Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is currently selling cheap tickets for its economy class services to Nairobi, Kenya departing from Oslo. You can book your round-trip with a layover in Istanbul at prices starting around €355 (~NOK 3,586). All prices include board service and 30 kg of luggage. You will find these fares until December 2021, except during the classic vacation periods.
Prices have gone up by at least 25€
You would first fly to Istanbul on an Airbus A321, before then flying to Nairobi on a Boeing 737. You’ll be served hot meals on both flights, enjoy in-seat in-flight-entertainment, and will be able to take 30 kg of luggage with you.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal from Oslo:
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According to the fare rules, tickets will be sold until May 9, 2021. There is a minimum stay requirement of three days (or a Sunday). The maximum you can visit is for three months. You need to start your trip before December 15, 2021 (blackout-periods during the vacations apply).
Google Flights (instructions) will help you find cheap connections. Once you’ve found the dates that work best for you, we suggest booking directly with Turkish Airlines to take advantage of their current cancellation and rebooking regulations.
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 flights are issued in booking class U – a booking class that only Turkish Airlines’ own program gives miles for. To be exact – 2,240 miles.
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