For travellers from New Zealand looking for the best value Business Class Flights to Europe, the start of the 2017 Europe Earlybird season is the ideal time to book your airfares. And if you plan well, you can save even more by combining a European River Cruise.
In our earlier blog (Make the Most of the 2017 Earlybird Airfares to Europe) we addressed how the Business Class discounts on airfares to Europe generally unfold. In this blog we cover how you can use the discounts on the Business Class flights and River Cruise Earlybird discounts to save you even more.
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Europe River Cruise Earlybird specials
River cruises have become one of the most popular ways to experience Europe. The appeal of unpacking once, travelling in comfort and well planned shore excursions has captured the hearts of many (in a recent blog we shared a first-hand experience of an Avalon River Cruise through France).
If you are planning to include a River Cruise in your 2017 Europe itinerary, combining the Business Class Earlybird specials and a Europe River Cruise Earlybird special is an excellent way to maximise your savings. Like the airlines, the major River Cruise companies are happy to entice you to pay a deposit early (and this has benefits for them and you).
"Air Credit" specials
Air Credit specials are an excellent way to maintain maximum flexibility in your choice of airlines. Paying a deposit on your River Cruise gives you access to the air credit that your Fine Travel Consultant can apply against the flights of your choice (Business Class, Premium Economy or otherwise).
So whether you want to fly with Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Emirates or Qantas you have the flexibility choose the airline and airfare that best suits your needs.
For the 2017 River Cruise season Avalon Waterways is offering Air Credits on selected cruise itineraries.
Fly / River Cruise Specials
Alongside the Air Credit specials are "fly / cruise" offers where the River Cruise Line has negotiated an excellent airfare to combine with specific River Cruise itineraries. Generally the major airlines are involved so although you may not have the freedom of an Air Credit special, you are likely to be able to fly with a major airline like Emirates or Singapore Airlines.
APT is the major river cruise line to offer Business Class Fly Cruise Specials for 2017 European River Cruises. The current Business Class special is particularly attractive with the lowest Business Class airfare being offered at NZ$3,995*pp return when booked on a twin share basis with selected cruises.
Although the Business Class airfare is very attractive, the "Fly Free Specials" are eye catching as well. These are generally economy class flights and are combined with specific European river cruise itineraries.
The Fly / Cruise specials generally provide for an allocation towards the air taxes and in some cases there may be a surcharge if the actual taxes exceed the allocation.
Overall, taking the time to plan your airfares and your river cruise in advance provides you with an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the savings on offer.