South American carrier Surinam Airways currently sells discounted tickets for its nonstop Amsterdam to Paramaribo service in all travel classes. All fares include board service and a checked bag up to 23 kg. Business class tickets further include lounge access and an additional checked bag.
Only the Business Class deal remains.
Worldwide travel restrictions are in place to slow the spread of Covid-19. Suriname is no exception, the country is currently closed to foreigners. While travelling gets easier every month, we currently advise against short term intercontinental travel plans.
To make sure you can benefit from this deal the way you want to, we suggest checking the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website for current updates on a country’s current immigration policies. Their Covid-19 Travel Regulations Map is one of the most useful tools you can find.
Surinam Airways uses old Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 on its rotations to Amsterdam. Alternatively, a wet-lease Airbus A340 from Air Belgium might take you across the Atlantic Ocean. While both aircraft feature rather old seats, you at least get lie-flat-seats on either of them up front.
Search & Book
Sadly, we were not able to locate fare rules for this offer. Both there are plenty of travel dates in both travel classes between November 2020 and March 2021.
You can find availabilities using Google Flights (instructions). We recommend booking directly with Surinam Airways, even though our flight search will show cheaper offers made by online travel agencies.
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 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.
Since Surinam Airways isn’t a member of any airline alliance, you won’t be able to harvest miles for this flight, even in business class.