Star Alliance carrier Turkish Airlines continues to offer great fares from Amsterdam to Asia in their excellent business class. Prices start at €1,133 to Bali. Other destinations include Singapore and Bangkok, or somewhat more expensive, Tokyo. Availability is fantastic, except during the summer vacation.
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.
- Bali: €1,133
- Jakarta: €1,137
- Bangkok: €1,144
- Hong Kong: €1,145
- Manila: €1,159
- Singapore: €1,216
- Kuala Lumpur: €1,233
- Ho-Chi-Minh-City: €1,254
- Hanoi: €1,288
- Tokyo: €1,329
All flights include a layover in Istanbul. You will be allowed to bring up to 40 kg of luggage on any of these trips.
We expect further shakeups in the airline industry over the following months. Some services might be cancelled, aircraft changed or downgraded. The schedule we describe may very well change.
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According to the fare rules, this deal expires on January 15, 2021. The minimum stay requirement is only 2 days, the maximum length of your stay can be up to 12 months. The deal isvalid for travel commencing after April 1, 2021. Availability is great, except between July 2 and September 12, 2021.
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 J. You will benefit from a great mileage accrual in several frequent flyer programs. Please be aware that with Miles & More you will only get 25% of the miles stated below as status miles. Here’s an example mileage accrual for a trip from Amsterdam to Bali:
- 31,160 on TAP Miles & Go
- 27,580 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 23,370 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 21,790 on Miles & More
- 21,030 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 19,470 on EgyptAir Plus
- 17,130 on South African Voyager
- 17,130 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 17,130 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 15,570 on Air India Flying Returns
- 15,570 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 15,570 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 15,570 on SAS EuroBonus
- 15,570 on Asiana Club
- 15,570 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 15,570 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 15,570 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 15,570 on ANA Mileage Club
- 15,570 on United MileagePlus
Turkish Airlines Business Class
Turkish Airlines’ Business Class product receives a lot of praise, especially for their outstanding catering that features on-board chefs on long haul routes. Their seats are comfortable and fully reclineable to a lie flat position.
Main point of criticism is their 2-3-2 seating pattern aboard their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, that denies direct aisle access to the middle seat. Their Airbus A330 family feature are 2-2-2 pattern, which solves this problem. These reviews describe Turkish Airlines’ business class as fantastic and highly underrated:
- Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Review by The Points Guy
- Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Business Class Review by Onemileatatime
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