Irkutsk, Lake Baikal: €360 w/ Aeroflot from Helsinki (Checked Bags Add €80)

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SkyTeam member Aeroflot opened up its bag of presents and found a pretty decent fare to Siberia in it. The Russian carrier takes you from Helsinki to Irkutsk and back for just €360. The fare is available for the majority of 2022, save the summer months. A change of planes in Moscow Sheremetyevo airport is necessary both ways.

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The cheapest tickets are not refundable. If you select the fare including luggage, you may cancel your tickets for a refund, but still have to pay part of the initial price as a fee.

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.

Our availability calendar previews all possible flight dates at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to Aeroflot’s website, but you can also look what OTAs have to offer, saving you an additional €10.

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Aeroflot exclusively uses a mixture of Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-800 aircraft to take you from Finland to Siberia.

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According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale without a specific travel period. The fare has no expiration date and can thus be withdrawn anytime. The minimum stay requirement is 2 days (or a Sunday).

Google Flights previews prices correctly, so that’s your best bet to find suiting flight dates. We recommend booking your tickets at the carrier’s website.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

Aeroflot issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class N. SkyTeam frequent flyer can earn the following mileage:

  • 5,084 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 4,738 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 3,616 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 3,160 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 3,160 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 3,160 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 2,542 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 2,526 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 1,710 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 1,580 Award Miles + 1,808 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 1,580 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 1,580 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 1,580 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 1,308 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

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