It’s Easter, and Air China has rolled out its Business Class deals to Asia and Australasia again. This time there are good deals out of London although if you are willing to fly out of Germany instead you may pay less.
How cheap is cheap?
Take a look at this page of the Air China UK website. The best deals are outside China and require a change of aircraft:
These are all listed as “from £1,691”:
These are all listed as “from £1,237”:
- Kuala Lumpur
- Chiang Mai
- Ho Chi Minh City
- Hong Kong
The deals for China are less good:
These are listed as “from £1,807”:
These are all listed as “from £1,418”:
These fares are bookable. Here is Heathrow to Sydney in June for £1,693 return in Business Class (click to enlarge):
Here are the key dates:
Book between 19th April – 22nd April
22nd April – 30th June
1st September – 6th December
11th January – 15th March 2020
Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
Flying out of Germany may be cheaper
Compare prices with departures from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf or Munich before you book.
Here is the German offers page. Note that the travel dates are different to the UK sale.
As you can see:
Australasia is “from €1,506” (£1,300)
Everywhere else is “from €1,133” (£980)
That said, I could not find these prices in practice. You might get luckier.
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.
Where can I credit my flight?
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:
These deals end on Monday 22nd April.