Etihad Airways has put some decent prices on flights from Amsterdam to Phuket. The €399 economy class ticket includes a checked bag up 23 kg as well as famously good board service. A change of planes in Abu Dhabi is necessary both ways.
Due to Etihad’s generous rebooking policies, you are able to change your travel date and destinations without further cost.
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.
Our availability calendars show all flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days in each booking class. It will forward you to Etihad’s website or to our flight search. You can save up to €30 when booking via an OTA.
Etihad Airways uses new Boeing 787 aircraft on all of these flights, with a 3-3-3 seating pattern in economy class.
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This deal is available until November 14, 2021 for travel up to March 26, 2022. A minimum stay of three nights applies to get the lowest fare. You may not stay longer than three months.
You can find additional flight dates on Google Flights. We recommend booking directly on Etihad’s website to benefit from the rebooking policy without much hassle. On the other hand, our flight search shows you online travel agencies that sell these tickets as cheap as €369.
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.
Rebooking These Tickets
According to EtihadHub.com, you can change your travel date and even destinations (within a certain radius) without any additional costs. This goodwill policy covers tickets with travel dates before May 31, 2022. While a bunch of FlyerTalk users claim to have done this successfully, we can’t guarantee it will work. But the option makes this offer much more attractive.
Etihad issues these tickets in booking class T. You can gain the following mileage with affiliated frequent flyer programs:
- 3,160 Miles on American AAdvantage
- 3,160 Miles on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 3,160 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 3,160 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 3,160 Miles on Oman Air Sindbad
- 3,160 Miles on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 3,160 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 3,160 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 3,160 Miles on South African Voyager
- 3,160 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 1,614 Points on SAS EuroBonus
Information & Tips for Thailand
Thailand is an increasingly popular holiday destination for Europeans – both beach and party tourists get their money’s worth in the South Asian tropical state.
Whether Bangkok, Koh Samui or Phuket, Thailand offers multi-faceted cities and quiet beaches. Also, the country is always easy to reach from Europe. Especially to Bangkok, there is almost always at least a good deal!
Best Time to Visit
While hot summer temperatures prevail the whole year long in tropical Thailand, the best travel time is definitely the winter from November to February. Thanks to the northwest monsoon it doesn’t get warmer than 33 degrees. In summer the temperatures can quickly reach 40 degrees. The rainy season also starts in June and will last until October – high humidity is what you’ll have to prepare for!
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizens do not need a visa for stays up to a length of 30 days. The entry permit can be extended by another 30 days before expiration by local immigration authorities.
The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB) which is divided into Satang. One Euro is about 40 THB.
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