SkyTeam carriers Air France and KLM are selling business class tickets between Helsinki and Dubai at the marvelous price of €762. 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 June 30, 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:
Our availability calendar shows you all flight dates for less than €800 and just a single stop, for trips up to 21 days. From Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga, availability at the lowest fare gets much broader if you are willing to settle for a second stop in both Amsterdam and Paris.
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 or Boeing 787.
Before Covid-19, Air France still had 4 different business class versions, but now, as the A380 & A340 have left the fleet, only 3 remain. The business class in the A380 was no longer up to today’s standards, unlike the business class that’s installed in the Boeing 787-Dreamliner and Airbus A350, which is modern and comfortable. This business class is now continuously being installed in other Air France planes as well.
By now, modern seats have also become the norm at KLM. Its business class is definitely not a bad choice, also thanks to the good service. Like many other airlines, the Boeing 787 always has the newest business class seats installed.
Search & Book
This fare is valid until February 6, 2022 for travel before June 30, 2022. You need to stay at least six days or a night from Saturday to Sunday to score this fare. Overall availability is pretty good, especially from Helsinki.
You can use Google Flights (instructions) to find the best connections. As soon as you’ve settled on 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 for a trip from Helsinki:
- 8,314 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
- 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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