The Belgian Star Alliance member Brussels Airlines offers a lot of discounted nonstop tickets between their hub in Belgium’s capital and numerous African destinations. Fares to Abidjan in the Ivory Coast start at €387. All fares include meal service and a checked bag up to 23 kg.
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 availability calendar shows all possible flight dates at the lowest fare from trips up to one months. It redirects you to Brussels Airlines’ booking site with pre-selected flight dates.
Brussels Airlines uses an Airbus A330 aircraft for these flights. These planes feature a usual 2-4-2 seating in economy class with a rather generous 81 cm seat pitch.
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While fare rules do not offer any restrictions besides a minimum stay of six days, our research indicates that these flights are only available from now through June 2021, as well as from September onward. Sadly, we cannot say when this offer will expire.
All flights in question can be found easily on Google Flights. An even better option, however, is using our availability calendar above, which will redirect you to Brussels Airlines’ booking site. Be aware, that you will possibly need a visa to enter the Ivory Coast.
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.
Brussels Airlines issues tickets in booking class L. Since these are discounted economy fares, it is not surprising that only little miles will be credited:
- 3,190 on United MileagePlus
- 3,190 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 1,590 on Miles & More
- 1,590 on Asiana Club
- 1,590 on Etihad Guest
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