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Monday, October 15th 2018

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2018
21
August
Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand or Mumbai, India - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Thailand

Air China is *allegedly* going to be having another flash sale, this time from Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand or Mumbai, India for $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

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 many dates available, sometimes there are very, very few - to the point where marketing it as a flash sale is outright deception.

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

late August, September, October, November, early December 2018

January, late February, March, April 2019

UPDATE: As reported below, the true availability for travel with this flash sale appears to be just September and October 2018.

How to find and book these flights

1. On the night of Thursday, August 23rd 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, August 23rd.

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 @ 1 AM PST - The flash sale is now live, here is what I've seen...

Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) - I have seen a few $499 flights in September / October

example dates:

Sep 15, 16, 17 to Oct 11, 12, 13
Sep 23, 24 to Oct 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19

layover times: 4 hours on the way there, 10 hours on the way home

Mumbai / Bombay, India (BOM) - I have seen a few $499 flights in September / October

example dates:

Sep 10, 17, 19, 22 to Oct 5, 7, 12, 15, 17, 19
Sep 22, 24 to Oct 5, 7, 12, 15, 17, 19

layover times: 4 hours on the way there, 4 hours on the way home

OVERALL: Very disappointing, as has been the case with the last 3 or 4 'flash sales' from Air China. I'd say they definitely lie about the range of dates being offered.





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