SkyTeam partners Air France and KLM are currently offering good prices for many worldwide destinations when departing from the Baltics. Almost all deals are available for the same price, regardless if you’re flying from Tallinn, Riga, or Vilnius. Some flights are also available from Helsinki. Sadly, adding a piece of luggage will almost always add another €80-100 to the total price, unless you have a SkyTeam Elite status.
We found cheap flights to the following cities (always from the cheapest airport, but as stated before, there is barely a price difference between the Baltic airports):
- New York: €394
- Toronto: €402
- Sint Maarten: €413
- Nairobi: €422
- Lagos: €432
- Johannesburg: €433
- Beijing: €475
- Zhengzhou: €488
- Changchun: €488
- Dalian: €488
- Harbin: €488
- Shenyang: €488
- Seoul: €497
Unless you’re flying from Helsinki, it is airBaltic that will get you to Amsterdam (or Paris), from where you would continue your trip to your final destination on one of the SkyTeam airlines.
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This deal is valid until December 15, 2019. You can fly from Monday through Thursday for trips of 6 days (or a Sunday) to 6 months, during the following travel periods:
- January 1st – February 13th
- March 1st – April 8th
- April 15th – May 23rd
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:
- 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.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline 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 of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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.