The Oneworld carrier Finnair is making some noise right now with sales to Asia. We have already written about their business class sale to Xi’ian from all over Europe. In this case, Finnair offers reasonable business class fares to Hong Kong from Brussels.
The European feeder flights are operated with an Airbus A319 or A320 or an Embraer 190. These do not feature a dedicated business class but offer more space since the middle seat is usually kept empty. The long-haul segment is operated with an Airbus A350. This aircraft features a 1-2-1 seating configuration with every seat having direct aisle access. There’s a great review by One Mile At A Time if you want further information.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, the deal expires January 27, 2020. It is valid for travel between February 20 and November 30, 2020 with the following blackout dates: June 19 to August 23, 2020. A free stopover is permitted. A second stopover in Helsinki would cost an additional €50. The minimum stay requirement is 5 days or a night from Saturday to Sunday. The inbound flight has to commence no later than 1 month after departure.
The best way to find the fare is Google Flights (instructions). After that, use the Finnair website to book since OTA’s are only slightly cheaper. If you would like to support Travel-Dealz, use our Travel-Dealz search and then book via Finnair through there.
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- 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.
- 37,830 on Finnair Plus
- 26,440 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 14,690 on American AAdvantage
- 14,690 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 14,690 on Iberia Plus
- 14,690 on British Airways Executive Club
- 14,690 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 14,690 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 14,690 on Asia Miles
- 14,690 on LATAM Pass
- 14,690 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 8,220 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Information & Tips for Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an Asian city-state and a vital trading metropolis in the Pearl River Delta not far from the Chinese coast. The city has long been a center for trade and business. Hong Kong is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore offers excellent connections to the rest of the world, hence the good deals that various airlines often provide. Flights in economy class usually are between 400€ and 500€ sometimes for even less than 400€.
Best Time to Visit
Winters are mild and dry, whereas summers are hot with rainfall and high humidity. The best time to travel is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool and therefore very pleasant.
Entry & Visa
Entry is possible for most EU citizens without a visa, and only a passport is required. A permit for 90 days is issued upon entry. For further information, please visit the website of your countries Ministry of foreign affairs.
The local currency is the Hong Kong Dollar ($, HKD, HK$). One Euro is approximately HK$ 9. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee (up to 2% for payment) in Hong Kong Dollars.
Getting from the airport to the city center
The fastest and most convenient way into the city is by Airport Express. This train will take you to the city center within 24 minutes and will cost you around 12€ per trip. Alternatively, you can also get into a taxi and pay approximately 35€.
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