Air China is rolling out its business class deals to Asia for the winter season. These are very good deals because Air China doesn’t block out Christmas dates.
As usual, the best fares are from Germany and require a trip to Munich, Frankfurt or Düsseldorf. Here are some of the deals:
Taipei – €1438
Hong Kong – €1449
Tokyo – €1505
Nagoya – €1506
Osaka – €1518
Manila – €1493
Bangkok – €1507
Seoul – €1518
Ho Chi Minh City – €1517
Phuket – €1507
Singapore – €1529
Hanoi – €1549
These fares are valid for travel between 20th December and 6th January, with additional return availability from 18th to the 27th January. You can see the sale page here.
Ignore the booking dates shown – these fares are bookable until tonight and may be extended further. Here was Frankfurt to Tokyo availability as of Saturday night for example (click to enlarge):
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 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. Some flights use brand new A350-900 aircraft with the impressive 1-2-1 layout above, which uses the same Super Diamond seat that the new British Airways Club Suite is based on. If you bring a bit of plywood for your own door you can replicate the full BA Club Suite experience.
Earlier 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.