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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)

  • AndyF says:

    Not sure if anyone else had this email but AMEX has sent me a 50% bonus offer for transfers to Hilton from my Membership Award points. So 1 MRP = 3 HH points. From 21st November till 21st December.

    • Bob says:

      Wow! When did the email arrive?

    • Bob says:

      Does it show up in your membership rewards account?

      I can’t see any relevant emails, nor any sign of it on the hotel partners page, so looks like I haven’t got it. I would have used it to transfer all of my points. 🙁

      • AndyF says:

        I have just looked on my Amex account online and it doesn’t show the offer on the hotel partners page. The offer was via email and it didn’t say I need to opt in to use it other than needing to send a minimum of 1,000 across at a time to trigger the bonus.

    • Simon says:

      I got this too. gold card. Never transferred.

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      I’d have loved this but no email.

      Tried the online chat in hope rather than expectation and …. I was told that I have the promotion on my account. I was provided with the same T&C’s as others have posted. I asked if I need to enroll etc and was told:

      “You are not required to enroll in this offer, it is for all our following card holders–

      American Express Centurion Card
      American Express Gold Charge Card
      American Express Green Charge Card
      American Express Platinum Charge Card”

      I’ve saved my chat reference number just in case. Not sure if others are brave enough to act without confirmation but woo-hoo, Merry Christmas to me! I was scheduled to transfer 100k MR points next week anyway.

      • Bob says:

        Encouraged by this outcome, I tried to replicate it but to no avail. The chatty man said he’d looked in to it for me but couldn’t see any record of a promotion.

        If there’s anybody else who didn’t get the email, but who does want to take advantage of this, then please could you try the chat route and see if you have better luck than me?

  • Shoestring says:

    Got a couple of Avios reward flights coming up in CE! That’ll be a first. T3 so lounge hopping will be must.

    Anyway, how soon can you check in before flight? – no status for us Blueys.

    • Anna says:

      24 hours for on line check in. I find that a lot of people pre-book the seats in CE (whether with cash or via status, who knows), so you may end up with what’s left, but apart from the very front row all the seats are much of a muchness. The free middle seat is very handy for stashing books/magazines/ipads etc while you’re eating as otherwise there’s not a huge amount of room to spread out.

      • Shoestring says:

        Oh, I thought I’d maybe get a week. Yep I’ve recently flown CE, my wife got upgraded from HBO must have been Easter (only realised at check in at T-24, the other 4 of us took the 4 ET Avios seats on the same flight) and as she likes talking to the kids I thought I’d let her have my seat so I slummed it up front.

        Perfectly fair as I’d otherwise have taken her rubbish HBO designated seat 🙂

        And of course I often get poor man’s CE when I fly with Avios in ET, anyway, as they seem to like blocking my middle.

  • William Squires says:

    Tesco are moving Premium Card customers to a £36 annual fee, 2500 point bonus on £2500 Tesco annual spend. Travel insurance ends on anniversary date.

    Sorry if it’s been mentioned elsewhere.

    It’s a much better deal for me personally, £2500 Tesco spend is easy, £5000 is going to be a push. 2500 points (£75 for £36 essentially.

  • Walty says:

    Anyone any idea how to find out the expiry of Marriott / SPG status?

  • Shoestring says:

    [This weekend, Rocketmiles is giving you the opportunity to earn 5,000 bonus [Virgin] Flying Club miles on every eligible reservation you make at hotels around the world.]

    Great if somebody else is paying lol

    • Alex W says:

      Unless the bill states “rocket miles” which surely will arouse suspicion in your travel department…

  • Lev441 says:

    O/T have a friend who has received notification of a schedule change on Norwegian from JFK- LGW. It was a 2230 Departure from JFK which moved to 1940 which doesn’t work with her schedule. Is she entitled to a refund or date change if the new timings don’t work? Online travel agent not offering anything.

    • Shoestring says:

      Should have added that rules vary according to airline. There’s no legislation (EU) in place for minor schedule changes so you need to see what an airline’s policy is.

      • Lev441 says:

        Thanks. Do you know if this applies to a flight that was booked via online travel agent? The agent involved was flysharp. Apparently not being very helpful at all!

      • Lev441 says:

        Having looked into screenshots, it looks as if the original 2230 flight 7016 has been cancelled and she’s been moved on to 1940 flight 7018…

      • Shoestring says:

        I think a helpful agent would get you the same rights as a passenger booking direct with Norwegian.

    • ScienceTeacher says:

      It depends when the flight is scheduled to depart. Is it within the next 24 hours, 7 days, or 14 days?

      • Lev441 says:

        It’s in the next 7 days – 28th nov

        • Shoestring says:

          Here’s the compo rule for LH flights which have been cancelled and re-ticketed (EU airline JFK- LGW would fall in this category):

          Seven to 14 days’ notice
          If you received seven to 14 days’ notice of the cancellation, you can claim compensation based on the timings of the alternative flight:
          If your new flight arrives more than four hours after your original flight, you can claim €600 – no matter what time it departs.
          If your new flight departs more than two hours before your original flight, and arrives less than four hours after it, you can claim €300.

        • Lev441 says:

          Thanks Harry. Appreciated, will get on the case.

  • The Original Nick says:

    O/T, Does anyone know how long Melia Rewards points take to hit account from check out?

  • Cuchlainn says:

    Flybe related :
    Cannot book Flybe flights on Safari on iPad as no “booking engine” criteria showing !! Have even tried Chrome – same, missing booking details / engine. Have cleared cookies, rebooted iPad and still no “booking engine” on front page.

    Help please.

    • Peter K says:

      Not the most useful comment perhaps but have you tried a laptop? Maybe download Firefox? Opera?