For the past 9 years Swiss has only made its first class award space available to top elite members of the Miles & More frequent flyer program. So if you have United, Air Canada, Avianca or other Star Alliance miles you’ve been shut out from redeeming for this product.
While Lufthansa, which shares common ownership with Swiss, has been opening up award space in first class to partners within 14 days of departure, even that wasn’t an option with Swiss. However there have been some exceptions:
- Swiss first 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.
Now there’s been same day/next day space available for Newark – Zurich and Boston – Zurich and connecting space onward Zurich – Singapore.
This has been bookable. It is not phantom space. And since it is last minute only there’s no reason to think it is a mistake. They’ve been willing to open space on a limited basis in the past (and even currently, with fifth freedom routes) without calling it a mistake and even without closing off the option. Note that this space doesn’t appear to be bookable using Air Canada Aeroplan or Avianca LifeMiles points at the moment. I haven’t checked redemptions using other Star Alliance programs.
(HT: cfischer via Dan’s Deals)