Oneworld member Qatar Airways sells discounted tickets to several attractive destinations from Belgrade. This particular offer stands out, as notoriously expensive flights Tokyo are available as low as €1,639. Both airports Haneda (much closer to the city) and Narita are included in this offer – if you’re looking to travel to the city of Tokyo, we recommend flying to Haneda. Flights in both directions include a layover in Doha.
Flights from Belgrade to Doha are handled by Airbus A320 family aircraft. Their premium cabins can’t be compared to Qatar’s widebody fleet, but still receives some good reviews. Seating on this planes is 2-2. Your onward flight takes place on a Boeing 777-300ER (to Narita) or Airbus A350-1000 (to Haneda). Both destinations have a high probability to receive Qatar’s famous Qsuites.
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Fare rules give neither a sales, nor a travel period for this deal. Restrictions are a minimum stay of four days and a rather short maximum stay of one month. Further, a single stopover in Doha is free on either the out- or inbound leg. Singular travel dates are available in the remainder of 2019, while January through July 2020 show great avaiability.
You can find suiting flight dates on Google Flights (instructions). You can enter the dates you’ve found in our flight search to find the lowest available fare offered by an OTA or book directly at qatarairways.com. We recommend doing the latter.
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.
Qatar Airways issues these tickets in booking class R. This leads to at least 100% (mostly 125%) of your travel distance being converted to award miles in most Oneworld frequent flyer programs. This example does not include tier bonuses that can increase your mileage harvest:
- 29,500 on Finnair Plus
- 18,330 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 18,330 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 18,330 on Asia Miles
- 18,330 on British Airways Executive Club
- 18,330 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 18,330 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 18,330 on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
- 18,330 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 18,330 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 18,330 on Iberia Plus
- 14,670 on SriLankan FlySmiles
- 14,670 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 14,670 on LATAM Pass
- 14,670 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 14,670 on American AAdvantage
Further, each flight leg is worth 140 tier points in British Airways Executive Club, amounting to 560 tier points in total. You need 600 tier points and four flight segments on either British Airways or Iberia to get the coveted Oneworld Sapphire status.
Information & Tips for Japan
Japan, the ‘land of the rising sun’, is located in the east of Asia and is one of the most popular travel destinations on the continent. Big cities like Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto convince urban fans while ski fans get their money’s worth in Hokkaido and Tohoku.
Flights to Japan are usually a little more expensive than comparable offers to other destinations in Asia, but there are exceptions, and you can sometimes find bargains.
Best travel time
Since the country consists of many climatic zones it is hard to name a perfect time for travelling to Japan. However, summer should usually be avoided, as June is dominated by the rainy season and July and August offer sweltering temperatures with high humidity.
Most European citizens do not need a visa to enter Japan for a stay of up to 180 days if they do not want to work, study or train. Travelers that arrive under these conditions without a visa will be granted a residence permit as a “Temporary Visitor” for an initial period of 90 days upon entering the country at the airport.
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Information & Tips for Tokyo
Tokyo is Japan’s capital and the world’s most populous metropolis as well as one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, consisting of 23 central city wards and multiple cities, towns, and villages west of the city center.
Today, Tokyo offers a great choice of shopping, entertainment, and culture to its visitors. The city’s history can be appreciated in many excellent museums, historic temples, and gardens. Contrary to common perception, Tokyo also offers many attractive green spaces in the city center.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Tokyo at any time of year because of its moderate weather. However, the best times to visit Tokyo are from September to November and March to May. Summer in Tokyo is hot and humid and should be avoided.
Although winter in Tokyo is cold, it is not too cold for travel.
Three attractions in Tokyo
- Tsukiji Outer Market
A market for fresh seafood. A very vibrant place with lots to see (and smell).
District for electronic and otaku goods. What one might have in mind when thinking of Tokyo. Newest gadgets to be found.
- Koishikawa Korakuen
Landscape garden next to Tokyo Dome. An oasis of calm in the middle of a bustling city.
Airports Narita & Haneda
The Tokyo Metropolitan Region has two international airports: Narita and Haneda. Narita is the airport where most flights from Europe will arrive. Tokyo-Narita is located 55 kilometers east of Tokyo city center and is served by the Narita Express. The journey time between the city center and the airport is approximately one hour.
Only a few international airlines fly to Haneda. From Haneda, which is south of the city center, it is much easier to get to Tokyo city center. The JR Tokyo Monorail System takes you to Hamamatsucho Station, which is not far from Tokyo Station.
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