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From Spain to Singapore

Post by Asdracles » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 4:58 am

Hi everybody!

Next month i will begin my work in Singapore. I have the contract, the Employment Pass, company will provide me accomodation and now searching the flight ticket.

I have found lot of interesting info in this forum about life there, and travelling around Asia, but havent find any topic about travelling from Europe to SG.

Im not used to long-distance flights, and the webs I have found for checking fares were:

www.orbitz.com
www.trabber.com
www.zuji.com

Im in a city in the corner of Spain, and fares from there are very expensive, so I think the best option is travelling to Madrid, Barcelona or London (all with direct flights from my city), and then a flight to SG (with or without stops).

Best fare I found Madrid-SG was in orbitz.com with Qatar Airlines, with an stop in Qatar (461 USD), that seem quite cheap, but a 5 hours stop in Doha. Oh! I forgot, Im looking for leaving Spain in March 4th, however date its not still fixed.

How would you, europeans, or even better spanish/british go to Singapore?

Thanks in advance from a new expat!

Alberto

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Post by germangirl » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 3:15 pm

hi, i came here from germany, my company was pazing the flight, so price was not THAT important, allthough we still had to check for cheapest fare... i found out that KLM has some good fares via Amsterdam and then direct to Spore, some airlines do the stop in the middle, like Emirates, or Qatar.. I peronally don't like that, but you must know for yourself.
Finding the cheapest fare isn't always easy, as almost every airlines flys to Singapore.
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Post by Asdracles » Wed, 07 Feb 2007 9:24 pm

Im in the same situation. Company has asked me for searching the cheapest convenient fare. Sounds strange, but direct flights are cheaper if i take round-trip, but not if i take one-way.

Better I have found is domestic flight to Madrid, and then Madrid-Doha-Singapore with Emirates.

Any comment about Emirates would be welcome. Step in Doha would be 5 hours. Think airport is big and interesting to see.

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Post by germangirl » Thu, 08 Feb 2007 10:16 am

well, i did not fly with emirates yer, but know some of my colleages like it a lot. Service is supposed to be very good, and some like the stop in the middle of the long flight to get to walk and move a little bit....
just get in contact witha travel agency and ask them to find the best fare... that's how i did it, and i showed the commpany the prices and took the lowest, which was in my case lufthansa... an agency can help !
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Re: Qatar

Post by bunty » Thu, 08 Feb 2007 10:23 am

Asdracles wrote:Im in the same situation. Company has asked me for searching the cheapest convenient fare. Sounds strange, but direct flights are cheaper if i take round-trip, but not if i take one-way.

Better I have found is domestic flight to Madrid, and then Madrid-Doha-Singapore with Emirates.

Any comment about Emirates would be welcome. Step in Doha would be 5 hours. Think airport is big and interesting to see.
Asdracles

Emirates is a very good airline. better than the other mid east airlines.
if it is emirates, it might have a stop over in dubai and that would be also great, since i believe dubai airport is next best to changi airport...

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 08 Feb 2007 11:38 am

Have fun. Catch an Emirates flight and spend a day or two seeing Dubai. They have a flight/hotel deal that is quite reasonable.

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Welcomed you to singapore...

Post by saint73 » Sat, 10 Feb 2007 1:59 am

I have realise that saw a lot of expats stay in singapore...HDB estate and enjoy themselves at coffeeshop...shopping.....clubbing also...:mrgreen:

\:D/ Enjoy watching football match at orchard...


Welcomed you to singapore.... =D>

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Re: Qatar

Post by Asian_Geekette » Tue, 13 Feb 2007 6:26 pm

Asdracles wrote:Im in the same situation. Company has asked me for searching the cheapest convenient fare. Sounds strange, but direct flights are cheaper if i take round-trip, but not if i take one-way.

Better I have found is domestic flight to Madrid, and then Madrid-Doha-Singapore with Emirates.

Any comment about Emirates would be welcome. Step in Doha would be 5 hours. Think airport is big and interesting to see.
Hola Asdracles!

I haven't flown Emirates yet (only JAL, PAL, Malaysian Airlines and Cathay) but my parents have flown via Emirates from Abu Dhabi to Manila. They say that among the Gulf airlines operating in that region, Emirates has the best service.

You can also try flying to London and then get a Singapore Airlines flight from there. Good luck with your new job in Singapore! Among the Asian countries I've visited and worked in, I like Singapore the best. (Perhaps it's because I have friends and former colleagues working in this country. Hopefully, before the year ends, I get transferred to Sg and work from there.)
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Re: From Spain to Singapore

Post by ProvenPracticalFlexible » Tue, 13 Feb 2007 11:43 pm

Asdracles wrote:
Best fare I found Madrid-SG was in orbitz.com with Qatar Airlines, with an stop in Qatar (461 USD), that seem quite cheap, but a 5 hours stop in Doha. Oh! I forgot, Im looking for leaving Spain in March 4th, however date its not still fixed
That sounds like a pretty good price to me, especially if it includes taxes.
I addition to the sites you mentioned already I have found decent deals from:
www.lastminute.com
www.ebookers.com
and more and more directly from the airlines own sites.

As everyone mentions emirates is a great airline to travel, especially if the other option is to use one of the European national carriers.

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Mistake...

Post by Asdracles » Wed, 14 Feb 2007 12:58 am

I had a little mistake in last post... I was talking about Qatar Airways, not Emirates, lol.

I already have booked the flight:

Madrid: 11 March, 11:05
Doha: 11 March, 19:55

Doha: 12 March, 01:00
Singapore: 12 March, 13:40

445 Eur with the insurance, approx. 900 SD

Only in 4 weeks!!!

Correcting my post, i would like to read something about Qatar Airways, and about Doha airport. Thanks

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Post by germangirl » Wed, 14 Feb 2007 10:32 am

sorry, no experience with that one....
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Post by spanclass » Sat, 17 Feb 2007 11:12 pm

Hello,

I read that you are coming to Singapore from Spain.

I am a singaporean and I often go to Spain.

I would like to meet you when you arrive.

Hope to hear from you...

I hope that I can help you adapt to life in Singapore.

Colin

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Youre welcome!

Post by Asdracles » Mon, 19 Feb 2007 7:10 pm

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All help is welcome when you go to a new country!

Alberto

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