Travel-Dealz.eu https://travel-dealz.eu/ Your daily Travel Bargains Fri, 09 Dec 2022 17:35:44 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://travel-dealz.eu/app/uploads/cropped-Travel-Dealz-Icon-32x32.png Travel-Dealz.eu https://travel-dealz.eu/ 32 32 Etihad Brings Back the Airbus A380 in Summer 2023 https://travel-dealz.eu/news/etihad-a380-comeback/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/news/etihad-a380-comeback/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2022 17:35:42 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=news&p=42330

Etihad Airways makes avgeek hearts beat faster: The airline from Abu Dhabi has confirmed that it will put the Airbus A380 back into service. The airline plans to retrieve four of its superjumbos from storage in the summer of 2023. Similar to Lufthansa, it is also Etihad’s increased demand for air travel that is making the A380 have another comeback. The airline’s passengers should also be happy about that as the four-engine aircraft enjoys an excellent reputation.

Etihad has not defined “summer 2023” more precisely. Accordingly, it is unknown whether this refers to the summer of the airline industry from April or the “classic” summer. With London Heathrow, the first destination of the returnees is already known. Other than that, the airline has not announced any further details. The super jumbo is also currently not listed in the airline’s flight schedule and is therefore not yet bookable (even if Etihad is already advertising it). Rumours that Etihad might be retrieving part of its A380 fleet began to surface in late summer this year.

Etihad Apartment Bed A380

As a result, the coveted first-class suites and the exclusive luxury product The Residence will return to Etihad’s portfolio in the coming year. With the temporary retirement of the A380 fleet, the only aircraft with a first class product at Etihad was also taken out of service. However, since the demand for premium tickets has also increased significantly worldwide, this could also be worthwhile from that point of view. Etihad’s Airbus A380 has 9 first class suites, 70 business class seats and 405 economy class seats in addition to The Residence.

Source: Etihad

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Hilton Honors: Double Points for Stays until April 2023 (Registration Required) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/hilton-honors-promo/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/hilton-honors-promo/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2022 17:32:24 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=20155#42344

Until December 31, 2022, Hilton is running three interesting promotions for its Hilton Honors loyalty program. By registering for two different promotions, you can earn double points on all stays in Hilton hotels up until April 30, 2023. Each promotion comes with its own, additional benefits.

You need to sign up for both promotions separately:

Hilton Honors Promotion

Double Points for Stays in 2022

All stays will be rewarded with double points. If you check out between Monday and Friday, you’ll even get another 2,000 points on top. This promotion is valid for all new and existing bookings. It is solely necessary that the stay takes place before December 31, 2022, and that you book directly on Hilton.com. Sign up here.

Double Nights for Stays in 2022

In addition to their 2xpoints promo, Hilton has started another promotion. If you register at the link below, each night you spend at a Hilton hotel will count double towards your status. Sign up here.

Double Points for Stays in 2023

If you book a stay before April 30, 2023 (and after January 1, 2022), you will enjoy double earnings on your nightly rates. Even better, you will 1,000 bonus points for each of the 18 Hilton brands that you stay during the travel period. Since this promotion does not cover stays in 2022, you will need to sign up for the first promotion to get double points on these. Sign up here.

Terms & Conditions

There are only a few rules to follow for these promotions:

  • You need to sign up for the promotion first
  • Your stays must be booked via hilton.com
  • Bonus earnings of tier members will not be doubled.

There is no limit on how many points you can earn, each stay will give you double points, on top of your regular earnings

So, go ahead and take advantage of this deal by signing up and booking your next Hilton stay:

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Eastern Canada: €1,365 SkyTeam Business Class from Barcelona & Madrid https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/skyteam-business-spain-canada/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/skyteam-business-spain-canada/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2022 16:49:53 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=42339

SkyTeam members Air France and KLM bring you some excellent premium fares to Montreal and Toronto with departure from Spain. Prices from Barcelona start at €1,365, while flights from Madrid are roughly €40 more expensive. Depending on your origin and destination, you can find flights at the lowest fare all year in 2023.

You can get the following prices with departure from Barcelona:

With departure from Madrid, you can get the following fares:

Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to KLM with your preselected flight dates. The airline sells the cheapest tickets on its website.

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If you are departing from Barcelona, you will first fly to Amsterdam and Paris and cross the Atlantic on an Air France or KLM long-haul plane, directly to Canada. If you start your journey in Madrid, you can also take a Delta 767 to New York first and then continue your journey in Delta’s domestic first towards Toronto or Montreal

Available Business Class Products

You can choose between Air France, Delta and KLM:

Before Covid-19, Air France still had 4 different business class versions, but now, as the A380 & A340 have left the fleet, only 3 remain. The business class in the A380 was no longer up to today’s standards, unlike the business class that’s installed in the Boeing 787-Dreamliner and Airbus A350, which is modern and comfortable. This business class is now continuously being installed in other Air France planes as well.

Air France Business Class Airbus A350
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Search & Book

According to the fare rules, tickets are on sale without a sales period for trips of at least seven days. You can find availabilities from January all the way through October 2023, depending on your origin and destination.

Google Flights helps you find additional flight dates. Since KLM sells the cheapest tickets on its website, it is a no-brainer to book there.

Mileage

KLM issues tickets for the European flights in booking class J, transatlantic tickets are booking class Z. A roundtrip from Barcelona to Toronto via Amsterdam earns the following mileage:

  • 18,072 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 18,072 Kilometers on China Eastern Eastern Miles
  • 17,972 Award Miles + 14,250 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 17,284 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 16,400 Kilometers on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
  • 13,474 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 13,474 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 12,000 Miles on Czech Airlines OK Plus
  • 12,000 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 11,614 Miles on Aeroflot Bonus
  • 11,614 Miles on Vietnam Golden Lotus Plus
  • 11,396 Miles on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
  • 11,306 Miles on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
  • 11,230 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 11,230 Miles on Aerolineas Argentinas Plus
  • 11,230 Miles on Korean Air Skypass
  • 11,230 Miles on Air Europa Club
  • 9,370 Miles on Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • 4,996 Award Miles + 90 XP on FlyingBlue
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

You can calculate your own mileage for different routings with our mileage calculator:

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MSC Fantasia: 13 Nights in a Balcony Cabin from São Paulo to Lisbon in April for €858 pp, incl. Tips https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/msc-fantasia-brazil/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/msc-fantasia-brazil/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2022 11:54:30 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=33177#40786

The MSC Fantasia sets sail from Brazil to Europe in April 2023. You can get onboard for £587 (~€682) in an inside cabin. However, the balcony cabin that starts at £738 (~€857) could be even more attractive for such a long trip (13 nights). All fares include taxes, fees, full board and tips.

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You get full board service with breakfast, lunch and dinner (some speciality restaurants are excluded) as well as cold and hot water, coffee, tea and milk with meals. All cabins have double beds, which can also be converted to single beds if required.

Route

  • April 3: Santos (departs at 19:00)
  • April 4: Rio de Janeiro (14 hours)
  • April 5-6: At sea
  • April 7: Maceió, Brazil (9 hours)
  • April 8-12: At sea
  • April 13: Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands (7 hours)
  • April 14: Funchal, Madeira (9 hours)
  • April 15: At sea
  • April 16: Lisbon

The Ship

The MSC Fantasia was put into service in 2008 and is 333 meters long and 38 meters wide. The ship can go up to 23 knots fast. There are several outdoor pools, an aqua park with water slides, and various bars and restaurants. A total of up to 3,300 guests can be on the ship. There is also a theatre, cigar lounge, spa, kids club and casino. So you won’t get bored that quickly. Main onboard language is English, but the staff usually speaks Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, too. The onboard currency for this cruise is Euro.

This is what the cabins look like on another ship, MSC Meraviglia:

Flights to São Paulo

The ship departs from Santos, which is roughly 50 km away from São Paulo. The cheapest airline for flights to the Brazilian metropolis is usually TAP. Here are some of the cheapest prices from Europe:

Economy class:

Business class:

Viação Cometa has a bus that goes from São Paulo to Santos every half an hour. It takes a bit over an hour to get there and costs roughly €3-7.

Feel free to use our search form to find out how much a flight would cost from your home city:

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Holafly Discount Code: 5% Off All eSims https://travel-dealz.eu/coupon/holafly/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/coupon/holafly/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2022 05:01:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=coupon&p=39986#39992

eSim provider Holafly has given out a coupon code that shaves 5% off their eSim fares. Holafly’s eSims don’t come with a phone number, so you can only use them for data roaming. As of now, the provider offers services covering more than 100 countries, some of them having unlimited data. For example, you can surf with unlimited data in the United States for five days for just €19.00 €18.05.

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The coupon code is:
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Valid until revoked on all eSims.
Valid until revoked on all eSims.

About Holafly eSims

In 2022, Holafly offers superb coverage around the globe. You can purchase their eSims for use in 116 countries. You can also purchase packages covering specific regions (Asia, Europe, North America, South America) – sadly, Holafly’s website doesn’t give any information which countries are included in those packages. The following map shows you, which countries around the globe are covered by Holafly:

Availability of Holafly eSims.

Redeem Holafly Discount Code

Time needed: 2 minutes.

How to redeem your Holafly discount code

  1. Select the packages you want to purchase.

    Select the country, volume and duration of the eSim you want to purchase. Then place them in your virtual shopping cart.
    Redeem Holafly Coupon

  2. Proceed to checkout

    At the end of your shopping spree, proceed to checkout by first clicking on the cart symbol, then hitting the checkout button.
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  3. Enter your Holafly discount code

    You can enter your code in the first step of the payment process.
    Redeem Holafly Coupon III

  4. Enjoy your discount

    If the code you entered is valid, it’s immediately subtracted from your total.
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Seoul, South Korea: €1,307 LOT Business Class from Budapest https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lot-business-budapest/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lot-business-budapest/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2022 12:25:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=6541#40869

Star Alliance member LOT Polish Airlines offers a good deal for its service between Budapest and Seoul, selling business class roundtrips as low as €1,307 (~HUF 547,549) via online travel agencies and for €1,353 (~HUF 566,820) on its website. This fare comes with three pieces of hold luggage and reasonable mileage.

These prices come with a change of planes in Warsaw. While the carrier also offers nonstop services between the two cities, those tickets are approx. €300 more expensive than the connecting flights.

Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to our flight search with your preselected flight dates. There you can choose between OTAs and LOT’s offer. If you’re looking for extra flexibility, we recommend taking LOT’s offer.

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Great price for the long trip to South Korea.

LOT operates a couple of nonstop international routes out of Budapest. All of them are Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner services, with a contemporary business class product. The airline uses the same planes for flights from Warsaw.

The Polish airline LOT only has one long-haul aircraft type, the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) – thus every flight will have the exact same seats. Everything is slightly above average, except the seat alignment (2-2-2), which doesn’t offer direct access to the aisle for the window seats. A further disadvantage of flying with LOT: There’s no Wi-Fi, even if you’d be willing to pay for it. So, if you intend to work (with internet access) during the flight, you should choose a different airline. LOT is, however, very generous with its baggage allowance (3 x 32 kg).

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Though the shortest way leads over Russian airspace, LOT is currently avoiding flying over the country and takes are more Southern route.

Search & Book

According to fare rules, this offer is valid without an expiration date. It is valid for flights leaving Hungary between December 2022 and October 2023. This fare covers trips at least three days long. You have to book at least 28 days in advance to secure the lowest fare. You can find great availability in the first half of 2023, as well as in August and September.

You will have no problem finding these fares on Google Flights (instructions). You can use dates from Google to find the cheapest ticket via our flight search or book directly at LOT.com, where the price will increase by approx. €90.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

LOT issues tickets in booking class F. This is a basic business fare – at least 100% of your travel distance will be credited on most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs:

  • 17,056 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 15,904 Miles on Miles&More
  • 15,414 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 13,502 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 10,852 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 10,804 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 10,790 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 10,604 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 10,276 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 10,276 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 10,276 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 10,276 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 10,276 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 10,276 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 10,276 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 10,276 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 10,276 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 10,272 Award Miles + 1,716 PQP on United MileagePlus
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Seoul usually start at roughly €30, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for South Korea

South Korea, officially Republic of Korea, is a country located on the Southern part of the Korean peninsula. It is one of Asia’s fastest developing countries and features stand alone traits such as language, culture and cuisine. Especially Korean food (Teriyaki) and music (K-Pop) get more and more popular in Europe and North America.

Visa & Immigration

Citizens of the European Union, Canada, America and Australia get 90 days of visa free stay upon arrival. If you’re not from one of these countries or planning on a longer stay, this official website for foreigners travelling to Korea might be of help.

Currency

Korea’s currency is the Korean Won (KRW). €1 equals roughly KRW 1,300. You can exchange currency in cash or withdraw it by using your credit card at various ATMs. The most used banknotes are KRW 1,000; 5,000; 10,000 & 50,000. Paying with credit card is possible is many hotels, stores and restaurants, not unlike in Europe.

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Information & Tips for Seoul

Seoul is the capital of South Korea and with 11.8 million inhabitants and a metropolitan region of around 25.6 million also the largest. The city is an important cultural and economic center in the Asian region.

Flights to Seoul

Flights to Korea are unfortunately not as cheap as to China or Southeast Asia, but there are – especially if you are flexible – some bargains that are definitely worth it.

For flights to Seoul, one should usually be prepared to pay between 400€ and 500€ for a good deal. Often there are also bargains in Business Class, especially from LOT.

You should avoid the school holidays, especially the summer holidays. During this period, airfares quickly rise to more than 700€ and partly reach heights of up to 1.000€ for a direct flight in economy. Good deals are not to be expected during this period.

Best Time to Travel

The best time to visit Seoul is from March to May or from September to November. Thanks to comparatively mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine, these months are best suited for tourism.

Climate diagram for Seoul (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the Airport to the City Center

International long-haul flights usually arrive at Seoul-Incheon Airport. The express train to the city centre departs every 30 minutes and takes 40-45 minutes and costs approx. 6,50€. For a taxi you pay between 47€ and 70€.

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Buy Hilton Honors Points With up to 100% Bonus & Book Hotels as Cheap as €25 https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/buy-hilton-honors-points/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/buy-hilton-honors-points/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2022 11:44:02 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=714#42322

The next great promotion brought to you by Hilton Honors! Currently, you can purchase points from the hotel’s loyalty program and get a 100% bonus if you buy at least 5,000 points. That means the price will be only US$5 (~€5) instead of US$10 (~€9) per 1,000 points — a great deal. And you can book your award night starting at only 5,000 points. As a result, this stay would only cost you US$25 (~€24). This promotion ends on December 31, 2022 05:59 CET.

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Important: Please note: the conditions for this promotion seem to be targeted. Not everybody will receive an offer of 100% bonus points. Log in to your Hilton Honors account to see how much discount you will get.

Buy Points With a Bonus of up to 100%

Normally you pay US$10 (~€9) per 1,000 points. With a bonus of 100%, you only end up paying US$5 (~€5) per 1,000 points. This gives you a price of 0.50 USD-Cent per point.

If you sign up for a Hilton Honors account now, you will have to wait 30 days to purchase points and collect at least one Honors Point. Otherwise, you will have to wait 90 days until the first purchase of points.

The current promotion runs until December 31, 2022 05:59 CET, so you still have some time to decide if you want to buy points or not.

Redeeming Points

Since March 1, 2017, Hilton Honors no longer divides hotels into fixed categories but has priced them according to availability and season. Additionally, the possibility was created to combine points and money in pretty much whatever combination you want.

Whether these changes are positive or negative for members cannot be said with full certainty. Officially, however, Hilton has promised that no hotels will become more expensive as a result of the change.

Hilton also provides a special tool that shows the former categories and required points for each hotel:

Note: If you only have a few points in your Honors account, you will only see availability for hotels for which you have enough points. If you wish to check availability regardless of your account balance, simply log out of your account!

In the past, Hilton hotels were divided into hotel categories from 1 to 10. Depending on the category, a Redemption Night cost between 5,000 and 95,000 points in a standard room:

  • Category 1: 5,000 Points = US$25 (~€24)
  • Category 2: 10,000 Points = US$50 (~€47)
  • Category 3: 20,000 Points = US$100 (~€95)
  • Category 4: 20,000 – 30,000 Points = US$100 (~€95) – US$150 (~€142)
  • Category 5: 30,000 – 40,000 Points = US$150 (~€142) – US$200 (~€190)
  • Category 6: 30,000 – 50,000 Points = US$150 (~€142) – US$250 (~€237)
  • Category 7: 30,000 – 60,000 Points = US$150 (~€142) – US$300 (~€284)
  • Category 8: 40,000 – 70,000 Points = US$200 (~€190) – US$350 (~€332)
  • Category 9: 50,000 – 80,000 Points = US$250 (~€237) – US$400 (~€379)
  • Category 10: 70,000 – 95,000 Points = US$350 (~€332) – US$475 (~€450)

One can still think along the lines of these categories. However, many hotels in the higher categories have become considerably cheaper depending on the season.

For most 5-star Hilton, Waldorf-Astoria, and Conrad hotels, you still have to pay between 60,000 and 80,000 points. If you assume a price of 70,000 points, you currently have to pay US$350 (~€332). An extreme example is the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island with 95,000 points = US$475 (~€450). That is rarely a good deal, but there are of course exceptions, such as New Year’s or trade fairs. Hotels that are available for 5,000 to 20,000 points are more interesting!

If you have at least Silver status with Honors (currently there is a Status Match Challenge available), the 5th night in all categories is free. If you stay in a hotel for 5,000 points/night, you essentially only pay 4,000 points/night for 5 nights (or about $20 when you buy points).

Here are some hotels that are cheaper to book with points than with cash:

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport for 5,000 Points

The Hilton Garden Inn on Bali is located right next to the airports and available for as little as 5,000 points. The hotel usually charges €40 per night. With points, you can get a rate of US$25 (~€24) per night or even US$20 (~€19) per night for a stay of five nights or more.

While the location isn’t the best to explore the island, it’s ideal to dampen your jet lag or positioning for an early departure. We have reviewed the hotel twice, once in 2019 and once in 2022, so we can assure you: the pandemic hasn’t changed much:

Hampton by Hilton Kraków, Poland for 10,000 points

The Hampton by Hilton Kraków was one of the few Category 1 hotels in Europe and was bookable for 5,000 points until the end of 2017. Meanwhile, it also costs 10,000 points.

While it is not located in the city centre but rather a bit further out near a shopping centre, it is a great deal for 10,000 points = $50 it is still cheap! Normally, the hotel costs between €60 and €120.

Points & Money

With the new Points & Money option, you can pay almost any part of the overnight price with points and the rest with money. But you have to redeem at least 5,000 points, after that, you can adjust the points part in increments of 1,000.

The goal should be to get more value out of the points you have bought than you have paid for them. 1,000 points should reduce the price of a night by at least $5.

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Points&Money Option

That’s not as easy as it sounds. Hotels, where you get a higher value than $5 per 1,000 points, are difficult to find. In my opinion, it is not worth redeeming for a hotel below $7 per 1,000 points. In addition, you should note that you can usually not book the cheapest rate, and you can only earn points for the part that is paid with money.

Feel free to share great redemptions you found as a comment!

Risks

Hilton heavily devalued the points in 2013. The redemption prices have more than doubled for many hotels. Before that, you needed at most 50,000 points (except Waldorf Astoria properties) for one night. After that, it was 80,000 points.
However, there was also a new benefit: Silver, Gold, and Platinum customers receive the 5th night for free when they book their redemption stay

Although Hilton has promised that no hotel will cost more points than before after getting rid of the fixed hotel categories, Hilton can now change the required points for a hotel at any time and without notice. There are now almost no 5,000 point redemptions in Central Europe, but at least some hotels are now bookable for 10,000 points…

You should not buy points or miles merely to hoard them. It is important that you first find a lucrative way to redeem your points and then buy them.

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Nordic Choice Hotels: 5 Nights in Scandinavia for €445 (€89/Night) incl. Breakfast https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/nordic-choice-hotels-pass/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/nordic-choice-hotels-pass/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2022 10:50:15 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=26509#42317

The Nordic Choice hotel group has a very special deal for this summer: At a fixed price of €445 for 5 nights, you can buy the Nordic Hotel Pass. The nights can then be redeemed between December 20, 2022, and April 16, 2023, at over 100 hotels in Norway, Sweden, Copenhagen, Vilnius and Helsinki. Effectively, you’d be paying €89 per night for a double room for two people, and breakfast is usually included. You can even stay at Clarion Collection Hotels, where you get a small dinner as well.

You don’t have to stay all five nights at once. A weekend in Oslo, a night in Copenhagen and two more nights in Malmö, split over three months, are possible with this offer.

Nordic Choice Hotels Take Five

You can sleep at any of these participating hotels. The list includes Quality, Comfort, Clarion, ps:hotel, and GLO hotels. The hotels are mostly mid-tier hotels, which tend to cost between €70 and €140. The Clarion Collection hotels, however, are on a higher level. You can even stay in hotels that are not part of the pass – in that case, €89 will be taken off your bill.

Search & Book

  1. Buy your hotel pass on the landing page.
  2. You will receive the hotel pass by email.
  3. You have to book your rooms via this page.
  4. At check-in, you’ll have to show your pass and its unique code.

Very fair: There’s availability as long as there’s still an empty room in the hotel! That should usually be the case during the Scandinavian winter.

Terms & Conditions

Here are some of the most important terms & conditions:

  • Up to 2 people per stay.
  • You can stay all nights consecutively or spread them out.
  • The pass can be used on the following days:
    • All days between December 20 – January 8
    • Thursdays through Mondays January 9 – February 12
    • All days between February 13 – March 12
    • Thursdays through Mondays March 13 – April 2
    • All days between April 3 – April 16
  • Only applicable to standard rooms.
  • Valid for stays between June 24 and August 21.
  • You will earn 899 points per night and a qualifying night each night.
  • Breakfast is included, except in Comfort Hotel Xpress, At Six and Glo Hotel Airport hotels.
  • You can use your nights at hotels that are not included in the pass. In that case, €89 will be taken off your bill.

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Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver: €339 Air Canada Flights from Amsterdam in Early 2023 (Cabin Bags Only) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/economy-class-amsterdam-canada/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/economy-class-amsterdam-canada/#respond Thu, 08 Dec 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=10935#42311

Star Alliance member Air Canada selling discounted tickets for flights from Amsterdam to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary. You can get a round-trip for prices starting at only €339. Sadly, luggage isn’t included, so adding 23 kg of luggage would increase the price by €140 with the single online travel agency that offers this fare. Air Canada sells these tickets on their own website for €390 and charges an additional €120 for checked bags.

Our availability calendar highlights all possible flight dates at the lowest price for trips up to 28 days. It will forward you to our flight search with your preselected flight dates. Only a single online travel agency offers the cheapest tickets. You can also purchase them on Air Canada’s website for €50 more.

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First, you will cross the Atlantic Ocean on an Air Canada Boeing 787 to Toronto. An Airbus A320 family plane will take you westwards from there. If you are not keen on making the shortest possible connection, you can fly from Toronto to Vancouver on a Boeing 787, too.

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According to the fare rules, these prices are available until December 12, 2022 for travel before April 2023. However, the remaining tickets left at this price are for February and March departures. You need to spend a night from Saturday to Sunday or six days in Canada to get the lowest fare.

Google Flights (instructions) will be helpful when searching for additional flight dates. You can check out what online travel agencies have to offer via our flight search or skyscanner. You can also select Air Canada’s offer via these portals.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

Air Canada issues tickets for all flight segments in booking class K, somewhat limiting your earning opportunities. The following represents the longest possible flight to Vancouver.

  • 5,988 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 5,800 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 4,760 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 3,720 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 3,720 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 3,720 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 3,720 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 2,902 Miles on Miles&More
  • 2,902 Award Miles + 580 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 2,902 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 1,862 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 1,860 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 1,860 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 1,860 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 1,860 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 1,860 Miles on GOL Aéreos Smiles
  • 1,040 Award Miles + 2,900 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.
Information & Tips for Canada

The North American country of Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of surface area. In Canada, English and French are the official languages. Tourists visit Canada because of its many natural attractions and large cities, and the flight prices vary between the east and west coasts. Flights to the east coast e.g. to Toronto or Montreal regularly cost less than 400€. For flights to the west coast, e.g. to Vancouver or Calgary, prices are closer to 400€ – 600€. Other destinations are mostly only reachable with an additional domestic flight. Just like in the USA, most airlines now only offer cheap fares that do not include checked baggage. For checked baggage you should budget an additional 50€ per direction.

Best Time to Travel

Canada is a huge country with many varying climate conditions, but it is safe to say that the winters (November to March) are very cold and snowy in most regions. Summers are relatively mild and partly rainy.

Immigration & Visa Requirements

Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 6 months. However, an electronic travel waiver (eTA) must be applied for, similar to the ESTA required for entry into the USA. This costs CA$7 (~€5) and is valid for up to 5 years.

Currency

Canada’s national currency is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). One euro is approximately CA$1.44. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% to pay in CAD.

Transfer from Canada to the USA

Canada is located north of the USA and is the only other country apart from Mexico that shares a border with it (2 borders, actually: Alaska borders Canada in the southeast!) At many airports in Canada US immigration is already done before departure, so you arrive in the USA as a “domestic” passenger in the domestic terminal which can potentially save you lots of time since you do not have to stand in line at customs upon arriving. By land the same entry formalities take place as at the airport or by train at the station in Canada. Most EU citizens don’t need a visa and can instead make use of the digital ESTA procedure.

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New York: Nonstop for €766 in United Airlines’ Premium Economy from Amsterdam https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/united-premium-economy-amsterdam-new-york/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/united-premium-economy-amsterdam-new-york/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2022 15:14:26 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=36664

From Amsterdam, the Star Alliance is offering reduced premium economy tickets to the USA. Particularly interesting are the direct flights with United Airlines to New York, which are available for €762. Availability for direct connections is best in early 2023, although there are some November flight dates.

You can book the offer easily using the following search form. Simply select the desired travel dates there and then let yourself be forwarded to either United or Lufthansa for booking. All cheap travel dates for a maximum stay of 28 days have been highlighted in green for you.

Hint

To get the redirect to United’s website to work, you need to visit united.com at least once before.

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United operates Boeing 777 and 787 planes on this route. The triple seven planes feature a 2-4-2 seating pattern in their premium economy section, in contrast to 3-4-3 in regular economy. In the Dreamliner, you can expect a 2-3-2 instead of a 3-3-3 pattern.

Search & Book

According to the fare rules, the offer is valid until December 12, 2022. Availability for direct connections is best in early 2023, although there are some November flight dates.

The minimum stay requirement is 4 nights or one Sunday. You can stay for a maximum of 3 months. The ESTA travel authorization costs US$21 (~€20) and entitles you to stay up to a maximum of 90 days at a time.

You can find suitable connections via Google Flights (instructions). We then recommend booking directly on Lufthansa’s website.

Mileage

The booking class is R (United). You should get the following number of miles:

  • 10,566 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 7,294 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 7,294 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 7,294 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 7,294 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 7,294 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
  • 7,294 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 7,294 Miles on Vistara Club Vistara
  • 7,294 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
  • 7,294 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 7,294 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 7,294 Miles on Azul TudoAzul
  • 7,294 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 7,294 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 7,292 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 7,292 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 5,106 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 3,434 Award Miles + 686 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 2,652 Award Miles + 7,292 Tier Miles on Miles&More
  • 1,824 Avios on Aer Lingus AerClub
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Hotels

Hotel prices in New York usually start at roughly €130, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

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Aegean Gives Away Miles+Bonus Miles For Free (Up to 2,000,000) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/aegean-milesbonus-free-miles/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/aegean-milesbonus-free-miles/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2022 13:39:07 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=24059

Are you a member at Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus? Then you should log into your account. You can currently get a randomized amount of miles for free, while the program is celebrating its 20th year of existence.

According to the website, the promotion runs until December 23, 2022 and all you need to take part is an activated Miles+Bonus account. Then click the link above, log in and answer two simple questions. Unsurprisingly, each account can participate in the promotion only once.

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While the site claims that gifts up to 2,000,000 miles are possible, most members seem to receive a relatively small number of 500 to 2,000 miles.

The program is famous for being one of the easiest ways to claim Star Alliance Gold status. While it is more difficult today than it was ten years ago, the program is still worth a closer look:

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Kilimanjaro: €345 Eurowings Discover Flights from Denmark (w/o Luggage) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/eurowings-discover-denmark-kilimanjaro/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/eurowings-discover-denmark-kilimanjaro/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2022 11:24:08 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=42294

At 5895 m above sea level, Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain massif in Africa and a popular destination. Lufthansa & Eurowings Discover are currently offering tickets to Kilimanjaro Airport for €345 starting from Billund or, at a slightly higher price, from Copenhagen.

The price only includes hand luggage, while the fare with luggage is available for around €100 extra. You can travel from April to May 2023.

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A rebooking is possible for a fee of €100. However, the price difference will also have to be paid.

To book the flights, simply select the desired travel dates and click on the blue button. We will then forward you to Lufthansa’s booking site. We have highlighted the cheapest dates with a maximum stay of 28 days in green.

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As a rule, you’ll first fly to Frankfurt with Lufthansa. From there, the Eurowings Discover Airbus A330 will take you to Kilimanjaro via Mombasa. You probably don’t have to leave the plane. The legroom is 76 cm.

Search & Book

Unfortunately, the fare rules do not state an expiration date. Availability is good from April to May 2023. The minimum stay is 6 days or one night from Saturday to Sunday, and according to the fare rules, you can spend a maximum of 12 months at the travel destination.

You can find suitable dates quickly and easily with the help of Google Flights (instructions). You can then book directly on Lufthansa’s website.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in booking class K. As Eurowings Discover isn’t part of any alliance, you don’t have many options:

  • 2,372 Award Miles + 474 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 1,140 Award Miles + 2,834 Tier Miles on Miles&More
  • 250 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 236 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Kilimanjaro usually start at roughly €160 – €170, depending on the hotel category and the specific dates. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa and probably best known by tourists for the semi-autonomous region Zanzibar. But also people that are into game drives will get their money’s worth in Tanzania since it is home to 4 big national parks. And if that’s not enough, you could still climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africas highest mountain.

Best Time to Visit

There really is no right or wrong time to visit this well-loved location. That said, the best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October. The best chance of seeing the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti is during June and July and the time to see the wildebeest calving is late January to February.

Entry & Visa

All EU passport holders are eligible for a visa on arrival. The cost of a single-entry visa is about €50 for citizens of European countries.

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Travelpro Discount Code: 15% Off Bags, Suitcases and More https://travel-dealz.eu/coupon/travelpro/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/coupon/travelpro/#respond Wed, 07 Dec 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=coupon&p=39935#42262

Renown luggage manufacturer Travelpro has issued a coupon code that gives you the opportunity to save 15% on purchases on their side. Articles on sale include suitcases, trolley, backpacks, laptop bags and more. The code is valid until December 20, 2022 and has no minimum spending or maximum savings.

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15% savings on luggage by Travelpro.

About Travelpro

Travelpro is a brand that has been around for more than thirty years and lays claim to the popularization of trolleys: first among flight crews and later travellers itself. A former pilot laid the foundation to the company, a reason why their luggage is tailored to people travelling frequently for both work and leisure. Many airlines form an official partnership with Travelpro, buying suitcases and trolleys for their employees exclusively for them, as stated on Travelpro’s website.

Travelpro not only prides itself of superior design, but the outstanding durability of their luggage. That’s why most of their articles come with 5-year-warranty.

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    Stroll through Travelpro’s online shop and select articles you’d like to purchase. Then but them in your basket and proceed to checkout.
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    On the first step of the payment process, you can enter the discount code.
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    If the discount code is valid, your savings and new price are displayed immediately.
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LATAM Business Class to Belo Horizonte, Brazil for €1,330 from London https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/latam-business-london-belo-horizonte/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/latam-business-london-belo-horizonte/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:55:42 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=40698

Virgin Atlantic is currently offering cheap tickets for business class flights with LATAM to Belo Horizonte in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Departing from London, these tickets are available starting at €1,330 if you book through an online travel agency. Availability is good from January to March 2023. Outbound and return flights are via São Paulo, where stopovers are also possible.

You can also simply use the following form to be forwarded to our Travel-Dealz flight search to find the cheapest OTA price or to Virgin Atlantic (about €115 more expensive). We have marked availability in green for you:

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First, a Boeing 777 will fly you for almost 12 hours to São Paulo. The onward flight will then take place in planes from the Airbus A320 family. All flights are operated by LATAM.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not say how long the offer will remain available. You can travel between February and June 2023. The minimum stay is not defined, and you can stay a maximum of 12 months.

You can find available dates very easily with the help of Google Flights (instructions). You can book the flights via our Travel-Dealz flight search or directly with Virgin Atlantic.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in Virgin Atlantic’s booking class I. The following credits should therefore be possible:

  • 24,746 Miles on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
  • 24,744 Award Miles + 19,134 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
  • 19,134 Award Miles + 84 XP on FlyingBlue
  • 18,558 Miles on HawaiianMiles
  • 18,558 Miles on Virgin Australia Velocity
  • 15,466 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 15,466 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 15,466 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Belo Horizonte usually start at roughly €20-30, depending on the hotel category and specific dates. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for Brazil

Brazil is probably the country in South America that is most frequented by tourists. Whether it’s the carnival or the Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro or touring the Amazon, visitors will get their money’s worth here.

Traditionally, flights to South America and Brazil from Europe are quite expensive, but since a few years, there are increasingly cheap offers, especially with Iberia and TAP.

Best Time to Visit

Brazil is a vast country – so there is no such thing as an overall best travel time. It all depends on what you want to see. It is best to visit the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo autumn and spring while the dry season fort the rainforest is from May to September.

Climate diagram for Sao Paulo (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Rio De Janeiro (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Brasilia (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

EU citizens do not require a visa for stays of up to 90 days and can enter with a passport only. Note that, similar to the USA, that after your first stop in Brazil your luggage must be collected and brought through customs. Calculate accordingly when booking a connecting flight.

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Muscat: €210 Pegasus Flights from Amsterdam (€268 w/ Luggage) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/pegasus-amsterdam-middle-east/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/pegasus-amsterdam-middle-east/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2022 15:28:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=36201

Pegasus is currently selling cheap tickets to Muscat with prices starting at €210. Though Pegasus is not exactly the most popular airline on earth, the relatively low surcharge for a 20 kg piece of luggage does make this deal interesting, as they only charge €29 in each direction.

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You can pay €11 to make these tickets refundable.

Our calendar displays all available dates for trips between 3-21 days in green. Once you’ve selected the dates that suit you best, we’ll redirect you to Pegasus’ booking site:

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Pegasus is a low-cost carrier, meaning that you won’t get anything to eat on these flights, so make sure to pack a lunch/dinner. Also, these flights are not non-stop as they have a layover in Istanbul (SAW).

Search & Book

The only restriction stated in the fare rules is that you have to fly before March 25. You can find all available dates on our calendar above, as well as on Google Flights. You can then book on Pegasus’ website.

Destination

Hotel prices in Muscat usually start at roughly €25 – €40, depending on the hotel category and the specific dates. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

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Eurowings Discover Business Class to Panama Starting at €1,309 from France https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/eurowings-discover-business-france-panama/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/eurowings-discover-business-france-panama/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2022 13:55:23 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=42275

Lufthansa is currently selling business class tickets to Panama City from Strasbourg and Paris starting at €1,309, with the main flights being operated by Eurowings Discover and Copa. We were able to find availability from March to May and October to November 2023.

Unfortunately, the deal has a catch: you have to change planes in Punta Cana on the return flight. Copa and Eurowings Discover probably use different terminals there, i.e. you may have to enter the Dom. Rep. to change the terminal.

If that doesn’t put you off, you can read how to book the tickets in the Search & Book section. Because prices below €1,400 are only displayed if you use the multi-stop search.

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In the event of a rebooking, Lufthansa will charge €250 plus the price difference. It is also no longer possible to change the origin or destination when rebooking.

You can also use the form below to book tickets directly on Lufthansa’s website. As mentioned above, there are availabilities from March to May and October to November 2023:

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Airlines & Layovers

First, you’ll fly with Lufthansa from France to Frankfurt. If you depart from Strasbourg, the short segment will be by bus – there is only an economy class in a typical 2-2 arrangement. From Paris, on the other hand, you fly in Lufthansa Business Class (= free middle seat + meals). Incidentally, departures from Lyon, Toulouse and other cities in France are also possible.

The long-haul route from Frankfurt to Panama will then take place on board an Airbus A330 operated by Eurowings Discover. The business class there is expected to be identical to Lufthansa’s business class (arranged in a 2-2-2 formation). However, a short-term switch to the jets with an Edelweiss configuration would also be possilbe. Either way, you will definitely enjoy the lie-flat seats.

On the way back, you have to fly with Copa to Punta Cana for roughly 2 hours. Depending on the flight, the hop is done either lie-flat (737 Max) or in recliner seats. From Punta Cana to Frankfurt (after the terminal change) you’ll again fly with Eurowings Discover. Some options with Edelweiss via Zurich are also available.

Search & Book

How long the offer is still valid is not stated in the fare rules. There is availability during the following travel periods:

  • March until May 2023
  • October until November 2023

Apparently, there are no restrictions on the minimum or maximum stay. In theory, a stopover is allowed for €75, but we couldn’t find any options with a stopover in Punta Cana.

Finding availability is a bit more difficult. Google Flights shows some, but by no means all, available dates. It’s better to use the ITA Matrix (instructions). Due to the limited computing time, it is best to limit the flight options using the routing codes, e.g. as follows:

As soon as you have found something there, you can switch to the multi-stop search on Lufthansa.com to book (or simply use our own search form above to be redirected). It is important here that you search for the three routes: Paris – Panama | Panama – Punta Cana | Punta Cana – Paris. Then you have to select the segments one after the other as they were displayed in the matrix:

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If everything went well, you should see a total price of around €1.3xx in the last step.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in booking class P, the segment with Copa is in D. Since Eurowings Discover is not a member of the Star Alliance, there are unfortunately only a few options for mileage credit:

  • 11,862 Award Miles + 2,374 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 11,829 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 4,400 Award Miles + 13,298 Tier Miles on Miles&More
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Panama usually start at roughly €40 – €60, depending on the hotel. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for Panama

Panama is the safest and most developed country in Central America. Thanks to the construction of the Panama Canal, the country experienced a strong economic boom and is now considered an important trade destination. Tourists also get their money’s worth thanks to the numerous natural sights and the capital Panama City.

Best Time to Visit

Winter between December and March is the best time for a trip to Panama. This is the dry season where temperatures are moderate and humidity relatively low. However, you should be aware that prices are significantly higher at this time of year. On the Caribbean (East) coast the weather is always a bit rainy and warmer than on the Pacific (West) coast of the country. From May to November there can be strong tropical storms with high wind speeds and massive amounts of precipitation.

Immigration & Visa Requirements

Most EU citizens do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 180 days and can enter with a passport. Please note that in some cases a return flight ticket or a certificate of onward travel is required on entry. Consult with your country’s state department or ministry of foreign affairs for the exact regulations.

Currency

The national currency of Panama is the Balboa (PAB). It is anchored 1:1 to the US Dollar exchange rate (USD), i.e. one Balboa is always equal to one US Dollar. Many credit cards may charge a foreign currency fee of up to 2% for payment in Balboa or Dollars. Credit cards are accepted relatively widely, and the US Dollar is virtually as widespread as the Balboa.

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Stay at the 4-Star Grand Supicha City Hotel in Phuket for €17 (Refundable) https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/grand-supicha-city-hotel-phuket/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/grand-supicha-city-hotel-phuket/#respond Tue, 06 Dec 2022 11:46:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=37472#42293

If you’re looking for a cheap 4-star hotel in Thailand, look no further. You can currently book a room at the Grand Supicha City Hotel in Phuket for only €17. These prices are available from now until early April. Also, this is a fully refundable rate!

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You can freely choose between a room with one king bed or with twin beds. Either way, you’ll have access to complimentary coffee, tea, and water. Parking is also included, as is Wi-Fi.

This deal is available during the dry months, which are sunny and have temperatures between 25 and 31 °C on most days.

The Hotel

The Grand Supicha City Hotel is a relaxed 4-star hotel, which is only a 15-minute walk away from Phuket’s famous Sunday Walking Street Market. The hotel has a large pool, good service, clean rooms, and even offers a free small breakfast.

Previous guests have left good reviews, many of them praising the pool and the excellent location. Overall, the hotel has an average rating of 4.2/5 on Google and 8.3/10 on Agoda.

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The hotel is located in the Mueang Phuket District. It’s probably wise to rent a car to explore the island. Many sights, such as Phuket’s Tiger Kingdom, are only a 20-minute drive away. There’s not much to see within walking distance, except the previously mentioned Sunday Walking Street Market. Even though there are quite a few hotels in the hotel’s vicinity, other areas of the city may be more appealing. The airport is also far away, a 40-minute drive being necessary to get there. Again, renting a car would be wise. At least you have free parking!

Price Check

This is the cheapest price we could find for a 4-star hotel in Phuket, especially for a refundable rate. According to Google, this price is 38% cheaper than usual, and Agoda states that this price is extremely rare and the lowest price they’ve had in the last 6 months.

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Chicago: €1,312 LOT Business Class From Sweden https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lot-business-stockholm-chicago/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lot-business-stockholm-chicago/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2022 15:22:58 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=26586#41819

Polish Star Alliance member LOT is selling business class tickets from Stockholm and Gothenburg to Chicago for only €1,312 (~SEK 14,354). A change of planes in Warsaw is necessary both ways, but your lounge access should make up for that.

Flights from Gothenburg come with a catch – a second stop on the outbound leg, as you will fly to Chicago from Krakow instead of Warsaw, but still fly to the Polish capital first.

Our availability calendar shows all possible flights at the lowest fare for trips up to 28 days. We set a 21-hour duration filter for all four routes that don’t require an overnight layover. It will forward you to our flight search where you can find the cheapest tickets, or it redirects you to Google Flights, in case you want to book with the airline for €50 more.

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LOT Polish Airlines offers cheap flights from Sweden to North America.

After a rather short flight to Warsaw, you’d then fly to your destination on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. If you purchase tickets from Gothenburg, you will first fly from Sweden to Warsaw, then board another plane for the short hop to Krakow, then board a LOT 787 to continue your journey to Chicago. The inbound features only one stop in Warsaw.

The Polish airline LOT only has one long-haul aircraft type, the Boeing 787 (Dreamliner) – thus every flight will have the exact same seats. Everything is slightly above average, except the seat alignment (2-2-2), which doesn’t offer direct access to the aisle for the window seats. A further disadvantage of flying with LOT: There’s no Wi-Fi, even if you’d be willing to pay for it. So, if you intend to work (with internet access) during the flight, you should choose a different airline. LOT is, however, very generous with its baggage allowance (3 x 32 kg).

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© LOT

Search & Book

You need to spend at least 6 days or a Sunday at your destination. There is no sales or travel period mentioned in the fare rules, but availabilities cease in June 2023. You need to book at least seven days in advance to get the discounted tickets.

Google Flights shows you additional flight dates. You can simply select your preferred dates on our calendar above and book through our flight search. Sadly, prices increase if you try to continue to LOT’s website. That’s why you have to go there directly or use Google’s redirect.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mileage

The tickets are issued in booking class F, meaning that you’ll be credited the following number of miles for a trip from Stockholm to Chicago:

  • 16,744 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 15,606 Miles on Miles&More
  • 15,606 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
  • 13,180 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
  • 10,924 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
  • 10,594 Miles on Asiana Club
  • 10,544 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 10,404 Award Miles + 1,738 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 10,404 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
  • 10,404 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
  • 10,404 Miles on South African Voyager
  • 10,404 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
  • 10,404 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 10,404 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
  • 10,404 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 10,404 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 10,404 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 10,404 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles is probably the best option for these flights, even if Thai Royal Orchid Plus will directly give you the (rather worthless) Star Alliance Silver status for this booking.

Destination

Hotel prices in Chicago usually start at roughly €70-€100, depending on the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

Information & Tips for USA

The USA offers many sights, natural wonders and cultural significance. Thanks to numerous airlines offering flights across the Atlantic, it is always pretty inexpensive to get there. Alternatively, you can also cross the Atlantic by boat.

Immigration, ESTA & Visa Requirements

The USA has one of the strictest entry regulations in the world. Most EU citizens, among others, are lucky to be able to participate in the so-called Visa Waiver Program. If you get an electronic entry permit (ESTA)  for approximately €20, you don’t need a visa for entry.

The Best Time to Visit

Due to its sheer size, the perfect time to visit the USA varies greatly from region to region. In winter, Florida is very popular due to the mild temperatures. In the summer the West and East Coasts are flooded by tourists which drives up the prices for hotels and flights and during the Indian Summer in late autumn New England is a very popular destination. The hurricane season between July and September can be dangerous in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. Florida and the southern states are regularly struck by these tropical storms. Blizzards occur from the East Coast to the Midwest during the winter months and regularly put air traffic and public life on hold.

Climate diagram for New York City, New York (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Los Angeles, California (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Miami, Florida (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Currency

The US dollar is widely used throughout the world and accepted as a currency in most tourist hotspots worldwide. That being said, carrying cash isn’t necessary in the US, all you need is a credit card! These are very common in the USA and are accepted pretty much everywhere without any issues. If you already have a credit card in your wallet, you should make sure that it does not charge a foreign currency fee if possible. Carrying a few dollars in cash doesn’t hurt though. You might need cash e.g. for the bus ticket if you want to buy it directly from the driver. Most of the time you even have to give exact change.

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Information & Tips for Chicago

Chicago is the third largest city in the USA with about 2.7 million inhabitants and an important economic and cultural center. The city attracts about 55 million visitors every year and has a lot to offer in terms of tourism.

Best Time to Visit

The best weather for tourists is in May, June, September and October. Summers can become very hot and humid, winters are often associated with snow storms and double-digit temperatures below zero.

Climate diagram for Chicago, Illinois (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

From the Airport to the City Center

Two commercial airports serve the metropolitan area of Chicago, the larger Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (DCA). Long-haul flights are serviced by ORD, which is also a hub for Star Alliance carrier United Airlines and Oneworld carrier American Airlines. MDW mainly serves domestic flights and is Southwest’s hub.

Chicago O’Hare Intl. Airport

By CTA train (Blue Line, journey time 35 – 50 minutes) the journey from the airport to the city costs $5, in the other direction only $2.25. A taxi costs – depending on traffic – between $40 and $50, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper. The journey time can vary between 30 and 60 minutes.

Chicago Midway Intl. Airport

This airport can also be reached by CTA train (Orange Line, travel time 25 minutes, same prices as ORD). Taxis take about 30 minutes and cost $30 to $40, Uber and Lyft are slightly cheaper.

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Lufthansa Business Class to Nigeria for €1,348 from Amsterdam https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lufthansa-business-amsterdam-nigeria/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/deal/lufthansa-business-amsterdam-nigeria/#respond Mon, 05 Dec 2022 14:16:32 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=deal&p=42257

Business class flights to Nigeria are generally quite expensive, usually costing around €2,700. However, if you depart from Amsterdam, the price currently starts at €1,348. There is availability for travel until October 2023.

Info

The tickets can be rebooked for a fee of €250 plus the price difference.

There is availability until October 2023. To book the flights, you can simply use our search form. After one click, you will be forwarded directly to the booking on Lufthansa’s website. We have marked available dates in green:

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First, you will fly to Frankfurt in aircraft from the Airbus A320 family, from where you will then fly non-stop in an Airbus A330 with a lie-flat business class to Abuja or Lagos.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not state how long the offer will remain valid. It is available for travel from January to October 2023. The minimum stay requirement is 8 days and the maximum is 12 months.

You can find available dates very easily with the help of Google Flights (instructions), or simply use our own calendar above. You can book the flights directly on Lufthansa’s website.

Mileage

The booking class is P. To give you an example, flying to Abuja, you will receive the following number of miles:

  • 10,732 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
  • 7,660 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
  • 7,174 Points on SAS EuroBonus
  • 6,128 Award Miles + 1,226 PQP on United MileagePlus
  • 6,128 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
  • 6,128 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
  • 6,128 Miles on LATAM Pass
  • 5,924 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
  • 4,472 Award Miles + 7,172 Tier Miles on Miles&More
  • 4,290 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
Data provided by wheretocredit.com. Without guarantee on correctness.

Destination

Hotel prices in Nigeria usually start at roughly €25 – €55, depending on the city and the hotel category. Whichever category and hotel you opt for, make sure to get the best price! Our recommendation is to search on booking.com, or even on our own Travel-Dealz hotel search:

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Flying as an Overweight Person: 9 Tips for Traveling Comfortably https://travel-dealz.eu/blog/flying-as-overweight-person/?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss-feed https://travel-dealz.eu/blog/flying-as-overweight-person/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://travel-dealz.eu/?post_type=article&p=29675#42211

Every year, when the temperatures rise again, the desire for a warm holiday grows stronger for many. But for people with a few pounds more on their hips, the thought of a flight can turn into a nightmare, because even with normal dimensions you don’t have a lot of space on the plane. It can also be uncomfortable for a slim person to sit next to a heavyweight.

In order to avoid such cases, we have put together 9 tips to make traveling easier:

1. Ask for a Belt Extension

Belt extensions are carried on every aircraft. If the length of the belt is the problem and the seat spacing otherwise fits, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for an extension. A belt extension can be a simple solution, especially for men whose problematic area is mainly their stomach.

Anyone who feels uncomfortable at the thought of asking for a seat belt extension in front of other passengers can discreetly ask the flight attendants for an extension when boarding.

2. Book Business Class

The advantages of booking a business class ticket for a long-haul flight are obvious: a wider seat, more legroom, and usually a longer belt.

But a business class seat can also offer advantages on short journeys. The seats are not wider, but the free middle seat gives you the opportunity to spread your legs a bit, and the table can also be used in the middle seat instead of your own seat. In some cases, the distance between the seats is a little larger (more on this under tip 8).

Warning

Better not book the first row! The armrests are mostly rigid and can’t be lifted, as the retractable table is stowed in them.

Eurowings Sitzplatz Reihe 1 CRJ-900 Armlehnen
Rigid armrests in row 1 in the CRJ-900

But not only the seat width, but also the belt length, or the mixture of both, is decisive. Air France is almost the only airline to list the seat widths in detail. They also indicate up to what body size the seats are suitable. On short-haul routes, the seats in economy and premium economy are suited for up to 135 cm in body circumference, in business class on short-haul and premium economy on long-haul for up to 150 cm, and in first class and business class on long-haul even up to 200 cm. This shows the clear differences between economy on short-haul routes and, for example, business class on long-haul routes.

Of course, not everyone can afford a business class ticket. However, if you don’t have a set destination, with a bit of luck you can book an error fare and get a cheap business class ticket.

3. Book Premium Economy

Many airlines now offer a third or fourth class on long-haul flights: Premium economy class. The tickets are usually not quite as expensive as business class tickets, but you have to expect twice the economy price.

Unfortunately, this class is not very standardized. Most airlines, however, install significantly higher quality seats in premium economy class than in economy class, which are also wider than normal economy seats due to the fact that fewer seats are installed per row. In addition, each seat has its own armrest and the seat spacing is usually significantly larger.

For example, the Airbus A380-800 from Lufthansa is equipped with a 3-4-3 configuration in economy and a 2-4-2 configuration in premium economy. This results in seats with a seat width of 48 cm instead of 46 cm and a seat pitch of 96 cm instead of 79 cm.

You can find a comparison of various premium economy class products here:

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Lufthansa premium economy

4. Book a Second Seat

All passengers should travel comfortably. For the airlines, “comfortable” means that the armrests should “effortlessly” fold up and down. If this is not the case, you are affecting your neighbor. In this case, airlines advise you to book a second seat.

Air France and KLM will sell a second seat for 75% of the flight price without taxes & fees (whether surcharges, which usually make up a large part of the flight price, are also waived is questionable). Both seats must be booked for one person and only include luggage for one person. If the flight is not fully booked, both airlines will even refund the price for second seat upon request.

The corona pandemic has recently led some airlines to sell a vacant middle or adjacent seat. It remains to be seen whether this will last. Here is an overview:

5. Ask for a Different Seat When Boarding

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the airlines’ allocation of seats: your own row of seats is full, while others appear to be completely empty. If you notice during boarding that the booked travel class is not fully booked, but your own row is, you shouldn’t be afraid to speak to the flight attendants, because once boarding is complete and there are still places available, it is seldom a problem to change seats. Usually, it’s first come, first served. So it’s best to ask immediately when boarding and to change seats after the boarding completed announcement.

But be careful: this tip cannot be planned. If there is no more space available, the flight attendants cannot do anything about it.

6. Look at the Seat Map

The seat map shows the seat occupancy for every flight. This is actually not publicly accessible, but in our article Seatmap: Is the seat next to me still empty?, we will show you ways how you can still see the seat map, because when you reserve a seat, you can position yourself in such a way that the probability of a free seat next to you is very high. Here, too, there is, unfortunately, no guarantee that there will be an empty seat next to you. So this tip is more for gamblers!

ExpertFlyer Sitzalarm Seatmap
Check the seat map for vacant adjacent seats

7. Do not Select an XL Seat

Some airlines offer XL seats in economy class. Sounds like a dream at first. However, the XL only relates to legroom and not to the seat width. If 15 cm more legroom helps you to feel good, this is certainly a solution. However, the airlines charge a hefty surcharge for this

The XL seats are often located at the emergency exit. But that, in turn, can lead to problems:

8. Do not Select an Emergency Exit Seat

Airlines often charge a lot of money for emergency exit seats, because there is “more space” there. Often these seats are also sold as XL seats. Again, the extra space only relates to legroom. At the same time, there are usually no normal armrests at the emergency exit, but rather rigid armrests that cannot be folded up. So if you need more space at your hips, you shouldn’t sit at the emergency exit.

It can even lead to real problems, including being expelled from the aircraft if you are physically restricted and sit at the emergency exit.

Here’s an example at Condor:

Passengers with limited mobility due to body size, illness or age

Information about XL-Seats at Condor

Air France breaks this down in more detail:

[…] Extra legroom seats cannot therefore be assigned to the following persons: […] passengers whose body mass (waist larger than 135 cm / 53 in) is likely to restrict access to an emergency exit […]

General Conditions of Sale for Seat Options on Air France flights

Some airlines allow it anyway and distribute belt extensions at the emergency exit, but everyone has to assess the risk themselves.

9. Check Seatguru

Seatguru is a website that shows over 1,000 different seat maps of almost every airline. You can either search specifically for the airplane using your flight number and flight date, or you can generally click through the airline’s seat maps.

Based on user experience, some seats are color-coded and have additional information. This can be information about more legroom or about the proximity to toilets and the resulting increased volume.

The most important detail at Seatguru is the overview of the seat spacing and seat widths. These are given in inches and have to be converted accordingly into centimeters (1 inch = 2.54 cm). It must be noted that the pitch (seat spacing) is measured from one point on one seat to exactly the same point on the next seat and is not to be equated with legroom.

More tips?

Do you have any further tips or even experiences, then you are welcome to leave a comment! However, we will delete inappropriate comments on this topic immediately.

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