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Book Christmas in Australia and New Zealand for £1,480 with Air China business class

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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.

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

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 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.

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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)

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:

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There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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British Airways American Express

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You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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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.

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (32)

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  • Grace says:

    I flew this route at Xmas 2 years ago. Flight itself was ok with comfy seat, loads of room. Entertainment system was awful, food terrible, in fact I got food poisoning. Poor choice of wines & spirit.
    However, cheapest business class prices and seats / room worth it.

    • Irrilius says:

      I flew the route about a year ago. I didn’t mind the food or drink onboard but the food in the lounge at Beijing was truly awful as was the entertainment system. I’d definitely recommend bringing a tablet/laptop loaded with movies. It’s totally worth it for the price though. I’m flying to AKL next month and have been holding out for a deal like this. Absolutely gutted that the sale dates don’t start until April!

    • Jamie says:

      Interesting comments. I flew LHR-PEK-SIN on a promo fare and was very disappointed with the IFE and food. The vegetarian meal on both legs was distinctly poor.
      I tried them again two days ago (landed in SIN yesterday). I was very surprised the food from Heathrow was exactly the same – I had thought they would have at least have changed the menu.
      This time though, the crew seemingly didn’t know how to heat it; I suspect they rushed it as we departed late and wanted to make up for it.
      The garlic bread came shortly after the starter. It had been defrosted but not cooked – soggy white stuff.
      The main meal came out later but was also cold…The crew were nice and friendly but couldn’t understand what I was saying.
      I decided to sent it back in the end and slept.

      A few hours later I noticed on the menu they actually have a “dine on demand” option – the crew got me the regular vegetarian option which was cooked right, but it was plain pasta with blue cheese melted on top. No other ingredients, e.g. vegetables to compliment. Quite poor.

      I noticed the PEK-SIN flight does not have any vegetarian option on the menu, so you must book a special meal in advance (which in my case looked like a gluten-free vegan meal). No vegetarian options in the lounge.

  • Grace says:

    I flew this route at Xmas 2 years ago. The flight itself was ok with comfy seat, loads of room. Entertainment system was awful, food terrible, in fact I got food poisoning. Poor choice of wines & spirit.
    However, cheapest business class prices and seats / room worth it.

  • William says:

    OT – Amex Plat Shangri-la Jade still pending for over a month?

    • roger says:

      mine pending for 3 weeks now

      • APPL says:

        I was in the same situation recently. Not much help from Amex, but emailed Shangri -La, and had it sorted, and upgraded to Jade within 12 hours. Was quite impressed.
        I think the issue might be on Amex side, as it is still showing as pending there.

  • Harry Hv says:

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

    • Rob says:

      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.

  • spoza says:

    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.

    • ChrisW says:

      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 who were great

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