Saudi-Arabian flag carrier and Skyteam member Saudia offers some decent business class fares with departure from Athens. Flights with a layover in Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Jakarta, Indonesia start at €707.
Saudia uses an Airbus A320 aircraft enroute from Athens to 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 Jakarta are operated by a Boeing 777 aircraft, while the Kuala Lumpur flight is operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. You can read a comprehensive of Saudia’s business class here.
Saudia is known as a dry airline, meaning they serve no alcohol in either their planes or lounges.
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According to the fare rules, this deal is available until December 12, 2019. Prices are valid for the following travel dates:
- Now to December 19, 2019
- January 9 to March 31, 2020
The inbound flight can be later as well. A minimum stay requirement is not given, therefore theoretically even same day return flights would be possible.
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.
Saudia issues these tickets in booking class I. This booking class will give you at least 125% of your travel distance on various Skyteam frequent flyer programs. A roundtrip to Jakarta via Jeddah should be credited like this in booking class I:
- 26,760 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 26,760 on China Eastern Eastern Miles
- 25,730 on Aeromexico Club Premier
- 19,190 on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
- 19,190 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 19,190 on Czech Airlines OK Plus
- 19,190 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 19,190 on Saudia Alfursan
- 19,190 on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
- 19,190 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 19,190 on FlyingBlue
- 19,190 on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
- 15,990 on Air Europa Club
- 15,990 on Korean Air Skypass
- 15,990 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 15,990 on Alitalia MileMiglia
- 12,790 on Delta SkyMiles
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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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