Oneworld member British Airways is currently selling cheap nonstop flights from London-Gatwick to San José in Costa Rica. Prices start at only £386 (~€436). Should you, however, wish to bring 23 kg of luggage on your trip, you’ll have to pay £467 (~€527). There’s quite high availability throughout most of 2021 but it seems to be highest in February and March.
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.
British Airways uses a Boeing 777 for its 11-hour flights to Costa Rica. During the flight, you’ll receive a meal and drinks.
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 economy class deal from London:
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This deal is set to expire on February 2, 2021. You can fly during the following travel periods:
- From February 8 through March 28, 2021
- From April 19 through June 27, 2021
- After August 16, 2021
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 O, meaning that you can expect the following number of miles to be credited to your account:
- 4,360 on Finnair Plus
- 2,710 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 2,710 on Iberia Plus
- 2,710 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 2,710 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 2,710 on LATAM Pass
- 2,710 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 2,710 on British Airways Executive Club
- 2,710 on American AAdvantage
- 2,710 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 2,710 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 2,710 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 2,710 on Aer Lingus AerClub
You can also expect to get a total of 40 Tier Points at the British Airways Executive Club.
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