Star Alliance member SWISS is currently selling cheap business class tickets to Dubai from Athens. Availability is fantastic with almost all dates well throughout 2021 being available. You’ll have lounge access, lie-flat seats, 2 x 32 kg of luggage, and all the other luxuries of a business class flight. While this is not necessarily the most direct way to fly to Dubai from Athens, it is a good way to earn some extra miles.
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.
From Athens, you would first fly to Zurich on an A320-family aircraft. The long-haul flight is then operated on an Airbus A330 with lie-flat seats. Flying with Lufthansa via Frankfurt is sometimes also possible for a slightly higher price.
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, this isn’t our only great deal from Athens:
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The only restriction mentioned in the fare rules is a minimum stay length of 3 days (or a Sunday). To save you some time, we’ve compiled an availability calendar showing all possible trips up to one week at the lowest fare. It will redirect you to SWISS’ booking site.
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 tickets are issued in booking class P, which on a Swiss roundtrip from Athens to Dubai should roughly get you:
- 12,500 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 9,710 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 7,770 on Air India Flying Returns
- 7,770 on SAS EuroBonus
- 7,770 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 7,770 on United MileagePlus
- 7,770 on South African Voyager
- 7,770 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 7,770 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 7,770 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 7,770 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 7,770 on LATAM Pass
- 7,770 on EgyptAir Plus
- 7,770 on TAP Miles & Go
- 7,770 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 7,770 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 7,770 on Asiana Club
- 7,420 on Miles & More
- 5,440 on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,880 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 1,840 on Asia Miles
There is no question that Lufthansa’s and SWISS’ premium cabins are among the upper half worldwide. Our author Dennis tried both business class products – you can get a glimpse of what you can expect here:
Information & Tips for Dubai
Thanks to oil billions, Dubai has created a world of splendour and glitter that is second to none. Whether it’s an artificial island or skiing in the desert, everything is possible there. Thanks to Emirates, there are non-stop flights to many destinations worldwide, from Europe you can reach Dubai within 5-6 hours even with cheap flights.
The Best Time to Visit
Dubai reaches temperatures of up to 45° in summer, and even in winter, the weather is hot. The best time to travel is from November to March when temperatures are comparatively low.
From the airport to the city
A taxi from the airport to Jumeirah Beach (where many hotels are located) costs around €13 – €17. By metro, the journey to Burj Khalifa takes about 20 minutes and costs only €1.
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Information & Tips for United Arab Emirates
Visa & Entry
Most European citizens may enter the United Arab Emirates without a visa and with their passports only to stay there as tourists as well as for business(without work) or visiting purposes for a maximum period of 90 days within 180 days.
Best Time to Visit
In April and May, the temperatures in the UAE are around 30 °C and can even climb to just close to 40 °C. You usually don’t have to expect less than 25 °C, so you can always bring your bathing suit. In June, July and August, 40 °C are standard. The most pleasant travel months are December, January, and February when temperatures rarely climb above 25 °C.
You should know that the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country. This means that Ramadan, the month of fasting, is strictly celebrated. There are usually no drinks and no food during the day, at least not in public. When booking offers during this period, you should keep that in mind.
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