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Saturday, November 17th 2018

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2018
12
September
Another potentially terrible Air China sale: Vancouver to Japan, Thailand, India, or Seoul - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Thailand

On Friday, September 14th, Air China is *allegedly* going to be having another flash sale, this time from Vancouver to the following destinations for $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes:

Tokyo, Japan
Bangkok, Thailand
New Delhi, India
Mumbai / Bombay, India

I say allegedly, because Air China's flash sales have not really been reliable, especially in the last 4 or 5 months. Sometimes, the sale prices show up on their website but aren't actually bookable.

The number of available dates also varies a lot with their sales. Sometimes there are very, very few dates available, or they are only available for really long trips (3+ weeks) - to the point where marketing it as a flash sale is outright deception.

Their last few flash sales have mainly been a waste of time.

I would also only consider these a good deal if the flights have relatively good layover times in Beijing. Some Air China flights have really long overnight layovers. It remains to be seen which flights they drop in price.

Availability for travel

September, October, November, early December 2018

January, February, March, April 2019

^^^ don't count on most of these date ranges to actually be available. Air China claimed a similar date range of availability for their last flash sale, but there were really only a few cheap flights available in November and early December.

How to find and book these flights

1. On the night of Thursday, September 13th go to the following Air China flash sale page...

LINK: Air China flash sale page

NOTE: Air China usually releases theses fares around 11:55 PM PST. In other words, you would need to stay up late on the night of Thursday, September 13th.

2. Scroll down to the bottom, where the 'Flight Search' box can be found.

3. Search for a flight from Vancouver to one of the destinations listed above.

- Use the flexible dates feature to try and find the $499 roundtrip dates.

TIP: With similar flash sales, some people have had trouble using their credit card with the default payment option on Air China's website.

The Air China website also allows you to choose Paypal as the credit card processor, and that seemed to work better. A Paypal account is not required.

You can also try registering for an account on the Air China website ahead of time. It might make things faster/easier when it comes time to book.

screenshot from the Air China website:



Update 9/14 - The Air China flash sale is now live. There are a decent number of working dates for this one. Most of them are concentrated in March, April, and the first half of May 2019. Here are some of the working dates that I've seen...

Bangkok, Thailand: Have seen lots of dates in the second half of March, all of April, and the first half of May for $498 CAD roundtrip. However the flights have a 17 hour layover on the way home.

Delhi, India: Have seen dates for $498 CAD roundtrip. The flights have a 12 hour layover on the way home.

Sep 23 to Oct 26
Mar 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 26, 27, 28 to Apr 6, 12, 13
Mar 31 to Apr 19, 20
Apr 2, 4 to Apr 19, 20
Apr 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 to Apr 26, 27
Apr 14, 16 to May 3, 4
Apr 21, 23, 25, 26 to May 10, 11
Apr 28, 30 to May 17, 18

Mumbai / Bombay, India: Have seen dates for $498 CAD roundtrip. The flights have a 12 hour layover on the way home.

Sep 24 to Oct 12
Oct 1 to Oct 17, 19
Nov 5 to Nov 23
Nov 12 to Nov 28
Nov 26 to Dec 12
Feb 25 to Mar 11
Mar 18 to Apr 3, 5
Mar 25 to Apr 12
Apr 1, 6 to Apr 19
Apr 8 to Apr 24, 26
Apr 15 to Apr 28, May 1, 3
Apr 22 to May 8, 10
Apr 29 to May 12, 15, 17

Tokyo, Japan: Have seen dates for $530 CAD roundtrip. The flights have a 5 hour layover on the way home.

Apr 1, 2, 4, 6 to Apr 10
Apr 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 to Apr 17, 19
Apr 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 to Apr 24, 26
Apr 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 to May 3, 4
Apr 29, 30 to May 8, 10, 11

screenshot from the Air China website



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8 Responses to "Another potentially terrible Air China sale: Vancouver to Japan, Thailand, India, or Seoul - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes"


    Has Isaac been here?
       Isaac on September 14th, 2018

    Hi. This sale does have quite a lot more days available, at least for my April 2019 search to Bangkok. Layover is horrible, but some may utilize it as a separate trip.

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on September 14th, 2018

    Nothing in January or Feb to Bangkok, as far as I can see.

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on September 14th, 2018

    I've posted an update to the blog post with available dates that I've seen. Unlike Air China's last few flash sales, this one does actually have some decent availability, but most of the layover durations on the way home are pretty brutal.

    The majority of available dates are concentrated in March, April, and the first half of May 2019.

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on September 14th, 2018

    I checked for japan ticket for April and the price is right and the sale is actually happening =)

    Has Derek Barr been here?
       Derek Barr on September 14th, 2018

    Just booked Tokyo for $530 RT in April. Worked perfectly! Thanks Chris!

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on September 14th, 2018

    When I try multi-city open to extend the 'stop-over' to a few days longer, the price jumps up. Tried to call customer service and wait was really long... can it be done to maintain same price or Air China does not have that? Go to local agency?

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on September 16th, 2018

    Thanks Chris, Booked BKK in March, there are days departure around Jan 7 and Feb 4 & 25 (return late march, april), as well as late October to early Dec (return early Dec)

    Has Stanley  been here?
       Stanley on September 21st, 2018

    Where do I book flights to Tokyo? I couldn't find the cheap rate.
    Thank you!

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