Abu Dhabi: €763 in Business Class From Budapest With EgyptAir

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Star Alliance member airline EgyptAir is offering very reasonable business class fares from Budapest to Abu Dhabi. Prices start at €763 (~HUF 272,347) and feature a layover in Cairo.

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Very reasonable business class fares to Abu Dhabi from Budapest

From Budapest to Cairo, an A220 is being used by EgyptAir. This airplane features single-aisle 2-3 seat configuration, also in business class. The cabins are seperated by a movable divider similar to what Lufthansa does. Therefore, don’t expect more comfort in regards to the hard product. However, this airplane has just been delivered to EgyptAir, therefore it’s brand new.

The onward journey is continued with an A320neo, which is also one of the latest additions to EgyptAir’s fleet. Unfortunately, there is not much information available yet about the seat configuration. But, you could be one of the first to test this new airplane.

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Please note: EgyptAir’s business class product doesn’t have the best reputation. Mostly because of Cairo airport which isn’t the most comfortable airport to do flight connections at. And also because EgyptAir is a dry airline which means that they do not serve alcohol on their flights.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not give much information. There is no minimum stay requirement, but there is a maximum stay period of 12 months. There is no expiry date for this deal and no blackout dates.

Finding the flights is not so easy either. Unfortunately Google Flights and the ITA Airfare search do not display the fares correctly. However, you could still use the ITA Airfare search as an indicator (instructions) when prices are lowest. The lowest fare will still be around €350 (~HUF 124,930) more than tickets directly sold on EgyptAir’s website or through the various OTAs and it doesn’t always work as an indicator but it is at least some sort of help.

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Look for EgyptAir connections using the ITA Matrix search

Once you found your preferred travel dates, you can either use our Travel-Dealz search and book through the cheapest OTA or book via egyptair.com.

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 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.
  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

These tickets in EgyptAir’s business class are issued in booking class Z. The mileage accrual with most programs is excellent.

  • 13,690 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 11,340 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 11,340 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 11,340 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 8,510 Miles on Miles&More
  • 8,510 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 8,510 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 8,510 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 8,510 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 7,090 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 7,090 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 7,090 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 7,090 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 7,090 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 7,090 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 5,670 Award Miles + 940 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 5,670 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 5,670 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Hotels

Make sure to compare prices, location and just overall reviews before booking any hotels. We would advise doing that by using one of our favorite hotel booking websites:

One of our hotel vouchers and coupons may be of use as well. You can check them here:

Information & Tips for Abu Dhabi

Although overshadowed by much more famous Dubai, Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Like its northern neighbour (the cities are roughly 70 minutes apart by car), the Emirati government didn’t hesitate toi invest billions in petrol dollars to make Abu Dhabi an attractive city, for tourists in citizens alike. Among it sights is the huge and splendid Sheikh Zayed mosque and the luxurious Emirates Palace hotel. The Ferrari World theme park is famous for its breath taking high speed roller coasters.

Best time to visit

Abu Dhabu 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

Abu Dhabi Int’l airport is home to Etihad Airlines and offers numerous international nonstop services as a result. Five bus lines connect the airport to different parts of the city center, costing 4 AED (roughly €1) while taking up to 45 minutes. Since a lot of flights depart late in the evening, these buses run 24 hours, seven days a week. Further, Etihad Airways offers shuttle bus services to Dubai and Al Ain. A Taxi downtown is much more expensive, as you can expect to pay up to AED 80 (approx. €20) for a trip to the city center.

All Dealz for Abu Dhabi

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