Try Saudia’s Booze-Free Business: €860 from Athens to Singapore

Saudia Business Class

SkyTeam member Saudia is currently offering discounted tickets for business class flights from Athens to Singapore, with tickets selling as cheap as €860 (or €938 on their website). The downsides are two stops in each direction and a long layover in Jeddah both ways.

Info

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.

Our calendar displays all available dates for travel up to 28 days and will redirect you to Saudia’s booking site. You can also save up to €80 by booking with online travel agencies through our flight search. Flights are available in September and October 2022 as well as March through May 2023.

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Your trip will include a layover in Jeddah. You are almost always required to spend around 7 hours at the airport in each direction.

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 Singapore via Male are operated using a Boeing 787 with lie-flat seats.

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Please note that Saudia is known as a dry airline, meaning no alcohol will be served in the carrier’s planes or lounges. A certain dress code is also expected, e.g. men are not allowed to wear shorts.

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. You can find availabilities in September and October 2022 as well as March through May 2023.

Use Google Flights (instructions) to find the cheapest available flights. Once you know when your trip should take place, you should book on Saudia’s website.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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 this trip:

  • 29,712 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 25,752 Miles on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 19,808 Miles on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 18,464 Award Miles + 126 XP on FlyingBlue
  • 18,462 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 18,462 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 18,462 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 18,462 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 18,462 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 18,462 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 15,386 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 15,386 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 15,386 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 15,386 Miles on Etihad Guest
  • 15,386 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 15,386 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 12,308 Miles on Delta SkyMiles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Singapore usually start at roughly €75, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for Singapore

The city-state of Singapore is a financial metropolis in Southeast Asia. Especially its geographical location is responsible for its rise. Singapore is one of the largest air traffic hubs in Asia and therefore very well connected to the rest of the world. Various airlines offer good deals to Singapore.

Best Time to Visit

The climate is best suited for visits in autumn and spring. Summers are sweltering and the rainy season starts in November and lasts until January. You have to be prepared for high temperatures and humidity all year round.

Entry & Visa

Most European citizens can enter Singapore without a visa and with a passport only. A residence permit for 90 days will be issued upon arrival.

From the airport to the city center

Singapore Changi Airport is connected to the city center by metro. A ride to City Hall takes about 40 minutes and costs S$ 2,30€. Taking a taxi will cost about S$ 20-30.

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Cover Picture: © Saudia Airlines 2022

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