Star Alliance member Swiss and holiday subsidiary Edelweiss have put a very attractive price tag on flights to Phuket, Thailand. With a stop in Zurich both ways, you can reach the holiday destination for just €332 – checked bags and full board service are included. Flights at the lowest fare are available from late October through December 2021.
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 shows all round trips at the lowest fare for stays up to three weeks. You can also use it to search for flights manually before going to swiss.com.
Swiss will take you from Amsterdam to Zurich. The long-haul flights are Edelweiss Airbus A340-300 services. You can expect a 2-4-2 seating pattern and all the amenities Swiss’ long haul economy offers.
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According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale for this price until April 15, 2021. Since this is a pretty good offer, they might sell out earlier. A hefty minimum stay of six days applies as well as a maximum stay of three months.
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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