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Fly to Sydney, Melbourne or Auckland for £1,365 in Business Class

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Air China has launched some amazing deals out of Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich in Business Class.

If you looking to head to Australia or New Zealand before the end of June, you probably won’t get better than this.

Here are the deals:


Sydney / Melbourne / Auckland – €1604 business, €702 economy

Bangkok / Hong Kong / Taipei / Phuket / Tokyo / Osaka / Seoul / Singapore / Ho Chi Minh City / Colombo – €1247 business / €370 economy

Peking, Shanghai, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Nanjing – €1503 business, €404 economy

The rules are:

Book by 27th December

Fly between 1st January and 30th June (1 month maximum stay)

Depart from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Munich

Full details can be found, in German, on the Air China website here.  I had no problem finding availability at these prices yesterday.

Air China is a Star Alliance member so you will also earn a chunk of miles which can be credited to Miles & More or another Star frequent flyer programme.

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Comments (31)

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  • Terence Bartlett says:

    Rob The Advertisement is accurate but unable to find any of these Bargain Business Class Seats.
    Do we need a Special Promotional Code to activate the promotion please if so can you please advise

    • Rob says:

      Seats are definitely there in May, eg 8 to 22nd as I posted elsewhere.

      3rd to 16th March is available (FRA to SYD).

      5th to 17 January is available (FRA to SYD), as is 5-22 January.

      It only took me a couple of minutes to find these examples.

  • Jan says:

    I can’t find any of these fares. There seems to be only standard business class available. I checked most of January and February from all three departure cities to both Sydney and Melbourne.

    • Rob says:

      Wide open later on, eg 8 to 22 May. See my other reply for a few dates in January I found very easily.

    • James A says:

      Make sure you are searching on, NOT the English site.

  • Alex W says:

    There are some great fares to Aus from Cairo on Qatar. Unfortunately Mrs W has vetoed flying into Cairo.

  • Herge says:

    I have one of these Air China FRA-SYD via PEK booked for June 2017. Any idea where to park the mile? I’m BA gold/OW Emerald. Fly a mix of Y and C. Looking to gain status in Star Alliance. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    • Rob says:

      You need to find the exact sub-booking class, then try for somewhere that gives a high multiple. Aegean generally the easiest Star programme to get status but you need 4 Aegean flights.

      • Herge says:

        Wonderful, thanks for the response. I will look into

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