Emirates’ four-day takeabreak

DUBAI, 13 February 2018; A cheap flight and a 96-hour visa package gets you to Dubai for a starting price of THB16,200 according to the latest Emirates promotion.

The downside is you must finalise your holiday plans fast  by 4 March, but if you do the deal on the airfare and a 96-hour visa is valid through to 15 December.

Dubai holidays come with additional discounts for those who travel before 1 April as the current My Emirates Pass programme offers remain valid for many of Dubai’s best known restaurants and attractions.

My Emirates Pass travel incentives are based on your Emirates boarding pass, which grants access to 250 offers, including restaurants, championship golf courses, spas and entrance to theme parks, such as Wild Wadi Waterpark and IMG World of Adventures.

The flight time to Dubai is six hours 25 minutes from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is acceptable for a long weekend holiday.

There are destinations in Indonesia and the Philippines that would take you that long to reach, so Dubai is a viable option for a four-day trip, Friday through to Monday, that is hitched to a 96-visa deal too.

Dubai is perceived as expensive and over the top for very good reason. Hotels are expensive and food costs high. Its expensive reputation is deserved, It claims to be home to the world’s only seven-star hotel and where else could you find spas that offer gold facials? Now that has to be about as glitzy as it gets.

The airline’s My Emirates Pass does deliver considerable value-for-money and a holiday in Dubai doesn’t have to be a bank breaker.

A quick check of Emirates THB16,200 fare deal, that comes with a 96-hour visa, indicates you have to book about two months up front. A check of late February and early March travel dates pegged the lowest fare at around THB19,585, but if you tap dates in mid-May then a fare THB14,295 pops up in economy class. An interesting feature from Emirates allows you to search for a fare and the system will hold the price for 72 hours while you mull on the options.

For May travel the My Emirates Pass discounts will have expired, but there could still be some deals on hotel accommodation, the real killer when attempting to do Dubai on a budget.