Free upgrade to 1st class Swiss Pass

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Arno
Arno
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Feb 18, 2011 - 8:44 AM

Dear travelers,

Are you planning to travel in Switzerland before July? Our partner Rail Europe offers a free upgrade to 1st class if you order no later than April 13, 2011. This promotion is offered for Swiss Passes and Swiss Saver Passes of 8, 15, 22 days and 1 month. The last travel day for these upgraded passes is June 30, 2011.

Please click your (nearest) country for more information and ordering:

- Argentina
- Australia
- Brazil
- Hong Kong
- India
- Israel
- Japan
- New Zealand
- Singapore
- South Africa

Enjoy your rides in the Swiss Alps!

Last modified on Aug 23, 2014 - 9:23 AM by Arno
neel60
neel60
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Feb 21, 2011 - 4:04 AM
Dear Arno,
If I have a swiss family pass(for a child of age 15 yrs) with the adult swiss saver pass, will the child also be eligible for upgrade to first class?
Thanks
Regards
Neel
Arno
Arno
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Feb 21, 2011 - 12:39 PM
Hello Neel,

I'm 99% sure you can just use your Swiss Family Pass, but I'll check with Rail Europe and post back here.
neel60
neel60
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Feb 22, 2011 - 2:05 AM
Thanks . Eagerly awaiting your reply.
Neel
Tommy
Tommy
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Feb 22, 2011 - 2:33 PM
Hi,
We currently have purchased a an 8 days swiss pass, so is it possible to upgrade it now, or is it only for new purchases?
Arno
Arno
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Feb 22, 2011 - 3:01 PM
Hi Tommy,

I'm sorry, this is for new purchases only.
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Feb 22, 2011 - 4:04 PM
Yeah, I find these promotions annoying. Why only for people from certain countries? I bought my Swiss Pass early for a trip in May, so I lose out. Doesn't seem right.
Arno
Arno
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Feb 22, 2011 - 4:39 PM
Hi StoneTramp. I see what you mean. I can't answer it on behalf of Rail Europe though. They do offer quite a lot of discounts and other promotions, but not for Switzerland all the time. Currently, there are also Eurail promotions for US travelers, for example. The upgrade offer such as this one has been available in the UK and Ireland in the past, through another reseller. Anyway, hopefully you'll be able to benefit from a future promotion. Enjoy your traveling!
shyam99
shyam99
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Feb 24, 2011 - 7:28 PM
Hello Arno,

I am new to this forum and found this blog/website informative. I am an Indian citizen and my wife is a canadian. If I order Swiss Rail pass for 15 consecutive days, as per the promotion I will get a free upgrade. My question is - will my wife get free upgrade too?

Can you please clarify?

Thanks,
Shyam
Arno
Arno
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Feb 25, 2011 - 2:10 AM
Hi Shyam,

I'm glad you like our website. Thanks! You can purchase an upgraded Swiss Saver Pass for 2 people so that you can both enjoy 1st class traveling.
Arno
Arno
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Mar 1, 2011 - 10:29 AM
In regard to Neel's question: this promotion can be used with a Swiss Family Card. So you can order the upgrade to 1st class, and once in Switzerland, you can get the free Swiss Family Card at any manned station. This allows your children up to 15 years old to travel along for free.
kalmas777
kalmas777
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Mar 3, 2011 - 3:51 AM
Dear Moderator,
Thank you for the informative forum.I need some info regarding the free upgrade.
I plan to purchase two Swiss Saver pass and a single Swiss Youth saver pass for my travelling starting 26 June 2011 to 5 July 2011. I have three question here :
1. Is the Swiss Youth Saver pass entitle for the free upgrade or should I just purchase three Swiss Saver Pass ?
2. Me and my traveling companion are all Malaysia citizen, so according to your info we are entitle for the free upgrade,
can i make the purchase online and pick up the ticket in USA as my pick up address and payment in US Dollar ??
3. As my travel date beginning near the end of June and ends at the beginning of July, will the free upgrade cover this
period.

Thank you very much for your reply.
Arno
Arno
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Mar 4, 2011 - 3:29 AM
Hello kalmas777,

Thanks for your compliments! As for your questions:

1. No, there is no upgraded Swiss Youth Pass available.
2. Rail Europe in Singapore only ships to Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. You can order through their US website, but they don't offer this upgrade there. They do have other promotions such as a free extra travel day on (1st class) Eurail Select Passes.
3. No, it will cover the period up to June 30. That's the last travel day for these upgraded passes.
kalmas777
kalmas777
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Mar 4, 2011 - 1:26 PM
Thank you very much for your reply. Is the online price for the Swiss Saver Pass the same as the one sold at the station.
I wondered if to purchase online or wait until i arrived. Thanks.
Arno
Arno
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Mar 5, 2011 - 2:52 AM
Hi kalmas777,

Prices are different locally in Switzerland and through the several resellers. In your case, an online purchase would be cheaper. For example: an 8-day Swiss Saver Pass for 3 people currently costs $ 975 online or $ 1,054.50 in Switzerland. You can click your country (US in this case) on the Swiss Pass page to find prices and to order.
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Mar 9, 2011 - 3:32 PM
Hi,

We are planning to visit Swiss in June, my question is as follows -:

- I am an Indian citizen, currently working in Germany, can i avail this upgrade offer as i have a Indian passport.

- Can i request for a delivery in Germany or it can be only requested in India.

- Do i need to make a payment in INR? Can i pay by credit card

- Can i use this offer for my travel
Arno
Arno
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Mar 10, 2011 - 1:10 AM
Hi linadalal,

Yes, you qualify for this offer. Please note that they will ship to India only. Payment is in INR and various credit cards are accepted. You can click the link "India" in my post to see further details.
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Mar 10, 2011 - 2:40 AM
Hi Arno,

Many thanks.

So we can avail this offer, even if currently we are residing and working in Germany.

With respect to the offer, as i understand with this pass if i buy a 8day 2nd class swiss travel pass i can commute in 1st class automatically across all swiss public transport and scenic trains?

Are there any other requierements before travel,
like activation of pass or
upgrade stamping formalities before travelling,
or any addittional charges like extra reservation costs in 1st class beyond normal charges as part of the offer.

Are there any other costs ?

Regards,

Lina
Arno
Arno
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Mar 10, 2011 - 2:49 AM
Hi Lina,

The offer means that you'll pay the 2nd class price but you will receive a normal 1st class pass. So yes, you can use all public transport as indicated on the map we link to from the Swiss Pass page. The pass needs to be activated by railway personnel at any Swiss station. Seat reservations should be purchased separately if you want to travel on a train that requires them.
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 4:35 PM by Arno
deepanker
deepanker
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Mar 14, 2011 - 12:59 PM
Hello,

I and my wife would be travelling on the following routes
Zurich-lucerne-interlaken-zermatt- st mortiz-zurich.

we wish to travel by glacier express also.

Please guide is the upgraded swiss pass will support these routes and the glacier express.

We will be travelling between 10 and 25 may.

Thank you

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