Star Alliance member Air China currently offer extremely cheap flights to a multitude of destinations from Paris. The cheapest tickets are insanely low €317 roundtrip tickets to Taipei, Taiwan. Further reduced destinations include Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Melbourne and Sydney. All fares include at least one (sometimes two) checked pieces of luggage up to 23kg.
- Taipei at €317
- Manila at €370
- Bangkok at €382
- Singapore at €410
- Tokyo-Narita at €502
- Tokyo-Haneda at €512
- Sydney at €533
- Melbourne at €563
All connections include rather lenghty layovers in Air China’s hubs Beijing or Chengdu. You can use that to your advantage by applying for a 24-hour visa at either of those airports. Adding two stopovers to your itinerary is free.
Flights to Chengdu from Paris are operated by Air China’s A330 aircraft. These planes feature a 2-4-2 seating in economy class. Enroute to Beijing, you’ll board a Boeing 777-300ER or Airbus A350-900. Both types have a 3-3-3 pattern. Onward flights feature a wide variety of planes.
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According to fare rules, this offer will be around until December 10, 2019. It is valid for trips at least five days long, but not exceeding three months. The following travel periods apply:
- August 23 – October 3
- October 14 – December 19, 2019
- January 1 – March 31, 2020
Availability is scattered during the first two and generally great within the last travel period.
Unfortunately, none of these fares can be found on Google Flights. We suggest to use the Airfare Matrix to quickly find suiting flight dates (instructions). The following parameters will guide to a table showing you when the lowest fares will be available:
Enter the dates you’ve found our flight search to find the cheapest ticket offered by an OTA. Alternatively, go to Air China’s website and look for flights there.
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
Air China issues these tickets in booking class L for all segments. Most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs will not credit you more than 25% of distance travelled in award miles. The harvest of a trip from Paris to Taipei should look like this:
- 9,182 Miles on Air India Flying Returns
- 6,122 Miles on TAP Miles & Go
- 5,636 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 3,880 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 3,880 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 3,674 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 3,502 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 3,502 Miles on Asiana Club
- 3,480 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 3,382 Miles on Miles&More
- 3,380 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 3,380 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 3,180 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 3,130 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 3,062 Award Miles + 612 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 3,062 Award Miles + 3,060 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 3,060 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 3,060 Miles on South African Voyager
- 3,060 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
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