Air China is currently selling discounted tickets for flights in business class from Stockholm to Australia and New Zealand. A round-trip from Europe to Melbourne starts at only €1,810 / SEK 19,560. If you prefer Auckland as a destination, prices go up to around €1,956 / SEK 21,135. You will be able to find available connections in November and then again in early 2020.
We’re presenting you this deal thanks to our reader Dirk! He reported this offer via Report a Deal.
A huge advantage of this deal is that you will fly via Beijing on your way to Australia or New Zeeland and back again. This way you can stop over and visit an additional city at no extra cost. You can find more information on the Chinese stopover requirements on travelchinaguide.com.
From Europe to Air China’s hub, the carrier will operate an Airbus A330. The same aircraft will be used for flights from Beijing to Australia in most cases. Of you’re traveling to New Zeeland, you might be onboard a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In any case, Air China offers a solid business class product. Although there will be a 2-2-2 configuration and consequently no aisle access for some passengers. Check out these two flight reviews to get a better idea of what will await you onboard:
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The fare rules state that tickets for this deal will be sold until October 31st. The offer is valid for trips commencing between now and May 31st, 2020. That said, we haven’t been able to find flights in December. And depending on your destination, there might also be limited availability in early 2020.
The requirements for the minimum stay are 6 days, and you could spend up to 3 months in China before returning to Europe.
Unfortunately, flights with Air China can often be tricky to find. Google Flights (instructions) won’t be a big help since connections and/or prices are usually not displayed at all. Or at least not correctly. You will have to search for flights using the ITA Airfare Search (instructions) to find the fare:
Once you’ve settled for a time, use the dates to enter them into our Travel Dealz flight search. That way, you should be able to find the lowest prices that OTAs offer. Alternatively, you can also try to book your flight directly on the carrier’s website.
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.
All tickets for this trip will be issued in booking class R. This results in an earning rate of 100% to 125% on most Star Alliance frequent flyer programs. You could be credited with the following amount of miles for a trip to Melbourne:
- 39,510 Kilometers on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 24,554 Award Miles + 4,912 PQP on United MileagePlus
- 24,554 Award Miles + 24,550 Tier Miles on Asia Miles
- 24,554 Miles on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 24,550 Miles on EgyptAir Plus
- 24,550 Miles on ANA Mileage Club
- 24,550 Miles on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 24,550 Miles on South African Voyager
- 24,550 Miles on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 24,550 Miles on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 24,550 Miles on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 24,550 Miles on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 21,606 Miles on Asiana Club
- 21,604 Miles on Avianca LifeMiles
- 21,604 Miles on Copa ConnectMiles
- 21,604 Miles on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 21,604 Points on SAS EuroBonus
- 19,642 Miles on Miles&More
Information & Tips for Australia
Australia, also know as ‘Down Under’, is an absolute dream destination because of its distance to Europe and its beautiful countryside. But because it’s so far away, the flights are costly. Nevertheless, there is always Dealz for less than 1.000€.
Best Time to Visit
Australia is a vast country with different climate zones. Summers (November to February) are hot and mostly dry, winters (June to September) are relatively mild.
Entry & Visa
Most European citizens require an eVisa which has to be issued before your arrival. You can apply online, and the process will be free of charge.
→ All Dealz for Australia
Information & Tips for Sydney
Sydney is Australia’s most populous city and offers a lot to see for tourists. The metropolis on the east coast of the country is also Australia’s largest transport and trade center and therefore relatively easy to reach.
Flights to Australia usually start at around €1,000 for Economy Class tickets. However, we regularly show you deals with prices far below € 1,000.
From the airport to the city
The airport is 9km from the city center and easily accessible by train, bus, taxi, and ferry. A ride by train costs about 10€, a taxi ride about 25€.
→ All Dealz for Sydney
Information & Tips for Melbourne
Although Melbourne is not the capital of Australia, the metropolis with a population of 4.4 million is in constant competition with Sydney for becoming the cultural capital of the country.
From the airport to the city
Depending on the traffic, the journey by Skybus or taxi takes between 30 and 60 minutes. Airport busses cost around 9€, a taxi ride between 35€ – 42€, Uber is slightly cheaper.
Best Time to Visit
Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are the most suitable periods for tourism thanks to moderate temperatures and right weather conditions.
→ All Dealz for Melbourne
Information & Tips for Auckland
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of approximately 1.5 million and a wide range of tourist attractions and activities for visitors. The city is also an excellent starting point to explore the rest of New Zealand. Auckland is connected to Southeast Asia and Asia pretty well, even non-stop flights to the USA are available. As of now, you’ll have to switch planes at least once when flying to New Zealand from Europe. But this may change since long-range flights are hitting new limits all the time
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Auckland is between March and May and September and November. These are the times when you’ll find comparatively few tourists and can enjoy sunny days and moderate temperatures.
From the airport to the city
A bus to the city centre runs every 10 minutes, and the journey will take you about 40 minutes and a ticket for a one-way trip costs approx. €7.50. A taxi can cost up to €60, while Uber or Zoomy (similar to Uber) will cost between €24 and €43.
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