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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):


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.

Comments (54)

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  • 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!!

  • Stan says:

    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….

  • simon says:

    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 …..

  • simon says:


    No Hotel with Stopovers , i would recommend either Ibis Styles or the Orchard , Ibis is a decent choice , avoid the sheraton , its a disgrace , very old , dirty and highly over priced

    No Caviar or Lobster , only in First Class but the food is decent quality , especially the Indonesian dishes

    No car transfer either in Jakarta or London ( They offer in Jakarta only for First)

  • Linda says:

    Tried without fail to get this deal. Click on all the flights – get the special price, put in name and contact details then get error message – this happens no matter how many times you alter the dates. Called Garuda and they say all the special seat prices have gone. Don’t waste your time on this!

    • Julie says:

      I just booked a return to Melbourne in June and it works fine, albeit with an overnight stopover in Jakarta. Try using a different browser or a private/incognito tab.

      • Colin MacKinnon says:


        Thanks for the other browser advice, just booked mid Feb to early Mar LHR-MEL

      • Christophe says:

        May I ask you which browser you used as I tried some but wasn’t wuccessfull with any of them 🙁

  • simon says:

    if they are providing hotel , which is good , just be careful your not in the back of beyond .. you will need to be at the airport by 6am latest

    Check in and immigration is quick , it takes about 2 mins to check in to Lounge including having your passport stamped etc , its the quickest i have ever found .

  • Mario says:

    I get an error after pricing up and when submitting contact details…

    “We are not able to confirm your selected flights. Please resubmit your request. (15079 – 421)”

  • Anders says:

    Garuda sale is still on till 30th November.

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