Saudi Arabian Airlines is currently offering discounted tickets for business class flights from Athens to Asia. A round-trip from Europe to Manila is available for prices starting around €658. And for just a little more you can visit Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur.
We promoted this deal already two weeks ago. But since then, there has been a significant price drop, making these business class flights with Saudia an even better offer!
Your trip will include one layover, most likely in Jeddah. Saudia will operate an Airbus A320 on the first route. These planes feature a dedicated business class cabin with a 2-2 seating pattern. Onward flights to Manila, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta will be onboard a Boeing 777 or a Boeing 787. These aircraft offer (angled) lie-flat seats. To get a better idea of Saudia’s business class, check out the following reviews:
- Saudi Arabian Airlines’ business class on Boeing 777
- Saudi Arabian Airlines’ business class on Boeing 787
Please note that Saudia is known as a dry airline, meaning no alcohol will be served in the carrier’s planes or lounges.
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The fare rules that you will be able to purchase tickets until January 31st and that the deal is valid for trips commencing between January 1st and December 31st, 2020. It doesn’t seem as if there’s a minimum stay requirement. At least we’ve been able to book return flights on the very next day.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find the cheapest available flights. The tool will display prices and connections correctly. Once you know when you’re trip should take place, have Google forward you to the carrier’s website or use our Travel Dealz flight search to compare prices that OTAs offer.
Free stopovers in Jeddah are allowed with this fare. You can avoid the long layover on the inbound flight by deciding for a stopover and visiting Saudi Arabia as the country recently opened its doors through their new evisa issuance. You can apply on visitsaudi.com.
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.
Saudi Arabian Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. Therefore you can earn miles on many frequent flyer programs. And the earning rate is pretty good. 150% for the tickets issued in booking class I. Here’s what you can expect for a trip to Manila via Jeddah:
- 28,380 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 27,290 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 21,830 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 20,350 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 20,350 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 20,350 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 20,350 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 20,350 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 20,350 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 20,350 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 20,350 on FlyingBlue
- 16,960 on Air Europa Club
- 16,960 on Korean Air Skypass
- 16,960 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 16,960 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 16,960 on Saudia Alfursan
- 13,560 on Delta SkyMiles
Even if hotels are cheap in a city, you should still compare prices, reviews and location. One of our preferred sites to do that is booking.com:
Don’t forget to check out our hotel voucher and coupons as well. You may be able to achieve huge savings:
Information & Tips for Manila
Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a densely populated city. It is located on a bay on the island of Luzon. Here Spanish colonial architecture blends with modern skyscrapers.
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Manila is from November to March. The summer months which are from April to June are quite hot and humid and are not preferable to roam in the city.
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Information & Tips for Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the largest city in and the capital of Malaysia with about 7 million inhabitants and a huge variety of tourist activities and attractions. Also, Kuala Lumpur is an excellent starting point to explore the rest of the country or all of Southeast Asia. The city is well connected by air to the rest of Asia and Europe.
Flights from Europe to Kuala Lumpur are often pretty cheap. Deals between 300€ and 400€ can be found all year long, and also cheap Business Class fares are available from time to time. Thanks to numerous low-cost carriers you can get to many other destinations in Asia starting from Kuala Lumpur.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Kuala Lumpur is between May and July. Comparatively little rainfall and moderate temperatures and humidity provide good conditions to tourists and are a welcome change from the otherwise somewhat humid temperatures in Southeast Asia.
From the airport to the city
You can reach the city center for about 12€ (Oneway) in 28 minutes with the KLIA Ekspres express train. A taxi will cost you between 16€ and 22€ – so if you’re traveling with two or more persons this alternative is worth it! Bus transfers are available from 2,50€ per route, but they are time-consuming and comparatively complicated to overlook.
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Information & Tips for Jakarta
Jakarta is both the largest and the capital of Indonesia and is located in the northwest of the island of Java. The city is not only the financial, economic and cultural center of Indonesia, but also the most populous city in Southeast Asia!
Best Time to Visit
Not even dry season is completely dry on Java, but the temperatures and humidity from May to October are the most pleasant. Occasionally it can still be stormy.
From the airport to the city
A taxi from the airport to the city costs about 5-7€ depending on the provider and the exact route. Alternatively, there are also cheaper shuttle buses, but some of them have a much longer journey time.
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