Despite much evidence pointing to the contrary, right now may be a good time to buy business class tickets from Helsinki to Dubai – at least from a price perspective. SkyTeam carriers Air France and KLM as well as Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines sell premium tickets between the two cities at the marvelous price of €896. Non of these are nonstop services, instead giving you the chance to explore business class lounges in either Amsterdam, Istanbul or Paris.
The Turkish Airlines Flights are no longer available at this price.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. While travelling gets easier every month and Dubai reopened its borders to foreigners, we currently advise against short term intercontinental travel plans.
To make sure you can benefit from this deal the way you want to, we suggest checking the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website for current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Their Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
All flights from and to Helsinki are operated by narrow body aircraft and therefore lacking a proper long haul business class.
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 issue fare rules that give neither a travel nor a sales period. The only remarkable thing is a rather hefty minimum stay of at least seven days to score this fare. You will find scattered availabilities all year round.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find the best connections. As soon as you’ve settled for a date, you can either use our flight search and compare prices that OTAs offer (that’s where we found the Turkish Airlines that we promote). Or you book directly on the website of KLM or Air France.
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.
Feeder flights within Europe will be booked in booking 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.
- 10,200 on Delta SkyMiles
- 10,200 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 8,780 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 3,950 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 3,800 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 3,800 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 3,310 on Saudia Alfursan
- 3,310 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 2,830 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 2,830 on Air Europa Club
- 2,830 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 2,830 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 2,830 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 2,450 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 2,450 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 2,400 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 2,360 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 2,360 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 2,360 on Korean Air Skypass
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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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