Star Alliance member Swiss is currently selling cheap flights from Amsterdam to the United Arab Emirates. From September until April, you can fly to Dubai for €300. The flights will have a layover in Zurich in each direction. Only hand luggage is included. Flying with luggage, however, barely increases the price to €323.
To enter Dubai, you’ll need to provide a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours
If you wish to rebook the flights later on, you’d only have to pay a possible fare difference. Getting a refund is not possible.
Swiss uses an Airbus A320 between Amsterdam and Zurich, and an Airbus A330 for the 6-hour flights between Zurich and Dubai.
By the way, we also have other economy class deals that depart from Amsterdam:
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According to the fare rules, this deal will remain valid until June 30, 2021 for trips between September 2021 and April 2022. Your trip also needs to be at least 6 days long.
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.
The tickets are issued in booking class K, meaning that you’ll get:
- 6,670 Miles on Air Malta Flypass
- 2,000 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 1,880 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 1,780 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 1,670 Award Miles + 330 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 1,660 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 1,660 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 830 Award Miles + 1,730 Tier Miles on Miles&More
- 0 Miles on Asia Miles
As you can see, you won’t really get very far with the number of miles that this booking awards you.
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Information & Tips for Dubai
Thanks to oil billions, Dubai has created a world of splendour and glitter that is second to none. Whether it’s an artificial island or skiing in the desert, everything is possible there. Thanks to Emirates, there are non-stop flights to many destinations worldwide, from Europe you can reach Dubai within 5-6 hours even with cheap flights.
The Best Time to Visit
Dubai reaches temperatures of up to 45° in summer, and even in winter, the weather is hot. The best time to travel is from November to March when temperatures are comparatively low.
From the airport to the city
A taxi from the airport to Jumeirah Beach (where many hotels are located) costs around €13 – €17. By metro, the journey to Burj Khalifa takes about 20 minutes and costs only €1.
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