Oneworld member Finnair sells discounted business class tickets for their winter service to Dubai. Nonstop flights from Helsinki are available at €698 during the entire 2021/2022 winter season. For just a little more, you can add feeders from several airports in the Northern part of Europe, like Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
The quoted prices are Finnair’s new business class light fares. It does not include checked bags, priority services or lounge access. You’d have to select the business class classic fare for this, adding roughly €200 to the price.
You can find this deal with departure from several airports in Northern Europe:
- Helsinki (nonstop) at €698
- Stockholm-Bromma at €744
- Gothenburg at €744
- Stockholm-Arlanda at €777
- Copenhagen at €924 (~DKK 6,868)
- Oslo at €987 (~NOK 10,110)
- Berlin at €1.027
Our availability calendar shows you all possible roundtrips at the lowest fare for journeys up to 28 days.
Long-haul flights are Finnair Airbus A350-900 services, fully equipped with Finnair’s newest business class product:
Finnair Business Class
Finnair’s A350-900 business class receives some fairly good reviews. Seats are arranged in a 1-2-1 pattern that gives direct aisle access to every seat. Said seats are fully reclinable to a lie-flat-position. The cabin is kept in gray and white colors to reflect the airlines’ corporate color scheme. Some reviews criticize this as sterile.
While not reaching the luxury heights of Qatar Airways’ or Emirates’ premium cabin, Finnair still offers one of Europe’s superior business class products. You can read a more comprehensive review here.
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This fare can be booked until September 5, 2021, for Departures between October 25, 2021, and March 31, 2022. On this day, your inbound flight has to arrive back in Europe. Unlike many other business class fares, this has no minimum stay. If you are only in it for the miles, you can avoid Dubai immigration and leave on the same plane you arrived.
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.
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