We’ve seen this pretty often recently: a fare war between two airlines alliances or their member airlines. And once again, carriers are competing for customers on a specific route, resulting in great prices for us customers. This time KLM and Air France, as well as Turkish Airlines, are selling cheap tickets for a business class flight from Helsinki to Dubai. Prices start at only €872.
KLM/Air France flights
Depending on the carrier you choose, you will have a layover in either Paris or Amsterdam. These flights are European short-haul segments. Consequently, there will be no lie-flat seats on board. Although the aircraft types can vary widely. The airlines will operate an Embraer RJ-190, a Boeing 737 or an Airbus A320 on the short flights.
Your long-haul flights from the European hubs to Dubai (and vice-versa) will take place on board of a Boeing 777 where you can expect a proper international business class configuration during the 7 hours journey.
The fare rules don’t give any indications as to how long this deal will be available. Neither do the rules state a specific travel period. But we’ve been able to find connections at the promoted prices almost all year round. Especially early 2020 should be interesting since availability is good and late winter or early spring are both excellent times to visit the U.A.E.
The minimum stay requirements are 7 days, and you could – in theory -spend up to 12 months in Dubai.
Turkish Airlines flights
The Star Alliance carrier typically routes flights via its hub in Istanbul. And also this trip makes no exemption. The airline will operate an Airbus A320 on most connections, which means that there will be recliner seats but no lie-flat products on board. Only trips with a long layover in Istanbul will be carried out with an Airbus A330 and with, what is known as an international business class with seats that will run into a bed.
The fare rules we’ve been able to find, seem to be outdated, so we haven’t been able to find any restrictions as to sales or travel dates. But just like flights with the competition from SkyTeam, you will be able to find cheap connections all year round. There are no minimum stay requirements, but the maximum would also be 12 months.
Search & Book
Use Google Flights (instructions)! The tool will help you to find the best connections for all three carriers. As soon as you’ve settled for a date, you can either use Skyscanner and compare prices that OTAs offer (that’s where we found the fares that we promote). Or you book directly on the website of KLM or Turkish Airlines. Never a bad idea when purchasing business class tickets.
Feeder flights within Europe will be booked in boking class J, and the flights from Europe to Dubai and back again in class O. While the short-haul segments will get you an earning rate of up to 150% with some SkyTeam frequent flyer programs, unfortunately the long-haul segments will only get you revenue based miles with Flying Blue.
Tickets for all flights will be issued in booking class J. And this means you will be credit with up to 200% of the distance miles that you actually traveled. So compared to the SkyTeam offer, this deal is way better in terms of mileage. Here’s what this flight could earn you on selected Star Alliance programs:
- 12,830 on TAP Miles & Go
- 11,350 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 9,620 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 8,660 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 8,140 on Miles & More
- 8,020 on EgyptAir Plus
- 7,050 on South African Voyager
- 7,050 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 7,050 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 6,410 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 6,410 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 6,410 on United MileagePlus
- 6,410 on SAS EuroBonus
- 6,410 on Air India Flying Returns
- 6,410 on Asiana Club
- 6,410 on ANA Mileage Club
- 6,410 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 6,410 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 6,410 on Singapore KrisFlyer
Information & Tips for Dubai
Thanks to oil billions, Dubai has created a world of splendor 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.
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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