Saudi Arabian Airlines is currently offering discounted tickets for business class flights from Athens to various destinations in Africa and Asia like Manila, Bangkok or the Maldives, with tickets selling as cheap as €781. The only downside is a pretty long layover in Jeddah in at least one direction.
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Here are the most interesting destinations of this deal:
- Manila, Philippines at €781
- Chennai, India at €789
- Kochi, India at €791
- Bangkok at €794
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at €821
- Jakarta, Indonesia ab €832
- Manama, Bahrain at €843
- Kuwait at €849
- Dubai at €856
- Maldives at €936
- Khartoum, Sudan at €939
- and more…
Your trip will include a layover in Jeddah or Riyadh. You are almost always required to spend around 12 hours at the airport in at least one direction. Maybe a Saudia Arabian visa is worth a closer look in those cases.
Saudia will operate an Airbus A320 between Jeddah and Athens. These planes feature a dedicated business class cabin with a 2-2 seating pattern. Onward flights to Kuala Lumpur are operated using Boeing 777 or Boeing 787. Some of these planes offer (angled) lie-flat seats, while others can be converted into a bed. To get a better idea of Saudia’s business class, check out this review.
Please note that Saudia is known as a dry airline, meaning no alcohol will be served in the carrier’s planes or lounges.
Search & Book
The fare rules don’t mention a date when this offer will expire, nor do they mention a specific travel period. It doesn’t even seem as if there’s a minimum stay requirement. At least we’ve been able to find return flights on the very next day. You can find availabilities until October 2022.
Use Google Flights (instructions) to find the cheapest available flights. Once you know when your trip should take place, you should book via our flight search or for roughly €50 more on Saudia’s website.
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% is the usual rate for the tickets issued in booking class I. Here’s what you can expect for a trip to Manila via Jeddah:
- 28,388 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 27,296 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 21,836 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 20,354 Award Miles + 102 XP on FlyingBlue
- 20,352 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 20,352 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 20,352 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 20,352 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
- 20,352 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 20,352 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
- 16,962 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 16,962 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 16,962 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
- 16,962 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
- 16,962 Miles on Air Europa Club
- 13,568 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
Looking to reach a status with this trip? Feel free to use our status calculator to see which program will get you the furthest. You can also enter other flights that you’ll be flying this year:
If you credit these flights at Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles, you’ll directly get the SkyTeam Elite status, which will get you a free piece of luggage on absolutely all SkyTeam flights, no matter which fares you book.
Cover Picture: © Saudia Airlines 2022