Air China is once again running a great sale and with it come sweet deals for flights from London to Asia, Australia and New Zeeland. Prices for a round-trip start at £364/€404 for a flight to Manila. Although we found the connections to Sydney, Australia to be the most interesting ones. Fly to the other side of the world for only £428/€476!
- Manila for £346/€385
- Bangkok for £353/€393
- Hong Kong for £354/€394
- Beijing for £424/€471
- Shanghai for £408/€454
- Sydney for £428/€476
- Chengdu for £457/€509
- Tokyo for £485/€540
- Auckland for £533/€592
Even if the prices could suggest otherwise: the low fares that the Star Alliance member is promoting already include 2 pieces of checked luggage, both of them up to 23kg.
On sll routes, you will have a layover in China before continuing to your destination (that is, if you’re not traveling to China anyway). As a citizen of the European Union, you should be eligible for transit visa exemptions at all Chinese Airports that Air China approaches. Just make sure to find the right counter after your arrival.
Search & Book
According to the fare rules, the offer should be available until July 31st, 2019. That said, it is not sure that Air China will keep this sale going for such a long time. As always: better book early, if you want to take advantage of this low price.
All routes will be available for flights departing before May 31st, 2020. You will have to stay for at least 6 days, and your last stopover must commence no later than 3 months after your departure from London.
It is hard to find suitable dates using Google Flights (instruction), because Google usually does not display prices for flights sold by Air China. Therefore it will take a while until you can see how much a trip costs. So we recommend using the ITA Airfare Search or Skyscanner to look for dates that suit you best. Following the instructions, a reasonable amount of travel dates will be displayed. Now, you can use them on Skyscanner to book your flight.
The booking class for these flights is L. Most Star Alliance programs will credit you with 25% award miles. For flights that cheap this isn’t a bad yield. Examples are given for a London to Sydney roundtrip:
- 15,900 on Air India Flying Returns
- 10,600 on TAP Miles & Go
- 8,530 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 6,360 on ANA Mileage Club
- 5,300 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 5,300 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 5,300 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 5,300 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 5,300 on Asia Miles
- 5,300 on Asiana Club
- 5,300 on South African Voyager
- 5,300 on SAS EuroBonus
- 5,300 on United MileagePlus
- 5,300 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 5,300 on EgyptAir Plus
- 5,300 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 5,300 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 5,300 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 5,300 on Miles & More
- 1,260 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club