This certainly won’t last! Per Live and Let’s Fly, at the moment Swiss first class awards are bookable using Star Alliance partner miles. This is significant because ordinarily Swiss first class is only available for elite members of the Miles & More program, so this is a spectacular opportunity. Up until 2013 Swiss first class awards were wide open to members of partner programs, though at that point they really restricted it. There was a brief moment last June when Swiss first class was bookable using partner airline miles, though we haven’t seen this happen since then.
You can redeem just 70,000 Aeroplan miles for a one-way first class booking between the US and Europe, and best of all, there are no surcharges on such a booking. Alternatively you could redeem 110,000 United MileagePlus miles.
Some Amex Membership Rewards accounts are even targeted for a 20% transfer bonus to Aeroplan, which could make this an even better deal. This certainly won’t last, so if you’re interested you’ll want to book ASAP. I see availability out of most North American gateways, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, and San Francisco. Scoring a nonstop first class award from the west coast to Europe is pretty awesome.