Latvian carrier airBaltic is currently promoting a very attractive sale for almost all of its services between Western Europe and its hubs in Riga and Vilnius. Roundtrips start for as little as €53 from Oslo to Riga, and many more routes are available for less than €100. The promotion runs until October 18, 2021.
All mentioned fares 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.
The European Union’s website reopen.europa.eu is a reliable source for information ahead of intracontinental travel.
While there are plenty of possibilities to find cheap flights, we have compiled some highlights. Most of the offers are valid in both directions. So this offer is equally attractive for people living in and wanting to visit Latvia or Lithuania.
- Oslo – Riga at €55
- Berlin – Vilnius at €57
- Manchester – Riga at €59
- London – Riga at €62
- Stockholm – Riga at €66
- London – Vilnius at €70
- Edinburgh – Riga at €75
- Dublin – Riga at €80
And these are just the nonstop flights. If you are willing to change planes in Riga, even more destinations are possible.
airBaltic’s fleet exclusively consists of brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft with a 2-3 seating in economy. A cabin bag up to 8 kg is included in each ticket. Food and beverages have to be purchased on board.
Search & Book
According to the promotion’s landing page, the sale ends on October 18, 2021. The travel period ends in October 2021, whoever many of the cheap tickets show availability into 2022.
You can use Google Flights to find more destinations or browse the aforementioned landing page. More often than not, airBaltic sells the cheapest tickets itself, so there is no need to add the risk of booking via an OTA.
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.