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Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Bangkok, Thailand

On Thursday, July 13th at 11:55 PM, Air China is going to be having a sale on their flights from Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand for $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

There will also be fares from Vancouver to Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Qingdao, China for the same price.

As well as fares from Vancouver to Manila, Philippines - like they had the last time around with a similar sale.

But with so many low fares to mainland China these days, it's really the fares to SE Asia (Thailand and the Philippines) that jump out as a great price.

Air China's flights have a stop in Beijing, China each way.

Availability for travel

September, October, November, early December 2017

January, February, March, April 2018

blackout dates:

October 5-15, 2017 (outbound flights)
September 22 to October 3, 2017 (inbound flights)

How to find and book these flights

1. - On Thursday July 13th, around 11:55 PM PST, go to the Air China flash sale page...

LINK: Air China flash sale page

NOTE: Air China usually releases theses fares around 11:55 PM PST.

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

3. Search for a flight from Vancouver to ...

Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
Manila, Philippines (MNL)
Shanghai, China (PVG)
Guangzhou, China (CAN)
Qingdao, China (TAO)

TIP: The last time there was a similar sale, some people 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 7/13 @ 9:55 PM PST - Kayak is showing these fares already, but when you click through to the Air China website they're not actually loaded yet...

You can try starting with this Kayak search, and then adjusting it to the dates you're thinking of trying on the Air China website at midnight tonight.

Kayak search: Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand

It *could* be indication of which dates will actually be available, and the layover times (but not guaranteed).

Hopefully they really are the flights with 3 hour connections in Beijing which would be fairly fast flights for YVR to Bangkok.

The info below is just speculation on what *might* become available at midnight tonight, based on what Kayak is showing.


September: lots of dates in the first half, up to September 21. A few in the second half: Sep 18 to 20, 21, 21 to Oct 4.

October: Just seeing Oct 1 to Oct 15, 16, 17, 18, 21. Not seeing any in the second half.

November: not seeing any in the first half, unless you depart on October 31, returning Nov 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. The second half has more.

December: You can find fares up to December 13th. There won't be any return dates in December past that point. Christmas will be off limits as always, unfortunately.


January: lot of dates

February: there doesn't seem to be any return dates for the first 3 weeks. But longer trips are possible. example: Feb 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 to Feb 22, 23, 24

March: lots of dates

April: lots of dates

May: The latest you can return looks to be May 19, 2018.

Update 7/14 @ 10 AM PST - The following dates are still working this morning for 2 passengers to Bangkok, Thailand.

(all other date ranges besides the ones below seem to be sold out, or there might be single seats left, I only checked for 2 or more).

The links below will take you to a search on Kayak for 2 passengers. Click through from there to the Air China website. The total shown on the Air China website will be for 2 people.

For longer trips you can try mixing and matching the departure and return dates from the dates you found on Kayak or the list below, and running another search on Kayak. The maximum trip length is 3 months.

Sep 5, 6, 9 to Sep 19 (half day layover on the way back)

March 19 to April 4

March 26, 28 to April 10, 11, 12, 14

Early to mid April, quite a few dates -
early to mid April
second week of April to late April

Late April to mid May, quite a few dates

screenshot from Kayak:

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31 Responses to "Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes"

    Has Catherine been here?
       Catherine on July 11th, 2017

    Do you know if this upcoming deal: Vancouver to Bangkok, Thailand - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes include deals for business class??

    Has David  been here?
       David on July 12th, 2017

    Is it the same deal for back and forth china?

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on July 12th, 2017

    Hi David,

    Yes, there will also be fares from Vancouver to Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Qingdao, China for the same price ($499 CAD roundtrip including taxes).

    Has Fred been here?
       Fred on July 12th, 2017

    Hi Chris,

    I saw at the button of this promotion says maximum stay is 3 months. If I want to stay longer than 3 months do you think it may worth it to book my ticket for 3 months and later call them and pay some penalty and extend my ticket.

    Or other option does it worth it that just buy return ticket and if I need to stay longer and no option to extend I forget about the return part and just buy another one-way ticket back to Canada.

    In general, are usually this kind of promotions only 3 months maximum stay?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 13th, 2017

    Hi Fred,

    I find it's not usually worth it to pay the penalty to extend a ticket. The airlines generally charge a minimum of $200-$300 for changes *plus* the difference in fare cost between the price when you booked, and the price it is now, which can easily add another $300+.

    A one way from Thailand to Vancouver will probably cost a minimum of $650-700 CAD, so with a total cost of $1050 to $1100 for both flights, that may not be worth it either.

    Has robin been here?
       robin on July 13th, 2017

    How long is the sale on ? I cant book until Tuesday!

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 13th, 2017

    The sale is technically until Sunday, July 16th - but realistically, like most airfare price drops, how long it actually lasts is a question of how much demand there is for the cheap fares, versus how many cheap fares the airline releases.

    Has Megan been here?
       Megan on July 13th, 2017

    I can't seem to find any flights Vancouver to Bangkok for $499 in 2018, do they typically sell out that quickly? I've tried many different dates and the cheapest is around $879

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 13th, 2017

    It starts tonight, at 11:55 PM PST.

    Has Sep been here?
       Sep on July 13th, 2017

    Do you think it'll be possible to get the $499 price for flights leaving on a Friday or saturday and returning on a Sunday? or will it be $499 only for midweek flights / returns?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 13th, 2017

    In the previous Air China deal ($499 to Manila, Philippines) there were definitely departures available both during the week and on Friday, Saturday, Sunday...


    I seem to remember pretty much every date in the flexible calendar date view showing $499, so I think returns on weekend dates were available.

    But every sale can be different. One thing is for sure, Air China has been a lot more generous with available dates from Vancouver than they have been from Montreal with their $499 sales. Their $499 flights from Montreal to Tokyo had only a handful of dates.

    Has Sasha been here?
       Sasha on July 13th, 2017

    This is amazing if I can actually find a flight tonight! Do you know if these are going to be direct from Vancouver or a lot of stops? We have been planning to go to Thailand for our honeymoon so couldn't be better!

    When the sale does come on does it typically give any indication of which days of the week to look up or give any direction? I just want to make sure I'm fully prepared cause I need these! We were planning to do any dates between mid January and February 2018

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on July 13th, 2017

    They'll be 1-stop flights via Beijing (all Air China flights route through Beijing).

    There aren't currently any airlines that fly non-stop from Vancouver to Bangkok.

    I've just posted an update in the blog post that might give an indication of which dates will be available, and a way to try your own dates to see.

    Has A.L been here?
       A.L on July 14th, 2017

    Seeing a lot of $499 tickets in March 2018 on Kayak, but when I process with the transaction it shoots up to $879, $242 on "surcharges". Is this normal?

    Has Chris Myden been here?
       Chris Myden on July 14th, 2017

    They aren't actually available yet, that's why the price is different once you click through.

    Kayak is displaying the prices that *should* become available on the Air China website in about 38 minutes (midnight PST). Air China probably loaded their fares into a distribution system that Kayak is picking up on (just a bit early).

    It's a good way to get an idea of what dates are likely to be available though, to prepare!

    Has KS been here?
       KS on July 14th, 2017

    Thanks Chris and YVR Deals.

    Just booked ours to Bangkok in September. We've been checking near every day for the past two months for a deal and then this came up!

    Has LeoGio been here?
       LeoGio on July 14th, 2017

    HI Everyone and thanks Chris, r

    Regarding to this deal though is AIR CHINA any good? the reviews are not very favorable to say the leas

    Has Doug been here?
       Doug on July 14th, 2017

    I cant find any deals

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 14th, 2017

    These have been going fast. Here is what I think is left, in terms of more than 1 seat available...

    Mar 28 or 30 to Apr 13 -- 6 hour layovers
    Apr 8 or 13 to Apr 25 -- 6 hour layovers
    Apr 15 or 20 to May 2 -- 6 hour layovers
    Apr 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28 to May 9 or 11 -- 4 to 6 hour layovers
    Apr 29, 30 to May 16, 18 -- 4 to 6 hour layovers

    Has Douglas been here?
       Douglas on July 14th, 2017

    Chris , Fred indicated that he saw a max. stay of 3 months on the $499 return deal to BKK et al . Can you tell me where it gives this max. 3 month stay ? I cannot see at this point . Rather an important point for some folks , like me .

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 14th, 2017

    Hi Douglas, it does show that under 'Helpful Tips' on the Air China promo page for this deal. Maximum stay: 3 months

    But at this point, I don't think there's enough dates left to even test to see if that's true.

    March 7 or 8 to May 15-21 may still be working. They're showing up on Kayak at least.

    Has Heather been here?
       Heather on July 14th, 2017

    Thanks! All booked for a November holiday. Much appreciated!

    Has Helen been here?
       Helen on July 14th, 2017

    Thanks Chris! We booked the tickets to BKK for February 2018.

    Has Anonymous been here?
       Anonymous on July 14th, 2017

    If i purchase the ticket and have to cancel it if we can't go for work reason. Can we get a refund back or a credit?

    Has Carrie been here?
       Carrie on July 14th, 2017

    Frustrated. Set my alarm for midnight to book flights to Thailand in March. Couldn't find any of the $499 deals. Ugh.

    Has Pat been here?
       Pat on July 14th, 2017


    Has Don been here?
       Don on July 14th, 2017

    Hey Chris, awesome site thanks! Unfortunately we are going to have to book full price last few days of December... ive read your post on booking to Thailand, but, if you shook your pretend crystal ball around would you have any tips for me on booking today vs waiting it out?

    Has Chris_Myden been here?
       Chris_Myden on July 14th, 2017

    Hi Don,

    Unfortunately December 20 to January 7th is generally off limits as far as unusual price drops on any airline, to anywhere, at any time. Christmas is a powerful force!

    Has Don been here?
       Don on July 14th, 2017

    Hi Chris, thank you for the quick reply, I'll reply in kind by telling everyone about your site! The fact that drops are "generally off limits" is good enough for me to book now and stop having to check flights all the time!

    Has phil been here?
       phil on July 14th, 2017

    3 months stay @douglas

    I was able to book a 3-months stay. Try Sept 20 to Dec 20. That's still working.

    Has Sasha been here?
       Sasha on July 14th, 2017

    Was very sad went on right at 11:55, found the flights, entered all of our information and then went to pay and it said the flights were no longer available. Then did different dates found the flights entered everything again and after trying to make payment it said flights were sold out again!!! By the time we'd done it the 2 times they were all gone in all of December, January and February :(

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