Business Class to Europe from $4149 return


    We now have the release of most special “Europe Earlybird ” airfares for travel in 2019. We’ve sifted through the huge range of (rather complicated!) fares and here’s our summary of what’s on offer so far. Please note that all fares are quoted including fuel surcharges but excluding government and airport taxes unless specified – please see the note * at the bottom of this article by way of explanation.

    Premium Economy Class

    Cathay Pacific have the most eye-catching Premium Economy fare so far, although you’ll need to travel to Auckland to enjoy it if you are departing after 27 Feb 2019 (the date of the last direct flight from Hong Kong to Christchurch). The fare is just $3670 + taxes to Europe via Hong Kong for departures from 15-31 Jan & 11 Feb – 30 Sep 2019. That includes the Air NZ connecting flights from Christchurch to Auckland. That fare is valid to London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Paris, Rome, Zurich & Tel Aviv. That’s $3845 including taxes to Barcelona. On Sale until 31 Oct 2018.

    Singapore Airlines have a brand new A350 aircraft flying out of Christchurch from 8 Jan 2019 and this means we have a premium economy cabin offering from Christchurch for the first time over our winter. Hooray! Their fares start from $4000 + taxes to London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Moscow, Istanbul, Milan, Rome, Copenhagen, Zurich, Dusseldorf, Munich & Paris, travelling 8 Jan to 17 Sep 2019. On Sale until 23 October 2018.

    Air New Zealand specials apply for departures from 1 Oct 2018  – 31 Aug 2019. Fares start at $4300 + taxes return to Europe via Asia, using their partner airlines Virgin Atlantic, Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong or Shanghai. If flying via LA or San Francisco, fares are a little higher, starting from $4600 + taxes. Of course, you can fly out via Asia and back via North America, or vice versa. Ask your consultant for applicable destinations. On Sale until 23 October 2018.

    Business Class

    China Southern Airlines have a fantastic deal in business class to Europe with fares from $3820 + taxes. That’s $4149 including tax to Amsterdam, $4179 including tax to Paris and $4649 including tax to London!  Travel from 1 Jan to 7 Feb & 18 Feb to 30 June 2019. On Sale to 1 November 2018.

    Malaysian Airlines have a great fare of $5430 + taxes to London via Auckland and Kuala Lumpur for travel 1 Feb to 30 Sep 2019. That fare includes the return Jetstar connecting flights from CHCH to Auckland. On Sale to 31 October 2018.

    Cathay Pacific also have an excellent return fare at just $6050 + taxes to Europe via Hong Kong for departures from 15 -31 Jan and 11 Feb – 31 Aug 2019. That includes the Air NZ connecting flights from Christchurch to Auckland if you are departing after 27 Feb 2019. They fly to 14 European destinations. On Sale until 31 October 2018.

    Singapore Airlines business class specials apply for departures from 1 Oct 2018 – 17 Sep 2019.. From 8 Jan 2019 you’ll enjoy their brand new A350 aircraft flying from Christchurch to Singapore. Return fares to European destinations start from $6500 + taxes. On Sale until 23 October 2018.

    Emirates Business Class fares to London start from $7915 + taxes. Fares are a little higher to other European destinations. You’ll enjoy their award-winning service upstairs on their lovely A380 aircraft flying from Christchurch to Dubai and beyond. Valid for departures 1 Jan – 31 Aug 2019. A weekend surcharge of $135 each way applies for outbound & inbound departures Fri-Sun. On Sale until 30 Oct 2018. 

    Air New Zealand specials apply for departures from 1 Oct 2018 – 31 Aug 2019. Return fares to Europe start at $6900 + taxes return via Asia (Hong Kong, Shanghai or Tokyo), using their partner airlines Virgin Atlantic, Air France, KLM, All Nippon, Lufthansa or Cathay Pacific. If flying via North America (LA, San Francisco, Houston or Vancouver) or South America (Buenos Aires), fares are a little higher, starting from $8200 + taxes. Travel from 15 Jan to 31 Aug 2019. Of course, you can fly out via Asia and back via North/South America, or vice versa. On sale until 23 October 2018.

    *IMPORTANT NOTE – all fares quoted are approximate – we’ve included current fuel surcharges, but government taxes will vary according to the destination – the range is usually between $100-$550 and are additional. For example Christchurch to Milan return with Singapore Airlines (premium economy) only attracts $132 taxes but Christchurch to Paris return with Emirates (business class) attracts $262 taxes and Christchurch to London with Air NZ in Premium economy or Business Premier attracts $601 taxes! The UK’s departure taxes are much higher than the rest of Europe, and more if flying business or premium economy than economy, so it can be a good idea to fly INTO the UK and home from another city to save on the taxes – Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Athens, Amsterdam etc.

    Of course, all specials are subject to availability for your dates, so please contact your favourite Discover Travel consultant for an exact price for your dates and for full terms & conditions.

    In summary, there are some great deals available but it’s more important we get the right flights for your itinerary rather than trying to make the best deal fit your requirements as ultimately the flights will only be part of the overall budget for your Europe trip. Please call us on 03 364 3400 for more details.