Saudia Business Class: From €1,035 to Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur Departing Athens & Istanbul

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Saudi-Arabian flag carrier and Skyteam member Saudia offers some decent business class fares with departure from Athens & Istanbul. Flights with a layover in either Riyadh or Jeddah to Manila start at €1,035, while roundtrips to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia aren’t much more expensive.

From Athens:

From Istanbul:

SV ATH MNL C 1035
Great prices for business class flights to Manila.

Saudia serves Athens & Istanbul with Airbus A320 aircraft from both Riyadh and Jeddah. These planes feature a dedicated business class cabin with a 2-2 seating pattern. Some of them are even equipped with lie-flat seats. Onward flights to Manila or Jakarta are operated by Boeing 777 aircraft, while Kuala Lumpur receives Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service. You can read a comprehensive of Saudia’s business class here.

Info

Saudia is known as a dry airline, meaning they serve no alcohol in either their planes or lounges.

Search & Book

Sadly, fare rules give no helpful information despite that this fare is valid from January 1 through December 31. We’ve at least weekly availability through 2020.

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.

You can check availability by using Google Flights (instructions). You can then use our Travel-Dealz flight search to book through the cheapest online travel agent. Please note that the route from Athens to Manila is only displayed correctly on Skyscanner. Prices may very on different Skyscanner versions, but you’ll mostly get the opportunity to buy directly at Saudia aside various OTAs.

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

Saudia issues these tickets either in booking classes I and D. Both booking classes vary only a little and give you at least 125% of your travel distance on various Skyteam frequent flyer programs. A roundtrip to Manila via Riyadh should be credited like this in booking class I:

  • 26,940 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 26,940 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 25,900 on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 19,310 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 19,310 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 19,310 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 19,310 on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 19,310 on Saudia Alfursan
  • 19,310 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 19,310 on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 19,310 on FlyingBlue
  • 19,310 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 16,090 on Air Europa Club
  • 16,090 on Korean Air Skypass
  • 16,090 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 16,090 on Alitalia MileMiglia
  • 12,870 on Delta SkyMiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

And this should be your accrual in booking class D:

  • 31,080 on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 26,940 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 26,940 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 19,310 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 19,310 on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 19,310 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 19,310 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 19,310 on Saudia Alfursan
  • 19,310 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 19,310 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 19,310 on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 19,310 on FlyingBlue
  • 19,310 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 16,090 on Air Europa Club
  • 16,090 on Korean Air Skypass
  • 16,090 on Alitalia MileMiglia
  • 12,870 on Delta SkyMiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
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