SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM are selling cheap tickets to Panama City for all those who are willing to depart from one of the Italian airports that they fly to. Prices start at only €380. Luggage, however, is only included for SkyTeam Elite status holders. All others would have to pay €80 to take a piece of luggage on their trip.
A big upside of this deal: If you book the flights for this year, they’ll be fully refundable!
All Air France and KLM tickets issued for flights until December 2021 are fully refundable. You’d receive a voucher which can be refunded to your bank account. You can read more about this here. Flights in 2022 are not refundable.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. We strongly recommend gathering detailed information about the travel and quarantine restrictions that apply to your desired origin and destination.
A good start is the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website. It provides current updates on a country’s immigration policies. Even better, the Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
There’s high availability from September through November.
You can fly from the following Italian airports:
You would usually fly from Italy to Paris, from where Air France would fly you to Panama City on one of their Boeing 787-Dreamliners. Air France has personal screens in its economy class, as well as power sockets so that you can charge your devices. You can also purchase internet access, should you wish to stay connected during your flight. In some cases, you can also fly with KLM via Amsterdam.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
By the way, we also offer some other deals for Italy:
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This deal expires on August 2, 2021. The two restrictions are that the trip needs to be at least 4 days long (or a Sunday), and they need to take place before July 18 or from August 18 until December 12. There are also some available dates between January 6 and March 31.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The flights between Italy and Amsterdam/Paris are issued in booking class L, while the long-haul flights are issued in booking class X. You can expect the following mileage when flying from Turin via Paris with Air France:
- 3,046 Award Miles + 11,762 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,654 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 2,654 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 2,510 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 1,084 Award Miles + 34 XP on FlyingBlue
- 1,000 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 644 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 572 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 572 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 500 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 500 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 458 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 356 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 356 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 356 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 356 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 356 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 356 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 356 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 356 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
Information & Tips for Panama
Panama is the safest and most developed country in Central America. Thanks to the construction of the Panama Canal, the country experienced a strong economic boom and is now considered an important trade destination. Tourists also get their money’s worth thanks to the numerous natural sights and the capital Panama City.
Best Time to Visit
Winter between December and March is the best time for a trip to Panama. This is the dry season where temperatures are moderate and humidity relatively low. However, you should be aware that prices are significantly higher at this time of year. On the Caribbean (East) coast the weather is always a bit rainy and warmer than on the Pacific (West) coast of the country. From May to November there can be strong tropical storms with high wind speeds and massive amounts of precipitation.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 180 days and can enter with a passport. Please note that in some cases a return flight ticket or a certificate of onward travel is required on entry. Consult with your country’s state department or ministry of foreign affairs for the exact regulations.
The national currency of Panama is the Balboa (PAB). It is anchored 1:1 to the US Dollar exchange rate (USD), i.e. one Balboa is always equal to one US Dollar. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% for payment in Balboa or Dollars. Credit cards are accepted relatively widely, and the US Dollar is virtually as widespread as the Balboa.
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