Etihad Airways is selling flights to Mahé, Seychelles at only €476 if you depart from Rome or Brussels. Not only is that a very good price, but it even includes 23 kg of luggage! You can find available datesin May, June and Autumn 2022.
For flights before May 31, 2022, Etihad’s generous rebooking policies, allow you to change your travel date and even destinations without further cost.
The Seychelles request a negative PCR-Test or full vaccination against Covid-19 from arriving travellers.
Our calendar displays all available dates for trips up to 28 days. You can then either be redirected to Etihad’s website (safer) or save roughly €40 by booking on an OTA (cheaper).
You would always first fly to Abu Dhabi, onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, from where you’d fly to Mahé onboard an Airbus A320. The 787s are proper long haul planes with personal entertainment. Disappointingly, Etihad decided to gradually remove personal entertainment systems from their A320s in 2019. You will most likely be left with your own devices to stream media during the flight.
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The fare is set to expire on May 1, 2022. The minimum stay requirement is 5 days. The tickets have to be booked at least 7 days before departure.
Our calendar above shows all available dates for trips of up to 28 days. Should you be looking for a longer trip, you can search for the cheapest possible dates on Google Flights. The flights can either be booked directly on Etihad’s website, or you can use the Travel-Dealz flight search to find the cheapest OTA price.
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 tickets are issued in booking class T. Member of Etihad Guest or its affiliates can earn the following:
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- 2,354 Miles on Etihad Guest
- 1,348 Points on SAS EuroBonus
Information & Tips for Seychelles
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. There are numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves as well as rare animals such as Aldabra giant tortoises. The capital Victoria is located on Mahé, the starting point for visiting the other islands. The island also offers rainforests in the mountains of the Morne-Seychellois National Park and beaches such as Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
Best Time to Visit
The best times to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October.
Entry & Visa
Most EU citizenss do not need a visa. A permit for the duration of the trip will be issued upon arrival at the border. It can be extended for a further three months up to one year.
Passport, return flight ticket, hotel booking and sufficient financial means (approx. US$ 150 per day) are required for entry. Checks on entry can be made, funds can be carried in cash, traveller’s cheques or credit cards.
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The Seychelles are famous for their fabulous beach resorts. They usually start at roughly €80, depending on the category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:
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