Latvian carrier airBaltic is currently promoting a very attractive sale for almost all of its services between Western Europe and its hubs in Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius. Roundtrips start for as little as €53 from Stockholm to Riga, and many more routes are available for less than €100. The cost of hold luggage depends on the route, but is usually around €30 per flight. Purchasing the cheapest fare including checked bags is usually as expensive as purchasing them separately. The promotion runs until September 19, 2023.
While there are plenty of possibilities to find cheap flights, we have compiled some highlights. Most of the offers are valid in both directions. So this offer is equally attractive for people living in and wanting to visit Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.
- Stockholm – Riga at €54 (~SEK 623)
- Oslo – Riga at €67 (~NOK 758)
- Berlin – Vilnius at €69
- Riga – Berlin at €73
- Copenhagen – Riga at €74 (~DKK 552)
- Helsinki – Riga at €76
- Berlin – Tallinn at €79
- Billund – Riga at €78 (~DKK 582)
- Oslo – Tallinn at €79 (~NOK 894)
- Vienna – Riga at €79
- London – Riga at €94 (~£81)
- Dublin – Riga at €99
- Milan – Riga at €108
- London – Tallinn at €110 (~£95)
And these are just the nonstop flights. If you are willing to change planes in Riga, even more destinations are possible.
airBaltic’s fleet exclusively consists of brand-new Airbus A220-300 aircraft with a 2-3 seating in economy. A cabin bag up to 8 kg is included in each ticket. Food and beverages have to be purchased on board.
Search & Book
According to the promotion’s landing page, the sale ends on September 19, 2023. The travel period ends in June 2024, however some of the cheap tickets show availability into the summer.
You can use Google Flights to find more destinations or browse the aforementioned landing page. It comes with a price calendar, that allows you to preview prices for certain routes.
More often than not, airBaltic sells the cheapest tickets itself, so there is no need to add the risk of booking via an OTA.
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 two main reasons for that:
Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline 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 information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to 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.
Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. 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.
This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.