Perhaps it is the fact that Qatar now owns 10% of BA’s parent company that is encouraging BA to follow Qatar Airways into ultra-low pricing?!
I’m not sure what other explanation there can be for this astonishing fare to Hong Kong which is currently available from all British Airways departure points in Germany.
This is NOT a fare mistake. It is a published fare with detailed fare rules.
British Airways is currently selling return Club World tickets to Hong Kong from Germany for £595 plus taxes and surcharges.
There are NO advance purchase requirements – you can fly tomorrow if you want. The only rule is that you stay away for six days.
You do NOT need to fly directly to Hong Kong. You can also fly from Germany to London to Singapore, Shanghai, Bangkok, Chengdu, Beijing or Kuala Lumpur, and then connect to Hong Kong using another oneworld airline.
Free stopovers are allowed.
If you try to book this ticket on ba.com it will price at around £1,050 – £1,100 depending on routing.
However, there is a better way. Due to local restrictions, websites in Hong Kong add only minimal fuel surcharges to tickets originating or ending in Hong Kong.
Visit expedia.com.hk and book there. You will see that it prices out at roughly £780 return (HK$9,300). If you want to build in stopovers, use the Expedia multi-city booking option.
Tickets must be booked by April 30th and you must start your trip before July 5th. However, it seems that you only need to fly from Germany to London by July 5th – if you don’t mind paying the Air Passenger Duty (another £150 or so) then you can have a stopover in the UK until April 2016 if you want!
Here is an example with a huge Summer-long stopover in London at £957:
Have a play around at expedia.com.hk and see what you can find. Note that availability over Christmas is very slim as the required fare class is rarely available.