It’s Chinese New Year, and Air China has rolled out its Business Class deals again. Many European destinations are included, but from Germany there are always some especially aggressive deals.
I’m not sure why Germany always gets the best offers but, year in and year out, it does. I can’t see any deals from London yet, looking at the UK Air China site.
How cheap is cheap?
How about £1,480 in Australasia in Business Class – including over Christmas?
Here is a price matrix showing Frankfurt to Sydney over Christmas in Business Class as at 11am Wednesday (click to enlarge):
Here is the full list of prices, departing Frankfurt, Munich or Dusseldorf in Business Class:
Around the €1,318 level (£1,150):
- Hong Kong
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Kuala Lumpur
Around the €1,717 level (£1,500):
Around the €1,687 level (£1,480):
You must book by Sunday 10th February although availability tends to disappear more quickly than that.
Outbound travel dates for the Business Class sale are:
- 2nd April to 21st April
- 28th May to 24th June
- 28th June to 23rd August
- 14th December to 31st December
You cannot return
- during September (€1318 and €1687 list)
- 1st July to 15th August and 25th September to 2nd October (€1717 list)
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 wheretocredit.com to find the most generous programme – you are probably 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 if will offer. A typical Air China business class is pictured below.
Some flights use brand new A350-900 aircraft with this impressive 1-2-1 layout:
If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency. This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
These deals end on Sunday 10th February. The Air China Germany site, in English, is here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.