Etihad Airways – in cooperation with partner airlines – is offering a great deal on Business Class flights from Oslo to Phuket. Round-trips from Europe to Thailand can be booked for prices starting at €1,345 (~NOK 13,725).
Your trip will include two layovers — one in Europe and another one in Etihad’s hub, Abu Dhabi. Altogether, your trip will take around 24 hours.
A partner airline, such as SAS, Lufthansa or KLM, will operate the first segment of your journey. The carrier will fly you to London, Manchester, Munich, Amsterdam, or, in some cases, Brussels. From there, Etihad will operate an Airbus A380, a Boeing 787 or a Boeing 777 on the next two flights from Europe to Asia via Abu Dhabi.
All Etihad flights will offer lie-flat seats in addition to their outstanding service on board. The carrier from the United Arab Emirates used to be a 5-star airline and is still keeping up this high standard. Check out the following reviews to get a better idea of what Etihad Business Class is all about:
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Tickets will be sold until March 1, 2020 according to the fare rules. The offer is valid if you book trips with outbound flights within the following periods:
- Before April 12th
- April 26th through June 25th
You can stay up to 4 months if you want to book the promoted fare. The minimum stay requirements are 3 days. But this is FYI only since we assume that no one wants to travel to Thailand for a long weekend.
Google Flights (instructions) will show you all available connections. As always, you can choose if you want to use our Travel-Dealz flight search to compare prices that OTAs offer or if you prefer to book directly on the carrier’s website (which we recommend for all Business Class tickets).
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
Tickets for all segments with Etihad Airways will be issued in booking class W. This can get you an earning rate between 100% and 150% with various frequent flyer programs, including Etihad Guest. For the example in the screenshot above, you should expect the following number of miles.
- 29,920 on Hainan Airlines
- 18,590 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 18,590 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 18,590 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 18,590 on Asiana Club
- 18,590 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 18,590 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 18,590 on South African Voyager
- 18,590 on Etihad Guest
- 18,590 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 18,590 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 18,590 on Oman Air
- 18,590 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 17,870 on Korean Air Skypass
- 17,870 on ANA Mileage Club
- 17,870 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 14,300 on American AAdvantage
- 8,760 on SAS EuroBonus
Information & Tips for Phuket
Phuket is a southern province and also the largest island of Thailand in Southeast Asian. While Bangkok is more of a tourist destination, Phuket offers a lot of recreational options on the beach and is located in the Indian Ocean rather than the Gulf of Thailand.
Although Phuket is not always as easy to reach as Bangkok and it will often take an additional layover to get there, you can combine your beach holiday with a city trip to Bangkok. You can first book your flights to Bangkok and then separate (cheap!) flights from Bangkok to Phuket if you really can’t find a good deal from Europe.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to travel is from November to February. During this time it is dry and comparatively cool but of course still ideal for a beach holiday. The rainy season runs from mid-May to October.
From/to the airport
From the airport to different cities/resorts on the island, it is best to take a taxi (or Uber). Bus connections are cheaper but also much slower.
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