SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM are selling cheap flights from various UK airports to Punta Cana, Havana, Accra, Nairobi, and Rio de Janeiro. The cheapest prices can be found for flights from Birmingham, Manchester, and London. Other UK airports are also available but at a slightly higher price. Luggage is not included (unless you’re a SkyTeam status holder) and would cost another £60 (~€70) for the entire trip.
If you book these flights for within 2021, they’ll be fully refundable.
There’s (sometimes quite limited) availability between September 1 through December 14, 2021, or from January 1 until April 30, 2022.
These are the cheapest flights we could find:
- Punta Cana: £319 (~€370)
- Accra: £321 (~€373)
- Rio de Janeiro: £323 (~€375)
- Havana: £334 (~€388)
- Nairobi: £337 (~€391)
- and more…
You would first fly to either Paris or Amsterdam and then fly on to your final destination. Both KLM and Air France offer roughly the same service, with meals and drinks being included and the seats being quite fine.
By the way, we also have many other deals for economy class flights departing from the UK:
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This sale will expire on May 25, 2021. Your flights may take place from September 1 through December 14, 2021, or from January 1 until April 30, 2022. You will, however, have to respect the minimum stay requirement of 5 days (or a Sunday).
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 short flights between the UK and Amsterdam/Paris are issued in booking class L, while the long-haul flights are issued in booking class G. Flying from Birmingham to Punta Cana via Paris (and back) should roughly get you:
- 3,320 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 3,222 Kilometers on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 2,760 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 2,700 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 2,504 Award Miles + 9,798 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 2,504 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 2,404 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 2,260 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 2,260 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 2,064 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 2,064 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 2,064 Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 2,064 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 2,064 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 2,064 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 2,064 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 2,064 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 600 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 556 Award Miles + 30 XP on FlyingBlue
- 488 Kilometers on China Eastern Eastern Miles
Source: flynous – Thanks!
Cover Picture: © Christophe Leroux Air France