Oneworld member Qatar Airways is currently selling cheap economy class tickets for flights from Rome to Windhoek in Namibia. Prices start at only €445, including 25 kg of luggage. There’s availability in June, July, and September of 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.
By the way, this isn’t our only economy class deal from Italy:
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This deal will expire on February 1, 2021. You need to respect a minimum stay requirement of 7 days and a maximum of 1 month. We’ve only found this price in June, July, and September of 2021.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class O, meaning that you can expect the following number of miles to be credited to your frequent flyer account:
- 5,250 on Finnair Plus
- 3,260 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 3,260 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 3,260 on Iberia Plus
- 3,260 on Royal Jordanian Royal Club
- 3,260 on LATAM Pass
- 3,260 on S7 Airlines Priority Club
- 3,260 on British Airways Executive Club
- 3,260 on Bangkok Airways FlyerBonus
- 3,260 on American AAdvantage
- 3,260 on GOL Aéreos Smiles
- 3,260 on Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer
- 3,260 on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
- 3,260 on SriLankan FlySmiles
Information & Tips for Namibia
Namibia is one of the most popular countries to visit in Africa, partly thanks to its desert landscapes and wildlife.
The country is twice the size of Germany, but its population is only about 2,5 million people. You are therefore “on your own” quite often; do not attempt to traverse the deserts in anything but a proper off-road SUV as the roads are little more than dirt roads and pothole riddled paths.
The Best Time to Visit
The ideal time to travel through Namibia is the dry season from May to December. If you visit during the rainy season, be prepared to deal with short yet intense sporadic rainfalls.
Immigration & Visa Requirements
Most EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Namibia for up to 90 days a year, provided their travel is purely for touristic purposes. Contact your state department or ministry of foreign affairs for the full regulations for your nationality.
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