SkyTeam carrier Air France offers decently priced business class trips from Amsterdam to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, starting at €1,243. These tickets include lounge access, priority access and lie-flat seats on the long haul segments along with more room, better food and service. All flights require a stop in Paris or Panama City each way.
At KLM & Air France, all tickets can still be rebooked without a change fee, but you will unfortunately now have to pay the price difference. You can also exchange the flights for a non-refundable voucher, valid for 1 year. Unfortunately, the option to have the value of the voucher paid out to your bank account no longer exists since March 1st. You can read the rules here.
Our calendar shows you all possible round trips below €1,400 for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to KLM.com to benefit from the SkyTeam carrier’s refund policy that makes all tickets before June 30, 2022, fully refundable.
KLM sends a Boeing 777-300ER from Amsterdam to Panama City. Onwards, Panama’s national carrier and Star Alliance member Copa Airlines takes you from Panama City to Santo Domingo. There are also connections with a stop in Paris, which might be more appealing for SkyTeam frequent flyers.
By now, modern seats have also become the norm at KLM. Its business class is definitely not a bad choice, also thanks to the good service. Like many other airlines, the Boeing 787 always has the newest business class seats installed.
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This deal expires on February 10, 2022. It is valid for flights before October 31, 2022. You need to respect a minimum stay requirement of six days (or a Sunday). Available is pretty good overall, strongest during the Summer Holidays and fizzles out in October.
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 airlines issue long haul segments in booking class O. You can earn the following mileage on the long haul flights alone, without accounting for the additional Copa Airlines segment:
- 10,954 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 10,952 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
- 5,478 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 4,400 Award Miles + 72 XP on FlyingBlue
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