Oneworld carrier Qatar Airways is selling extremely cheap tickets to a very exotic destination. The gulf carrier takes you from Europe to Seoul, where you can catch an Asiana Airlines flight to Saipan, the largest airport of the Northern Mariana Islands. You can fly from various European countries with prices starting as cheap as €575 for a ticket that includes full board service and a checked bag up to 25 kg on all six flights involved.
If you are willing to spend more for better service and much more legroom, Qatar Airways currently sells discounted business class tickets to Saipan, too.
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.
You may find these fares with departure from the following airports:
- Budapest at HUF 210,100 (~€581)
- Prague at CZK 15,437 (~€596)
- Madrid at €612
- Warsaw at PLN 2,822 (~€621)
- Oslo at NOK 6,497 (~€648)
- Brussels at €644
- Milan at €655
- Zagreb at HRK 5,054 (~€668)
- Belgrade at €663
- London at £599 (~€692)
We just show one airport per country, but prices are usually similar from other airports served by Qatar Airways.
The tickets include 25 kg of checked luggage and 7 kg of hand luggage. These tickets are also refundable – however, you’d get a voucher, not money.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, tickets at this price are sold until March 31, 2021. They may run out of availability sooner. A minimum stay of four days applies to get the lowest prices, with the maximum being set at 2 months. You can find availabilities until January 2022. You can check the exact available dates on Google Flights or search for the flights directly on qatarairways.com.
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.
Northern Mariana Islands
Like neighboring Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands are an Overseas Territory of the United States of America. Therefore, you need an ESTA or United States Visa to enter the country.