Right now may be a good time to buy business class tickets from Helsinki to Dubai – and not only from a price perspective. SkyTeam carriers Air France and KLM are selling business class tickets between the two cities at the marvelous price of €779. None of these are nonstop services, instead giving you the chance to explore business class lounges in Amsterdam or Paris. In addition to that, the Expo 2020 takes place in Dubai during the travel period, namely from October 1, 2021, through March 31, 2022.
All Air France and KLM tickets issued for flights until March 31, 2022, are fully refundable. You’d receive a voucher which can be refunded to your bank account. You can read more about this here.
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.
You may find the low prices with departure from:
All flights from and to the Baltic Sea are operated by narrow-body aircraft and therefore lacking a proper long-haul business class. You will, however, enjoy a long-haul business class on the 7-hour flights to Dubai on a Boeing 777.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
Search & Book
The Skyteam sisters issued fare rules that give neither a travel nor a sales period. The only remarkable thing is a rather hefty minimum stay of at least 7 days (actually 10 for the cheapest price) to score this fare. Flights dates are mainly available in 2022, but there is also scattered availability in 2021.
You can use Google Flights (instructions) to find the best connections. As soon as you’ve settled for a date, you can book directly on the website of KLM or Air France. Feel free to use our calendar above, as it shows all available dates and will redirect you to KLM’s booking site.
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 O, meaning that you’ll receive the following mileage:
- 8,314 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
- 8,314 Miles on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 8,314 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 3,812 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 2,848 Award Miles + 78 XP on FlyingBlue
For flight dates in 2021, you receive double XP.
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Information & Tips for Dubai
Thanks to oil billions, Dubai has created a world of splendour and glitter that is second to none. Whether it’s an artificial island or skiing in the desert, everything is possible there. Thanks to Emirates, there are non-stop flights to many destinations worldwide, from Europe you can reach Dubai within 5-6 hours even with cheap flights.
The Best Time to Visit
Dubai 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
A taxi from the airport to Jumeirah Beach (where many hotels are located) costs around €13 – €17. By metro, the journey to Burj Khalifa takes about 20 minutes and costs only €1.
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