Swiss is offering passengers traveling on Ski Holidays the opportunity to travel with their equipment at no additional charge. Not only do you get your first checked bag for free, you can also check your Ski equipment for free as well. Your ski equipment can include a pair of skis or a snowboard, poles, boots, helmet and a pair of boots.
In addition to this benefit, passengers travelling on SWISS can use “FLY RAIL” and have their Ski equipment checked through all the way to their final Ski Resort destination if traveling by rail or bus to the resort once you arrive in Switzerland. “FLY RAIL” is a fantastic program since you will not have to handle your bulky ski equipment and luggage in a Swiss airport. You can simply board your train or bus and your luggage will follow behind you.
There is a small cost involved for using the FLY RAIL service, and discounts apply for First Class, Senator/HON members, Business Class and Frequent Traveler passengers:
FIRST CLASS, SENATOR / HON — FREE OF CHARGE
BUSINESS CLASS / FREQUENT TRAVELER — CHF12 PER PIECE OF LUGGAGE (CHF 10 Discount off of normal fee)
ECONOMY CLASS — CHF22 (which is the normal FLY RAIL FEE)
For more information on FLY RAIL, please click here.
To learn more about SWISS’ Ski Holiday opportunities, please click here.
Starting January 1, Lufthansa will offer Personal Assitants to help HON Circle Members and First Class Passengers who fly to certain Lufthansa destinations world-wide. These assistants will meet passengers at their plane upon arrival and help escort them through immigration and passport control, baggage claim AND accompany them to their connecting gate should the passenger have onward travel.
To a large extent, similar benefits are already in place for HON Circle members in most markets, however it seems that they are standardizing the program and expanding it to include First Class passengers.
The program will be available at most non-European destinations where Lufthansa has scheduled flights. Additionally, a HON Circle member DOES NOT need to be flying in any specific cabin class to have the Personal Assistant help them when they arrive. Keep in mind that this program only applies to Lufthansa operated flights.
I really welcome this program since it adds that personal touch to a travel experience. Many times when I left a Lufthansa flight after flying in First, the abrupt shock of being in an airport without priority services was sometimes a bit harsh. This helps make up for it very nicely!
Though the program is set to begin January 1, it may take the entire month of January to have the Personal Assistants in place throughout the network. Also, due to the sheer volume of traffic, Personal Assistants WILL NOT be available in Frankfurt or Munich. But honestly, the First Class Lounges and First Class Terminal quickly makes up for that!
To help celebrate Germany’s Reunification Day, SWISS has discounted their travel vouchers by 10% for travel to Germany. Only 1000 vouchers are available at the discount price so act quickly if your travel plans fall within the voucher’s validity period. A CHF200 voucher can be purchased for CHF180 and a CHF 100 voucher can be purchased for CHF90
The discounted vouchers are available until supplies last and are redeemable until Friday, 5 October at 12:00p (CET).
The vouchers are valid for travel until January 3 and are for flights from Switzerland to Berlin, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Hanover, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg or Munich. All travel must take place on SWISS operate flights.
To Purchase you voucher, please visit the SWISS Voucher Sale Website.
Athens-Barcelona effective with the winter timetable will be reduced from 5x/week to 3x/week.
Athens-Budapest effective with the winter timetable is CANCELED.
Athens-Budapest will operate 5x/week from December 20 to January 11 (aside from the canceled route).
Athens-Madrid effective January 10 is CANCELED.
Athens-Moscow effective with the winter timetable will increase from 1x/week to 2x/week.
Athens-Prague effective December 20 to January 13 will increase from 3x/week to 6x/week.
Athens-Vienna effective December 20 to January 12 will increase from 5x/week to 1x/DAY.
Edmonton–London(LHR) effective October 28 will be reduced from 4x/week to 3x/week.
Toronto-Copenhagen effective December 17 to January 6 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Toronto-Copenhagen effective January 7 to February 17 will be reduced from 4x/week to 3x/week.
Toronto-Copenhagen effective February 18 to March 29 will increase from 3x/week to 4x/week.
Montreal–Geneva effective December 14 to December 23 will increase from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Montreal-Geneva effective December 24 to February 17 will be reduced from 6x/week to 5x/week.
Montreal-Geneve effective February 18 to March 29 will increase from 5x/week to 6x/week.
Tokyo(NRT)-San Jose(SJC) effective January 11 will BEGIN 5x/week service (new 787 aircraft).
Tokyo(HND)-Iwakuni effective December 13 will BEGIN 4x/day service.
Hirshima-Okinawa effective December 13 will be reduced from 2x/day to 1x/day.
Miyako–Ishigaki effective October 28 will resume 1x/day service.
Nagoya Chubu-Ishigaki effective January 8 will resume 1x/day service.
Nagoya Chubu–Okinawa effective October 28 will increase from 4x/day to 5x/day.
Nagoya Chubu-Okinawa effective January 8 will decrease from 5x/day to 4x/day.
Nagoya Chubu-Sapporo effective October 28 will be reduced from 8x/day to 7x/day.
Okinawa–Ishigaki effective January 8 will be reduced from 10x/day to 9x/day.
Osaka Itami–Kumamoto effective October 28 will increase from 5x/day to 6x/day.
Osaka Kansai–Ishigaki effective October 28 will resume 1x/day service.
Sapporo Chitose–Hiroshima effective December 13 will resume 1x/day service.
Sapporo Chitose–Monbetsu effective October 28 will resume 1x/day service.
Sapporo Chitose–Okinawa effective October 28 will resume 1x/day service.
Tokyo(HND)–Hakodate effective December 13 will be reduced from 3x/day to 2x/day.
Tokyo(HND)–Hiroshima effective December 13 will be reduced from 9x/day to 8x/day.
Tokyo(HND)–Kobe effective December 13 will be reduced from 3x/day to 2x/day.
Tokyo(HND)–Monbetsu effective October 28 to January 31 1x/day service is CANCELED.
Tokyo(HND)–Sapporo effective October 28 will increase from 17x/day to 18x/day.
Tokyo(HND)–Yonago effective October 1 will increase from 5x/day to 6x/day.
Tokyo(HND)–Yonago effective December 13 will be reduced from 6x/day to 5x/day.
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Using Spain’s victory at the 2012 Euro Cup as a backdrop for this fare sale, SWISS is offering attractive fares to Spanish destinations from Zurich, Geneva, Basel & Lugano:
Fares from Zurich to Barcelona, Valencia and Madrid start frm CHF 189 (€150).
Fares from Geneva to Madrid and Barcelona start from CHF 139 (€115).
Fares from Lugano to Valencia start from CHF 199 (€165).
Tickets must be booked between now and July 9 and travel must be completed between July 15 and September 30.
For more information on specific fares for specific dates along with other Spanish destinations, please visit the Swiss Fare Sale Webpage.
For those of you in a position to take advantage of a 1 day fare special from Vienna, you can book Vienna-Dusseldorf for €99 or Vienna-Lviv for €129. Travel must be booked by Midnight July 2 and travel must occur between July 6 and 9, making it a decent weekend “getaway” fare.
From other Austrian cities, the fares to to these two destinations are €50 higher. Seats are limited so if you can take advantage of the fare sale, please go to Austrian’s website to take advantage of the offer.
Earlier today via a press release, Lufthansa provided an update to it’s “BALANCE” initiatives that included news about a new record that Lufthansa set as far as fuel efficiency of their fleet.
According to the press release, Lufthansa was able to reduce fuel consumption to 1.104 gallons per 100-passenger kilometers. In other words, it took Lufthansa 1.104 gallons to carry 1 passenger 100 kilometers. Impressive if you consider what is involved.
The annual BALANCE report is designed to report on Lufthansa’s corporate stewardship as far as environmental responsibility, fleet management, economic sustainability, workplace diversity and corporate citizenship are concerned for the previous year.
The 110 page report is full of information on all segments of the Lufthansa Group and is actually a very worthwhile read. Especially worthwhile if you want to learn more about what the Lufthansa Group is doing behind the scenes as we fly on their aircraft. To down a .PDF copy of the report, please click HERE.
In a very close match, determined by a difference of only 2 votes, Singapore has edged out Hong Kong to win this year’s Airport World Cup. I thought Hong Kong would have had an easy time of it, but Singapore voters rallied late and gave Singapore the edge.
Thanks again to everyone who participated in voting for their favorite airports!!
We’ve finally reached the Championship Match for the Airport World Cup and it promises to be an outstanding contest. Hong Kong and Singapore have battled through their competitors and are now set to face off against each other for the title. Thanks again to everyone who has particpated.
Hong Kong (HKG) vs. Singapore (SIN)
- Singapore (SIN) (51%, 38 Votes)
- Hong Kong (HKG) (49%, 36 Votes)
Total Voters: 74
Should there be a tie, I will use a “best out of 7″ random number generator overtime to determine the winner.
The match will end on June 7 at 8:00p US Eastern Time.
The last Semi-Final match has Singapore squaring off against Amsterdam. The match will end on 31 May at 8:00p US eastern time.
Singapore (SIN) vs. Amsterdam (AMS)
- Singapore (SIN) (75%, 50 Votes)
- Amsterdam (AMS) (25%, 17 Votes)
Total Voters: 67
So far things have fallen into place predictably but its setting up for a fantastic final regardless of who advances.
For the Semi-Final, if a match results in a tie, I will run a “best out of 5″ random number generator “overtime” to determine the winner.
As always, thanks for your participation!