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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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  • Seat54 says:

    I booked for next May. No issues at all although it said not available it still priced and ticketed it.
    Tried them before it was excellent service despite U.K. fog trying to wreck it.

    It’s part of a LHR-CGK-KUL-HKG-AKL-SYD-BKK-SIN-LHR trip now.
    Perhaps I’m pushing it a bit for 8 days.

  • Sam G says:

    I have also managed to get this to price flying MEL-CGK-SIN and then picking up the SIN-LHR leg there the next day, which may be preferable for an overnight stop as you can easily stay in the city and make the 11am departure

  • John says:

    Booked LHR-CGK-SIN and SIN-LHR at Easter. Not quite the steal of the Oz fares, but still a great price for the school holidays. Does anyone know if it is possible to make an advance seat selection? I didn’t see any option while booking, or in MMB. Thanks.

    • darrenf says:

      I made seat reservations on all legs on the GA site yesterday, and then changed them later too. It’s labeled “additional services” or “special services” in their version of MMB.

  • Louie says:

    Just in case it is me being incompetent, can anyone see availability returning 13/14 May (outbound is available)?

    • Sam says:

      There is I Class available MEL-CGK on 13 May, and 5 x I Class available CGK-LHR on 14 May.

      • Louie says:

        Is that just 1 x I class MEL – CGK? I should have said it’s for two of us. If there are two seats, I have no idea what I am doing wrong. Whatever I do, I get just over $4k p/p.

  • Peter says:

    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.

    • Julie says:

      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

        • Julie says:

          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%.

  • Tom says:

    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.

  • Andrew Pirie says:

    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

  • Sam says:

    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.

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