Seoul: €1,361 / CZK 35,750 Nonstop Business Class from Prague

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Skyteam member CSA Czech Airlines and Star Alliance carrierer LOT Polish Airlines both offer discounted Business Class tickets to Seoul, starting at €1,386 / CZK 35,750 for CSA’s nonstop service.

Star Alliance member LOT charges €1,440 for its flight with a layover in Warsaw, but issues tickets in attractive booking class Z. This is a good opportunity to earn miles.

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Very competitive pricing between Prague and Incheon airport.

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 up front, with fully reclineable lie-flat-seats.

LOT sends an Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on its way to Korea’s capital. You will find a 2-2-2 configuration with lie-flat-seats in LOT’s premium cabin, too. The short trip from Prague to Warsaw is operated by Dash 8 turboprop aircraft.

Search & Book

Fare rules for these tickets are not very restrictive as neither airline states a sales or a travel period. A maximum stay of one year applies for both fares. 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 July 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 enterin them in our flight search. However, these fares are only offered by online travel agencies. Booking directly with CSA or LOT 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

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 Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 10,230 on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 10,230 on Korean Air Skypass
  • 10,230 on Air Europa Club
  • 10,230 on Saudia Alfursan
  • 10,230 on Delta SkyMiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

LOT issues tickets in booking class Z, making it an attractive earning opportunity for members of Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. The basic harvest without tier bonuses looks like this:

  • 17,050 on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 16,900 on Miles & More
  • 15,900 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 13,500 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 10,850 on Asiana Club
  • 10,800 on SAS EuroBonus
  • 10,760 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 10,600 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 10,250 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 10,250 on EgyptAir Plus
  • 10,250 on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 10,250 on United MileagePlus
  • 10,250 on South African Voyager
  • 10,250 on TAP Miles & Go
  • 10,250 on Air India Flying Returns
  • 10,250 on ANA Mileage Club
  • 10,250 on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 10,250 on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 10,250 on Singapore KrisFlyer
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
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.

Currency

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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