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Air China bringing back its amazing Business Class Oceania deals for Black Friday

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Air China is bringing back, for Cyber Week, the exceptionally strong deals it ran over Singles Day weekend in early November.  If you are happy to start your trip in Germany there are deals to be had.

Take a look here and see.  We’re talking, departing Frankfurt, Munich or Dusseldorf in Business Class:

  • Tokyo – €1,184 (£1,053)
  • Seoul – €1,186 (£1,055)
  • Singapore – €1,194 (£1,062)
  • Hong Kong – €1,133 (£1,007)
  • Sydney – €1,506 (£1,340)
  • Melbourne – €1,506 (£1,340)
  • Auckland – €1,506 (£1,340)

You must book from TOMORROW (22nd) and before 27th November (Tuesday).  You cannot book today.

Air China business class

Travel dates for the Business Class sale are:

  • 11 December 2018 – 3 January 2019
  • 29 January – 8 February 2019
  • 2 April – 21 April, 2019
  • 28 May – 24 June,2019
  • 28 June – 23 August 2019

Air China is part of Star Alliance so you could (depending on which booking class the ticket books into) earn miles and status credit with Lufthansa Miles & More or one of the other Star programmes.  Use to find the most generous programme – you are looking for ‘R’ class earning which is typically 125% of miles flown.  

I know very little about Air China, so do some research on what planes are flying which route and what kind of seating it will offer.  A typical Air China business class is pictured above.

Air China A350 business class

Some flights use brand new A350-900 aircraft with the impressive 1-2-1 layout below.

Earlier this year reader Joel reviewed the Air China Boeing 777 business class service from Heathrow to Beijing for us – see here.

The Air China Germany site, in English, is here.

Comments (161)

  • Nick says:

    OT – for the Lloyds Avios card my application anniversary is 2/12 but my annual fee is due to be taken on 26/12. Does anyone know which date the voucher spend is reset on please?

    • lev441 says:

      I was told its the application anniversary.

      • Neil says:

        You will know from from your credit card statement as it gives you a summary of everything you have spent in the 12 month period.

        • pauldb says:

          It’s contradictory for me. I only see my annual totals on the statement where my account fee is charged (9th July). I applied early June 2016. My 8th July 2017 statement gives me totals for the 12 months (sic) 8 June 2016 to 9 Jul 2017, and my 8th July 2018 totals 10 Jul 2017 to 9 Jul 2018. So I you think my reset has been shifted to the date of the fee.

        • Nick says:

          @pauldb – thanks all, I vaguely remember it being from the date of the fee previously but with the likely scramble to hit the target before my card is pulled could have done with it being earlier especially with Christmas. Thanks again

        • pauldb says:

          If you have a Curve card you could put you spend on another card, then “Go back in time” on the 26th and move the transactions to Lloyds.

  • Benylin says:

    Hilton/Amex offering 3:1 ratio conversion offer (50% bonus) 21 Nov to 21 Dec

    I am on Hilton Gold via my Platinum perk. I don’t have any stays / no points.

    What’s the smartest way to hit Diamond status / what do I need to do?


    • guesswho2000 says:

      Status match from IHG Platinum, available via the £99 IHG credit card. You need to have 1x stay in the last 12 months too, though (with the competitor programme you’re matching from).

      • Alan says:

        How do you status match? Is there a Hilton web page to enter your details?


        • guesswho2000 says:

          Yes there is, Google Hilton status match (I think Rob’s even done an article on here), it comes up on the first page.

          You enter your details, the details of the existing programme, upload some proof of status/stay (screenshots) and wait about a day or two!

        • guesswho2000 says:

          Should also mention, bear in mind you get a 90 day match, then have to complete 4x/8x stays during that period for Gold/Diamond respectively, to keep the status for another year.

        • Crafty says:

          Are you treated as Gold or Diamond during the challenge period?

        • guesswho2000 says:

          You’re treated as whichever you’re matched to – if you’re matched to Diamond, you’re treated as such for the challenge period. At the end of the 90 days, you drop (or retain) dependent on stays completed (<4 = nothing, 4-7 = Gold, 8+=Diamond)

        • Alan says:

          Thansk Guesswho

  • Dace says:

    OT – I had 11k Accor points in my Iberia Account and selected Iberia as my travel partner to get the 3x bonus. However, I have only has 11k points hit my account. Is this correct or should I be getting a 22k bonus?

    • Sean says:

      Based on past experience, the x3 is for the points that you earn during the promo period: Accor will see that you have auto-convert activated and multiply your earned points by 3 as they credit (in the same transaction IIRC). Any points that you had before will not be multiplied.

  • FIRSTclstraveller says:

    Flybe operated Jersey to Bournemouth for a short period but ended up cancelling the route.

  • Neil says:

    I know this question is asked a million times on here so sorry in advance! Best SPG hotel in New York for a redemption please?

    • Lee says:

      For now, it has to be St Regis or Ritz based on value $/point

      • Genghis says:

        Does that make it the “best”?

        • Neil says:

          Cheers Lee, I know it offers the best value rebate but I’m looking for a combination of location and a bit of space.

        • Genghis says:

          I’ve decided to go for the Conrad again for next year (obviously not Marriott) even though have around half a million Marriotts. Had a really good stay there in May.

        • Neil says:

          That is Plan B – I have half million SPG points and half a million Hilton points. I was hoping to keep the Hilton points for another Maldives trip and I’m also Hilton Diamond as opposed to SPG Gold. Looks like it might be a few nights cash at the Conrad. Thanks Genghis

      • Rob says:

        St Regis is clearly not the best if you look at my review ….

        • FlyingChris says:

          Anyone got any experience of the Ritz-C NYC? Booked the RC for a 5 night stay on points next year over the St Regis as couldn’t book the SR on Points Advance and the combination of the $50pn ‘destination fee’ and Rob’s review put me off anyway. On price alone (not that it matters) the RC is currently £900+ a night, so value wise looks great – but are any of the other options a better shout for a special occasion? Luxury Collection / Design / Edition?

  • Eckhart O'Reilly says:

    OT – sorry! (not sorry),
    anyone know if I would be eligible for the Aer Lingus ‘bid for upgrade’ if I purchased the original economy tickets (Dublin > Toronto) with Avios?
    I’ve got two BA companion vouchers but I have to travel and return to Dublin so think this may be a cheaper / more convenient option if possible.

    • Jack says:

      No i’m afraid not, you can however go to the ticket desk at the far right of the check in hall on the day and see if they’ll sell you an upgrade, you won’t be able to bid but its only a few hundred extra.

  • Ben says:

    Finnair went live with their Black Friday offers this morning, albeit only in economy at present. Destinations are Bangkok, Beijing and Hong Kong:

    • BJ says:

      These fares are not special, routinely available on AY throughout the year and can be beaten.

  • BluehorizonUK says:

    OT: Amex email arrived giving early access to the Selfridges annual 20% promo. Check your mail!!