Attention to all my readers based in Belarus (hey, that might actually be a thing, because as I look at my Google Analytics page I see I’ve had a couple of hundred sessions there in the past month)!
I’ve written about Ukraine International Airlines, which operates a route between New York and Kiev, using a (rather dated) Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Their business class fares are consistently excellent (especially if traveling one-way, which is typically exorbitantly priced on other airlines), so I’ve been tempted to try them, just to see how bad they are.
I’ve also pretty consistently seen roundtrip business class fares in the ~$1,500 range.
Well, per IAkH on FlyerTalk, it’s worth pointing out that there’s an especially good fare for travel on UAI this fall. You can fly roundtrip business class from Minsk, Belarus, to New York, for just $898.
This fare is available for travel between October 3 and December 15, 2016, though is only available if you’re originating in Minsk, and not if you’re originating in the US. The fare can be booked directly on UIA’s website.
That’s an incredible deal for such a trip. What I hadn’t originally realized about Ukraine International Airlines is that they partner with Air France FlyingBlue and Etihad Guest, so you can actually earn 120% miles with either of those programs for these flights.
I assume most people aren’t too thrilled at the thought of earning miles in Ukraine’s own Panorama Club program, though their top tier status only requires 20,000 elite qualifying miles… too bad it doesn’t really come with any useful perks.
I’m tempted to take advantage of this fare. While I’d need a visa in advance using my US passport, it looks like I could use my German passport to get a visa on arrival in Belarus, if I’m reading things correctly.
Perhaps I could book this as a roundtrip, and them position myself using Air Serbia in one direction, and Pakistan International Airlines (via their Manchester to New York flight) in the other direction, with positioning flights required, of course.
Has anyone been to Minsk, and if so, is it worth a visit?