Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: €1,094 Star Alliance Business Class from Paris

Dominican Republic

Star Alliance members Air Canada, SWISS and other Lufthansa group airlines offer cheap business class flights to Punta Cana from Paris. Most itineraries involve one stop in Toronto or Montreal. All fares include two checked bags.

While the price is very attractive, there are some downsides to this deal. Most connections feature two layovers in at least one direction. Others have extended waiting periods during the layovers. And in most cases, at least one long flight is operated by Eurowings Discover or Air Canada Rouge, severely limiting how many miles you can earn with these tickets.

Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates for less than €1,300 for trips up to 28 days. it will forward you to the Travel-Dealz flight search.

The search results above only show flight dates with a travel time of 20 hours max both ways. Availabilities are much broader if you are willing to accept longer stopovers.

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Air Canada offers cheap business class flights from Paris to Punta Cana

Most flights include a transatlantic flight to Toronto or Montreal and then an Air Canada Rouge flight to Punta Cana. On some days, you can even find a mainline Air Canada Dreamliner on the shorter flight. The long flights could be on Boeing 777s, Airbus A330s and Boeing 787s.

There are also cases in which you get a short transfer flight to Frankfurt before boarding and Eurowings Discover Airbus A330 to the Caribbean. Some of the cheapest tickets require you to fly via Toronto and Vienna, while other routings involve a stop in Zurich, crossing the Atlantic Ocean on SWISS’ subsidiary Edelweiss.

Out of the named options, Eurowings certainly offers the worst long-haul premium product.

The Canadian Star Alliance member Air Canada has three business class versions: an old one, which is mostly disappearing, and two modern versions. We can recommend the flights in the Boeing 787, as you’ll be guaranteed a business class experience which is up to the current expectations. Travel-Dealz founder Johannes flew from Copenhagen to Toronto with the 787-Dreamliner and was generally very satisfied.

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A business class seat in Air Canada’s Boeing 787

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, this deal comes without an expiration date. The offer is valid for travel commencing between December 2022 and April 2023, but availabilities are limited to travel in February and march. There is no minimum stay.

Our availability calendar above is your best tool to look for trips. It will forward you to the Travel-Dealz flight search where you can book the cheapest fare. You can also use Google Flights (instructions), although it doesn’t show the punctual prices. Unfortunately, you can’t book these fares on airlines’ websites.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Better Customer Service
    In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.

    This especially applies to 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

You will get tickets issued in booking class P. On an Air Canada flight with a Toronto transfer, you would get the following mileage:

  • 22,512 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 22,380 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 22,380 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 22,380 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 16,786 Award Miles + 3,356 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 16,786 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 16,786 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 16,786 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 16,786 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 14,546 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 13,988 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 13,988 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 13,988 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 11,190 Miles on Miles&More
  • 11,190 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 11,190 Award Miles + 480 Points on Miles&More 2024
  • 11,190 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 11,190 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 11,190 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Since there are many routing and operating carriers involved, our Mileage Calculator should be of great help:

Destination

Hotel prices in Punta Cana usually start at roughly €50, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Cover Picture: © Maciej Czekajewski - fotolia.com

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Comments (3)

  1. Taipan says:

    Is a layover in Toronto or Montréal possibile?

  2. Pit says:

    Availability is best during the hurricane season…

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