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StarAlliance airline Air China is currently showing a great fare for travel between Stockholm and Hong Kong. . At just $388/£254/€346 this is probably the cheapest fare I’ve ever spotted for a Europe to Hong Kong return trip (if anyone has seen better let me know in the comments).
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As usual I found these fares by using the ITA Matrix search engine (no, I don’t get a commission for mentioning them as often as I do!) so if you want to replicate my results that’s where you should go (help with ITA Matrix can be found on my “useful info” page).
As far as I can tell, the best fares are available from November 2015 through to March 2016 although the fares before and after those months aren’t too bad either.
There’s an anomaly with the ITA Matrix engine that’s been rearing it’s ugly head recently and it’s appearing here once again. The anomaly is that the fares you can see in the “whole month view” aren’t always the cheapest fares available – you only see those when you go to select the dates from the calendar.
All the screenshots I’ve posted above show the cheapest fare to be $472….but that’s not actually the case. The cheapest fare is $388 which you’ll only see when you click on a date:
See these examples (click to enlarge):
I was having trouble replicating these super-low prices on the Air China website but Orbitz came up trumps:
Make sure you select the “multi-city” option from the flight search and then input the airports….
….and, just like magic, there’s the ticket ready to be booked:
These fares must be booked by 30 September 2015 – the deal will be gone after that.
If you don’t live in Stockholm then you can still take advantage of these fares by using award tickets (or LCCs) to get yourself to Sweden and back again from Frankfurt – just make sure to take all those costs into account when you compare the prices to flights out of your own local airport.
What experiences have you had on Air China? I’m seriously considering booking one of these flights so any information on the inflight experience would be much appreciated 🙂