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Astonishing £1,250 business class flights to Australia from Dublin, to early 2023

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The Star Alliance airlines have, for no obvious reason, launched an astonishing fare sale out of Dublin to Australia.

How cheap? We’re talking:

  • Adelaide – €1,450 return (£1,210)
  • Brisbane – €1,500 return (£1,250)
  • Melbourne – €1,450 return (£1,210)
  • Sydney – €1,500 return (£1,250)

You can book on the Lufthansa website here.

For clarity …. these are Business Class, return, tickets, flying with sensible airlines – in most cases:

  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines

Travel dates run through to early February 2023.

The minimum stay is six days, the maximum stay is three months.

Clearly you won’t have totally free choice of dates, but the deals are there. Here is an Adelaide trip I was able to find with little difficulty:

Click to enlarge. As you can see, you’re travelling Dublin – Zurich – Singapore – Adelaide out, and Adelaide – Singapore – Munich – Dublin on the return.

The fare is €1,449, which is £1,210.

Unfortunately, I don’t think there is an easy way to build in stopovers. You may be able to do it via trial and error but it won’t be easy because only specific flights will be valid for this fare.

In terms of covid cover, you have some risk. Lufthansa will rebook you, free of charge, but you will be on the hook for the fare difference. Once this offer is over, a typical fare might be €4,000 – and you’d be on the hook for the difference.

You may want to consider paying a little more to book with more certainty. Pay an extra €95 each way and you can cancel the full trip for a refund for a €250 penalty.

Where to credit your flights

SWISS and Lufthansa are both part of the Miles & More loyalty scheme, although you can of course credit your flight to any other Star Alliance programme.

You’d earn around 21,000 miles in most schemes, based on booking class ‘P’. The website can give you detailed numbers.

How to book

The easiest place to book is the Lufthansa website here.

If you don’t have a credit card offering 0% FX fees (as you will be paying in Euro), 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.

In theory this offer runs until 7th March but that won’t happen – these seats will disappear very quickly.

Comments (121)

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  • Ronald Jacobs says:

    Certainly an amazing fare but you’ve got to get to Dublin first. Taking the schedule you found, Rob, the overall outbound flights would take me 15 hours longer than the Singapore Airlines flights I’ve just looked up and I’d have to get up about 2.30am to get to LHR , instead of going to the airport in the evening. Frankly I’d rather travel economy class on the ‘direct’ service. And, of course, that would cost even less.

    • Babyg says:

      you raise a good point often overlooked…. i feel less bad missing this deal when i am reminded of such points… that said i still wish i booked last night!

    • Mark says:

      Also, you have to go to Australia which is enough to dissuade me lol.

    • Hbommie says:

      I’m too old to travel economy direct.

    • Harry T says:

      Oh, the brutal tyranny of taking a one hour flight to Dublin to save thousands per person… I’ve travelled back and forth to Australia multiple times in Y and would much rather take a slightly more circuitous route in J than fly Y again. Plus, remember with this many legs on the itinerary you will almost certainly have at least one cancellation – you can then exercise your EC261 rights for rerouting to optimise your itinerary and dates further.

      Also, £1250 ish per person is not an unreasonable price to pay for economy returns to Australia in January or December and you can fly in business for that price with this deal.

      By all means, please check the price for flying SQ from LHR with one stop instead of two, on desirable dates, then tell me if your time is really that valuable.

      • Ian says:

        If it was just me, yes.

        If it was me and my wife – possibly…!

        If it’s me, wife and kids, not a chance.

  • JandeW says:

    Any option to start from Amsterdam instead of Dublin?

  • Liam G says:

    Have these all gone or has anyone managed to find anything – tips gratefully received 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Seems to be gone now. I’m sure the odd day here and there still exist but very tricky to find, especially to match up with a return.

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