything that comes with it; lounges, lie-flat beds, food & wine, and free-flowing champagne! We’ve come to realise that traveling in style doesn’t have to break the bank.

Neither of us are millionaires and we’re continually looking to achieve our flying dreams by spending as little cash as we can. Be it a seat sale or miles redemption for reward flights, we tend to let our wallets tell us where we’re going next rather than having a fixed agenda...

So, if you’re looking for flight & accommodation reviews, flight deals, and budget luxury travel tips & tricks then you have come to the right place. Welcome to BoardingGroup.One

Swiss Business Class cabin

For the first time in what seems like forever, there are some really good long-haul business class prices from London! The January sales have been improving on the initial poor show, with Swiss now showing up to the party with a supremely cheap companion deal from London Heathrow to Hong Kong in business class, via Zurich.

The best bit is this deal properly ticks our box for how much you should pay for a business class seat.

Destinations

Return prices in business class via Zurich

From London Heathrow

  • Hong Kong £1,081 (€1,260)
  • Hong Kong £2,050 in first class (€2,390)
  • Bangkok £1,186 (€1,385)
  • Phuket £1,206 (€1,408)
  • Singapore £1,310 (€1,530) – there is very limited availability showing for this in November.

Itineraries from London City are available at similar prices, as are options where you can fly Lufthansa one way and Swiss on the return.

The Catch

There’s a short layover in Zurich, giving you enough time to try the Swiss Business lounge. The long-haul leg is a strange 1-2-2 configuration, which means unless you pay £150+ to prebook one of the famed “throne seats” you’ll be sat next to someone else (there’s a two feet of space and a small divider between you) rather than being in a cocoon of your own. Make sure you bring someone you like with you and you’ll be fine!

The business cabin on Swiss 777

Aside from that, we can’t see much not to like about a London Heathrow to Hong Kong (business class) deal for £1,081!

Travel Dates

There is very good availability to Hong Kong between the end of January 2020 and 10 December 2020.

Small Print

This ticket is non-changeable and non-refundable – except in the event of death, when we’d expect you’ve got bigger things on your plate than getting the money back for this ticket. You also need to find someone to travel with you.

  • Departure points: London
  • Book by: 3 February 2020
  • Travel until: 10 December 2020
  • Minimum stay: 6 days to include a Sunday night
  • Weekend departures: Very limited Saturday and Sundays
  • Sectors: 2 each way
  • Booking class: P
  • Stopovers: Not permitted.
  • Frequent flyer points accrual: Yes. 125% miles flown
  • Refundable: No.
  • Changes after booking: No.

How to Book

Swiss have published the price on a special web page. It can also help you find availability: Visit the Swiss promotional companion fare page.

We use the Google Flights calendar feature to find the cheap travel dates. Handily, you can then complete the booking directly through Google (read more about how that works here). Remember, this is a companion deal, so you need to search for 2 passengers. You won’t see the discounted fares if you only search for one.

These prices are for two people (i.e. £1,081 per person)

Where to credit the Points?

Swiss is part of Star Alliance, so we’d recommend crediting to Miles & More or KrisFlyer.

BG1 Verdict

We rate this deal a strong BUY. So much, in fact, that we’ve booked it ourselves!

We also rate the £2,050 fare in first a good deal.

BG1 Tip

Swiss allow free seat selection at the time of booking, BUT if you’re after one of the solitary “throne” seats on their 1-2-2 aircraft, expect to pay a whopping £168 to reserve it.

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