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

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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):

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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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Comments

  1. There is also a £600-£700ish AF/KLM deal from Helsinki to NYC in J.

  2. I was finally able to price this, but the wife vetoed it

    • Same here…….on safety grounds!!

      • I think Melbourne is not as dangerous as it used to be 😉

        • the real harry says:

          heh heh!

          ‘a remarkable 59 Indonesian airlines currently banned from flying in EU airspace. That’s every airline in the country bar Garuda Indonesia, Airfast Indonesia, Ekspres Transportasi Antarbenua and Indonesia Air Asia. No other nation has as many carriers banned from operating in Europe.’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/indonesia/articles/How-dangerous-is-flying-in-Indonesia/

          • This is because of a blanket ban on the countries CAA, not reflective on each individual airlines safety record. Airlines have to apply individually to be removed from the EU blacklist due to the unique nature of the country’s ban, so obviously most do not as only 1 flies to the EU. Garuda have had to pull out all the stops to be removed, and the current airline is a long, long way from the Garuda of the past. Otherwise they wouldn’t be able to satisfy the EU,and wouldn’t be flying out of LHR. I’d suggest there are many, many more airlines that are riskier, including some European ones. I’m very wary of what airlines I fly, and veto my family flying on some (including a certain Indonesian carrier), but they have flown on Garuda many times. They were an eye opener for me long haul and short haul in J and Y. If only all carriers were that good? I’d only put a couple of airlines above them in Y for sure (probably just SQ).

          • Lady London says:

            Sam what’s your view of the safety of the various Chinese airlines? e.g. China Southern

          • the real harry says:

            Thanks for that clarification, Sam

            & which are the riskiest European airlines in your view?

  3. Would suit me perfectly and no issues with LHR – MEL and MEL – CGK but no availability CGK to LHR on the dates I am looking at. Do you know if they are doing anything similar starting anywhere else in Europe?

  4. Miles can also be credited to Etihad!

  5. Anyone found any dates in xmas period that work? those seem to be all gone…

  6. I did 56 hours on Garuda in June – including LHR-CGK in J. It was an *outstanding* experience on board brand new 777-300W – excellent food, service, entertainment, wifi, I cannot recommend it enough. You might have issues with the lounges being not up to scratch, but if you’re flying to MEL then hopefully it’s the onboard experience that matters.

    The other 38 hours were in Y – they were also outstanding. Lots of 2 hour domestics in 737’s with seat back TV’s and full meal service (albeit mainly rice dishes which got a bit boring). And to put their old reputation to bed – 8 or 9 flights, only delay was at LHR due to thunderstorms.

  7. Any chance this is a mistake fare?

  8. No! They have a splash page purely about this fare!! Also they have had £1,200 in J to Singapore recently as well.

  9. flyforfun says:

    Looks like coming back is an overnight stop (quite a few of the Far East Asia carriers seem to have good timings going out to Australia, but not so good coming back).

    Is a hotel included in the cost? Years ago I had a RTW with KLM/NW and that included an hotel stay in Amsterdam if required. As I didn’t use the return leg for nearly a year, the staff in London were adamant it didn’t exist, but I made them check and they conceded. Free transport to/from Schipoll as well! Stayed at that hotel on the corner of Dam Rak opposite the station. Very nice for a Y fare!!

  10. Booked London-Melbourne 14 Feb 18-19 Feb return. Do Garuda offer complimentary hotel for long layovers? Also do they still serve caviar and lobster in business? I am guessing they stopped the limo for business passengers in 2014 as I can not find any mention of it since then….

  11. I flew First Class form Jakarta on Sunday and returning from Heathrow tomorrow , and it was pretty good , certainly better than BA but not quite CX

    On the safety front , i have taken over 250 flights with Garuda (mainly domestic) and never had a worry or a problem , they have certainly invented themselves over the past 5-10 years , Domestic Business class leaves European carriers well behind.

    The price above wouldn’t be available or anywhere near using the AMS route , that route has very high yields (due to historic and commercial reasons) the LHR route is struggling due to the timing of the Jakarta to Heathrow route , which leaves at 7.20 am , 90 min stopover in SIN) its certainly a long day time route , only downside of Garuda , the IFE isn’t that good but at £1100 to MEL its a steal …..

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