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Star Alliance carrier LOT Polish airlines is currently offering an incredibly good Business Class fare for travel between Prague and Seoul. What makes the fare so good is that it’s being offered a very good price and it’s widely available between now and the end of the current booking period.
Headline Fare Rules
- Reservations required 4 days before departure
- Minimum stay is 3 days or, for shorter trips, a Saturday night stay is required
- Maximum stay is 12 months
- 2 free stopovers permitted, 1 in each direction
- Infants/Children with their own seat cost 75% of the adult fare
- Infants (<2 years) without their own seat cost 10% of the adult fare
As this fare is being offered by LOT Polish it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to find out that the fare routes through Warsaw:
LOT Polish only offers regional jets on its Prague – Warsaw flights (because the journey is so short) so there’s no avoiding these if you wan to book this fare.
Some of the timings require long layovers in Warsaw (6+ hours) so I set the search parameters to weed these out. The availability shown below represents availability for fares with reasonable layover times – if you’re happy to have a longer layover availability will look better.
The fare is available from the middle of next week and is easy to find in March:
Availability improves slightly in April….
…and stays pretty constant through May….
….and through to September:
In September availability drops off a little (for Monday departures)….
…and this remains the case through to the end of the booking period:
Searching For The Fares
You can use Google Flights to find these fares if that’s the search you’re used to using but I prefer to use the Matrix Search as it seems to show more flight options.
Here’s an example of the search parameters I used which include the limitations on layover times:
If you’re happy to have a longer layover simply avoid using the “maxdur” commands.
Booking The Flights
All the flights I’ve found via the Matrix search tool are easy to find through Google Flights….
…and they seem to be equally easy to find though the LOT Polish website too.
Where To Credit The Flights
LOT is a member of the Star Alliance so there are a good number of loyalty programs to which you can credit these flights.
Booking through LOT will see you book “Z” coded fares which, according to wheretocredit.com, will earn you the following (depending on where you credit the flights):
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Make sure you look through this tables carefully before deciding how to book your fare and where to credit to and make sure you understand how credits towards elite status will work too.
Also, bear in mind that some credit cards only offer bonus points for booking directly with an airline (like the Platinum Card from American Express) so make sure you don’t use an OTA if you plan on using such a card.
All in all this is a very good Business Class fare for travel between Europe and South Korea even if the Business Class cabin won’t offer all-aisle access.
At under $1,700 roundtrip this is a very economical way to get to Seoul in quite a bit of comfort and you can even enjoy a stopover in Warsaw in either direction if you’d like to make this a two center trip (it will be a three center trip if you choose to explore Prague as well).