Book Christmas in Australia / NZ for £1,480 with Air China business class in their flash sale – plus £1,150 to Asia

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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.

(EDIT: Some routes have similar prices from Zurich and Geneva too if they are easier to reach or simply more attractive to you than Germany.)

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):

Air China Chinese New Year sale

Take a look here and see.

Here is the full list of prices, departing Frankfurt, Munich or Dusseldorf in Business Class:

Around the €1,318 level (£1,150):

  • Bangkok
  • Hong Kong
  • Taipei
  • Phuket
  • Tokyo
  • Osaka
  • Seoul
  • Singapore
  • Ho Chi Minh City
  • Jakarta
  • Manila
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Hanoi
  • Yangon
  • Busan
  • Fukuoka
  • Nagoya
  • Sendai
  • Hiroshima
  • Okinawa

Around the €1,717 level (£1,500):

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai
  • Wenzhou
  • Fuzhou
  • Hangzhou
  • Guangzhou
  • Xiamen
  • Chengdu
  • Shenzhen
  • Nanjing
  • Xi’an
  • Shenyang

Around the €1,687 level (£1,480):

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Auckland

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.

Air China business class

Some flights use brand new A350-900 aircraft with this impressive 1-2-1 layout:

Air China A350 business class

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

These deals end on Sunday 10th February.  The Air China Germany site, in English, is here.

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Comments

  1. Harry Hv says:

    OT – are you going to report on BA’s new enhancement, to skip cabin-cleaning at outstations?

    • No, because it isn’t true. It was a one week test to see how much time it saved if it was done during periods of disruption in any attempt to get back on schedule.

  2. Thanks for heads up. Just booked, on German site, 2 business class tickets, FRA – SYD outbound Dec 15th return Jan 12th. Total cost £3005 half of what UK site offered for the same flights.

    • Same here, my wife and I are off to Melbourne for Xmas and New Year from FRA. Really good price and with added extra of sightseeing in Beijing during the wait. Has anyone got any recommendation on the best company to book a tour with during the 12 hour stop over at the airport?

      • Horatio says:

        Yup – Munich to Auckland over Xmas and New Year for £1,450pp. Great price. We did a Beijing layover to SYD in December 2017 and used Tour-Beijing.com who were great

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