Thrifty Traveler Premium is reporting good availability to Zurich (from Montreal and NYC) and Geneva (from NYC) in Swiss Business Class for 2+ passengers through January. Summer flights from NYC to Geneva are wide open. There is also spotty availability from other US airport connecting through eithet YUL or NYC.
The Award prices vary by program from 60K to 73K one-way, although the lowest option would be to take advantage of the 20% transfer bonus to Avianca from Capital One that would effectively take the price down 52,500 Capital One miles.
- Non-stop business class availability from NYC to Geneva and Zurich and Montreal to Zurich on Swiss Air, including Summer.
Availability is good from June through the Summer from NYC – Geneva with some spotty dates to Zurich as well. You can find flights from Montreal in the Summer, but availability is much better in the Fall. Here’s what I found in mid-Summer when searching for one-way business from NYC to GVA on United. Note that any day showing 73K has saver availability:
Although it’s easiest to search for availability on United, that’s not the cheapest option for booking (although it may be the best if you have a ton of UA miles). Aeroplan will have the same seats at 60K and is a transfer partner of Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, Bilt and Capital One).:
Avianca LifeMiles will price out at 63K and is also a transfer partner of most of the major transferable currencies.There is currently a 20% transfer bonus to Avianca from Capital One that would effectively mean you could book these seat for 52,500 Capital One miles. Transferable currencies transfer instantly to both LifeMiles and Aeroplan.
This is an unusual amount of mid-Summer availability to Europe, so I would book ASAP if you’re interested. I haven’t flown Swiss Air personally, but the reviews on both hard and soft product are generally very good.