Swissair: 20K miles for r/t to Europe?

Jul 3rd, 2001, 07:48 AM
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Swissair: 20K miles for r/t to Europe?

Is it REALLY just 20,000 miles for a free coach round-trip ticket to Europe on Swissair? What's the catch? Blackout dates, availability?
I live on the west coast, and a trip to Europe will usually earn me about 11,000 miles. On Swissair, it would be avery third trip free! I also can't help but notice that they are American Express Membership Rewards partner... Sounds too good to be true...
Jul 6th, 2001, 03:32 AM
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The Swissair qualiflyer scheme is good, but not that good. 20,000 miles gets you a free INTRA-EUROPE flight (actually Europe and North Africa). I think free flights to the US start at between 60,000 and 80,000 air miles. There doesn't seem to be many blackout dates, but only a few seats on each flight are available for free flights, so if travelling at a weekend or peak vacation time, it is best to book the free seats many many months in advance.
Jul 6th, 2001, 11:33 AM
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I think you read something wrong. Most airlines (and I use British Airways) want 40,000 for a free coach ticket. BA is pretty good, no black out dates! 40,000 is off peak, during summer months it is 60,000. I'm sure the 20,000 is intra-Europe as the last poster said.
Jul 6th, 2001, 06:14 PM
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I really wouldn't use my miles to go to Europe. There are so many good sales and packages that it really isn't a good deal. I am using my miles to go to Hawaii. I live on the east coast and Hawaii is NEVER on sale here. But regarding your post... I just recently noticed that airlines have gotten pretty good at putting fine print on their websites. The USAIR site even has footnotes in the frequent flyer section!
Jul 9th, 2001, 04:08 PM
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Thanks for everyone who's responded. I did misread the Swissair's scheme, 20K is for the intra-Europe travel, and 60K is for the N. America to Europe, which is not the cheapest.

For S! - it all depends where you live. I live on the West coast, and tickets to Europe sometimes are over $1,000 for coach, and for those, I would definetly use my miles. On the other hand, Hawaii is often on sale here. I've been known to get SFO-HNL ticket for $280 r/t. Recently, though, I became more interested in So. Pacific, which would make using miles worth while, except they ask for waaaay too much miles...
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