Back in September, Star Alliance was having a crazy error fare on Air Canada, Lufthansa, SWISS, and United – you could book Business Class from a few European cities to San Francisco, round-trip, for less than $800 USD. From all of those four airlines, I would argue that SWISS has the best Business Class – especially considering they fly their new Boeing 777-300ER to San Francisco from Zurich. Naturally, I booked quite a few of these error fare tickets on both Lufthansa and SWISS – and I upgraded the SWISS Business Class tickets to SWISS First Class.
I currently hold Lufthansa Miles & More Senator status and I consider Miles & More to be the best frequent flyer programme as you can book the world’s best First Class (Lufthansa) whenever you want – not only that, space is usually wide open for Senator and HON Circle Members. Furthermore, Miles & More has generous routing rules on round-trip awards – and if you know which airlines and routes to book, you can save a ton of money on fuel surcharges.
I booked a few of these error fare tickets as next year I need to re-qualify for Senator status, which requires 100k Status Miles in one year. Miles & More is unique in that you don’t need to re-qualify every year as the status is always valid for a minimum of two years. However, now that I’ve booked a few of these tickets (which will each earn me around 18k miles), I am thinking of qualifying for Miles & More HON Circle status – which is Lufthansa’s top-tier status that requires 600k HON Circle Miles over two years (essentially 300k each year). HON Circle Miles can only be earned when flying in First or Business Class on fully-integrated Miles & More partner airlines.
Either way, I upgraded most of my $800 SWISS Business Class error fare tickets to SWISS First Class using Miles & More eVouchers. While the error fare tickets all booked into “Business P” class, SWISS provides an exception – all Business Class tickets can be upgraded to First Class using miles or eVouchers – even the cheap ones. When flying Lufthansa, cheap Business Class tickets cannot be upgraded – this is part of the reason why I booked more SWISS Business Class than Lufthansa Business Class tickets. SWISS also has a much better Business Class than Lufthansa (though that will change in 2020). With all that being said, SWISS First Class isn’t actually any better than Lufthansa First Class (it isn’t that great, honestly).
I am still thinking about going for HON Circle status, on one hand it will be much cheaper to do so on these error fare tickets than it would normally cost, but on the other, I still would need to book a lot of more tickets to achieve the full 600k HON Circle miles. But then again, HON Circle status is amazing.. and I would have a ton of Miles & More miles…
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