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EXCEPTIONAL DEAL: Heathrow to Melbourne, Business, £1084 return

This is almost certainly the best Black Friday deal out there, but it was kept very low key and I didn’t become aware of it until last night.

Garuda Indonesia is selling Heathrow to Melbourne for £1084 return in Business Class.

This is ludicrously low.

Garuda 777

Even better, Garuda is an impressive carrier with a very good business class cabin.  Here is my review of Garuda’s business class seating.

The details of this offer are:

London to Sydney / Melbourne for a headline price of £1111 (actually £1084)

First Class is also available for £2036 return

Book by Wednesday 30th November

Travel by 30th June 2017

The Garuda website has the details here.

Garuda Business Class

However ….. this fare is tricky to book.  Sydney has most people beaten.

Over at Flyertalk (the thread on this deal is here), one poster has the answer for Melbourne:

Use the Multi City booking option

First flight:  London to Melbourne, departing on a Tuesday or Sunday

Second flight:  Melbourne to Jakarta, departing on a Saturday

Third flight:  Jakarta to London, departing on a Sunday

You must select the Garuda flights, not the codeshares at every stage

I had no trouble getting £1,084 for London to Melbourne on my first try, selecting dates in April.  See below (click to enlarge):


Garuda Indonesia is a member of SkyTeam so you can credit this flight to a variety of frequent flyer programmes including Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme.

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  1. I used Firefox with the private tab which inhibits tracking. I booked LHR to Mel return in March/April for the advertised business fare of about £1080. That was done today (Tues) at about 10am, Could not get anywhere last night until the tip about private tab came up here. That seemed to make all the difference. Thank you Julie.

    • No worries Peter, glad it helped!

      • mudassar says:

        hi, does this private browser trick only work with this particular offer and airline or is possible to do it on other airline websites too? thank you

        • Yes you can definitely use a private browser for other airline websites too. It’s usually recommended to use a private browser because some airlines track your visits and then when they know you’ve come back to the site they’all increase their prices to urge you to buy the flights sooner in case they go up again.

          When something doesn’t work on the browser you’re using it means that there’s a bug that slipped through the cracks by the quality assurance team. Sometimes these come up when you make lots of different changes in searching for flights. Since there’s so many different combinations of browsers out there, it’s too hard for them to test every possible scenario and make sure it works 100%.

  2. Surprised the Singapore Airlines deal from Manchester to Houston didn’t get more traction. After missing out on the ANZ £199 fares to LAX, I settled for 2x £247 return fares through the Singapore Airlines, which were plentily available.

  3. i tried the sydney about 100 times and in may it eventually came out on exactly the timings it said above at 11,000 so not quite the bargain depending on when you want to go – it also only gives you 4 days in Sydney and 4 days travelling

  4. Although I havn’t checked as this doesn’t fit in, do not forget that there is a daily MEL-DPS flight (no connection) and that DPS-SIN-LHR is a valid routing on all Garuda flights I’ve used (Bali-SIN-LHR is a connecting flight to prevent people having to fly DPS-CGK-SIN-LHR), so a stopover in Bali should be a feasable alternative to Jakarta.

  5. I’ve just booked this on line and it went straight through.

    Routing is LHR-CGK-MEL

    and back MEL-DPS-SIN-LHR

    A couple of points which might be of interest to others:

    I bought this for my daughter and was concerned that it might “fail” as my credit card details would not match the passenger name (which it defaulted to) – this was not a problem

    All legs booked into I

    The return leg is after 30 June (in my case mid September) – so it seems trip does not have to be completed by then.

    The overnight SIN stopover has better timings as the flight to LHR departs SIN at 11.05am; whereas the equivalent CGK overnight stopover departs 6.00am

  6. I love this website! Thanks for highlighting this deal I managed to book for £1080 for a month in Feb. Thanks also to those who posted guidelines in the comments on how exactly to get the deal to work.

    I’m not sure whether it’s best to credit the miles to Etihad or KLM – can anyone offer advice on which loyalty program would allow me to get the most out of them?

    • Really depends on what you’d like to redeem for. If you’d have enough for, say, Etihad business A380 to Abu Dhabi then that is a great trip but you might not want to do that. More flexibility to spend via KLM across Skyteam. Both are Amex partners so easy to top up.

  7. Trying to book tonight before the offer runs out. would like to get a winter date here ie Jan/feb/march – any suggestions? also did anyone get Sydney working?