Skyteam member CSA Czech Airlines is offering discounted business class tickets from Prague and Seoul, starting at €1,404 (~CZK 37,490) for CSA’s nonstop service. The availability of this sweet deal is very good and you’ll find flights more os less all year round.
CSA operates its service to Seoul on an Airbus A330-300 that they leased from Korean Air specifically for this flight. It features a 2-2-2 seating configuration upfront, with fully reclinable lie-flat-seats.
Search & Book
Fare rules for these tickets are not very restrictive as the airline doesn’t state a sales or a travel period. A maximum stay of one year applies to this fare. Further, CSA tickets have to be purchased at least ten days before departure. The lowest fare is only available for Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday departures. Both fares show great availability all the way until November 2020.
All of these fares can be retrieved on Google Flights – it is easiest to find flight dates there (instructions). The lowest fares displayed by Google usually drop by at least €100 when entering them in our flight search. However, these fares are only offered by online travel agencies. Booking directly with CSA is the safer option.
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.
CSA issues tickets in booking class I. This will only grant you a huge bonus in earnings in CSA’s own OK Club program.
- 17,910 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 15,350 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 12,790 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 10,230 on Korean Air Skypass
- 10,230 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 10,230 on Air Europa Club
- 10,230 on Delta SkyMiles
- 10,230 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 10,230 on Saudia Alfursan
Information & Tips for South Korea
South Korea, officially Republic of Korea, is a country located on the Southern part of the Korean peninsula. It is one of Asia’s fastest developing countries and features stand alone traits such as language, culture and cuisine. Especially Korean food (Teriyaki) and music (K-Pop) get more and more popular in Europe and North America.
Visa & Immigration
Citizens of the European Union, Canada, America and Australia get 90 days of visa free stay upon arrival. If you’re not from one of these countries or planning on a longer stay, this official website for foreigners travelling to Korea might be of help.
Korea’s currency is the Korean Won (KRW). €1 equals roughly KRW 1,300. You can exchange currency in cash or withdraw it by using your credit card at various ATMs. The most used banknotes are KRW 1,000; 5,000; 10,000 & 50,000. Paying with credit card is possible is many hotels, stores and restaurants, not unlike in Europe.
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Information & Tips for Seoul
Seoul is the capital of South Korea and with 11.8 million inhabitants and a metropolitan region of around 25.6 million also the largest. The city is an important cultural and economic center in the Asian region.
Flights to Seoul
Flights to Korea are unfortunately not as cheap as to China or Southeast Asia, but there are – especially if you are flexible – some bargains that are definitely worth it.
For flights to Seoul, one should usually be prepared to pay between 400€ and 500€ for a good deal. Often there are also bargains in Business Class, especially from LOT.
You should avoid the school holidays, especially the summer holidays. During this period, airfares quickly rise to more than 700€ and partly reach heights of up to 1.000€ for a direct flight in economy. Good deals are not to be expected during this period.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to visit Seoul is from March to May or from September to November. Thanks to comparatively mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, these months are best suited for tourism.
From the Airport to the City Center
International long-haul flights usually arrive at Seoul-Incheon Airport. The express train to the city centre departs every 30 minutes and takes 40-45 minutes and costs approx. 6,50€. For a taxi you pay between 47€ and 70€.
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