Melbourne & Sydney: SkyTeam Premium Economy for €1,529 from Budapest (Long Layover, Mileage Run)

China Eastern Premium Economy 787

Thanks to another deal from China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines, you can travel at a cheap price in premium economy to Australia. With departures from Budapest, these airlines will take you to Melbourne or Sydney, starting at €1,529. Due to the long route and the high mileage credits, this is also a very good mileage run.

On the outbound and return flights, a longer layover of approximately 16 hours in Shanghai is usually required. During this time, you can either take a (visa-free) trip to the city or extend the stopover for up to 6 days for an additional cost of around €300 (see below).


There are no longer any Covid restrictions for entry into Australia. However, a (free) visa is required for Australia.

You can book with just a few clicks using the form below. Travel is available from September 2023 to January 2024. We have highlighted the cheapest dates for the round-trip with a maximum stay of 28 days in green:

€1,529 to Melbourne, only having a long layover on the outbound flight

Shanghai Airlines flies from Budapest to Shanghai three times a week, using a Boeing 787-9 with a 2-3-2 premium economy alignment for the 10 to 11-hour flight. After approximately 14-16 hours of layover there, China Eastern will fly you 10 hours to Melbourne with a Boeing 787 (2-3-2) or Airbus A350 (2-4-2). The flight to Sydney would be with an Airbus A350 for 9-10 hours. Luckily, the layover in Shanghai is usually relatively short on the way back, usually lasting 4-5 hours.

Search & Book

The fare rules do not specify an expiration date. They only state that you must travel before June 30, 2024. You can quickly and easily find available dates using Google Flights (instructions). You can then book on China Eastern’s website or at the cheapest OTA that Skyscanner can find. We recommend booking directly at the airline to avoid unnecessary additional fees for changes or cancellations.

Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?

More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:

Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.

If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. In many cases, you may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.

This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.

Baggage and Other Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are industry standard by now. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.

This also applies to other things like food services, insurances or priority treatment. In almost all cases, you pay less for additional amenities when booking on the airlines’ website.

Stopover Flights starting at €1,842

According to the fare rules, stopover flights with up to 7 days in Shanghai are possible – in either direction. This is particularly interesting on the outbound flight since a layover of approximately 16 hours is already required. You can search for stopover flights using Google Flights’ multi-stop search. You can also use our form below to book:

In addition to stopover flights, open-jaw flights starting at €1,544 are also possible.


The tickets are issued in booking class P. For a round-trip from Budapest via Shanghai to Melbourne, the mileage credit looks like this (provided the tickets are issued with a China Eastern flight number):

  • 30,538 Miles on CSA OK Plus
  • 30,538 RDM + 5,090 MQD on Delta SkyMiles
  • 30,538 Miles on Air Europa Suma
  • 22,394 Award Miles + 88 XP on Flying Blue
  • 22,394 Miles on Aeromexico Club Premier
  • 22,394 Miles on Aerolíneas Argentinas AerolíneasPlus
  • 22,394 Miles on MEA Cedar Miles
  • 22,394 Miles on Saudia Alfursan
  • 22,394 Miles on Vietnam Airlines Lotusmiles
  • 22,394 Miles on Garuda Indonesia GarudaMiles
  • 20,358 Award Miles on Japan Airlines Mileage Bank
Data provided by Without guarantee on correctness.


Information & Tips for Australia

Australia, also know as ‘Down Under’, is an absolute dream destination because of its distance to Europe and its beautiful countryside. But because it’s so far away, the flights are costly. Nevertheless, there is always Dealz for less than 1.000€.

Best Time to Visit

Australia is a vast country with different climate zones. Summers (November to February) are hot and mostly dry, winters (June to September) are relatively mild.

Climate diagram for Sydney (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Perth (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)
Climate diagram for Darwin (Source: WMO World Weather Information Service)

Entry & Visa

Most European citizens require an eVisa which has to be issued before your arrival. You can apply online, and the process will be free of charge.

Finding the Best eSIM Plan

We’ve compared various eSIM providers, such as RedteaGO and Airalo. To see which plan is best for your travel needs, and which network offers the best coverage, feel free to read our detailed guide:

The Best eSIM Plans for Australia 🇦🇺 Compared

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Comments (12)

  1. Gary says:

    Delta mileage is not that much as according to delta website P class is First class and Premium Eco is W class

  2. Nicolas says:

    Dear Ditmar,
    Many tanks for the very accurately and politely provided clarifications.
    Stay well and healthy!

  3. Louis says:

    Hat irgendjemand vom Travel Dealz-Team online bestätigte Datenpunkte darüber gesehen, dass die Delta-Meilen tatsächlich in der angegebenen Höhe gutgeschrieben werden? Ich bin auf keines gestoßen und habe gesucht.

    Es scheint mir sehr riskant, dies als mileage run zu nutzen, wenn man bedenkt, dass die P-Tarifklasse laut Delta mit „First – P, International“ gekennzeichnet ist.

    • Ditmar Lange says:

      Ja, das ist zwar seltsam, aber China Eastern zeigt auf deren Website auch P als Premium Economy an, und da es letztendlich ausschließlich über die Buchungsklasse und nicht die Reiseklasse geht, sollten einem die 300% RDM / 200% MQM zustehen.
      Genauso wie man eine Zeit lang leider noch die Economy-Gutschrift für KLMs neue Premium Economy bekam, da die Buchungsklasse früher Economy war.
      Einziges Risiko ist, natürlich, dass DL die Meilengutschrift-Tabelle, die seit 2018 unverändert ist, jetzt bis zum Flug noch ändert.

      • Louis says:

        Ja, ich stimme Ihnen hinsichtlich der KLM Premium Economy-Situation zu (und war mir dessen auch bewusst, weshalb ich KLM Premium Economy bis vor kurzem gemieden habe). Danke für die Klarstellung. Ich bin nicht sicher, ob ich spekulativ das Risiko eingehen werde, China Eastern zu buchen, aber wir werden sehen, was nach den bedeutenden Änderungen bei Skymiles passiert, die heute anstehen.

  4. Nicolas says:

    Forgot to add “in Business Class”, sorry.

    • Ditmar Lange says:

      I still don’t understand what you’re trying to say 😅

      • Nicolas says:

        I still don’t understand what you’re trying to say 😅… ?!?!
        Are you Johann or his “secretary”?
        Sorry for my “bad” English.
        Better not writing you at all.

        • Ditmar Lange says:

          I’m not his secretary, I’m the one who translated the deal from the German site to the English site (as is the case with a lot of deals). It’s not about mocking your English (which I have no problem with). I just don’t know what you were trying to say? That you’d like to fly in business class for the same price as premium economy?
          Either way, don’t stop commenting. You’re one of the few people who does comment (positive things), and we do appreciate it.

          • Nicolas says:

            That you’d like to fly in business class for the same price as premium economy?
            Yes, dear Ditmar, indeed. Especially after the freshly announced drastic / dramatic changes for Delta SkyMiles devoted (EU) members.
            Such a routing & fare in Business Class could certainly make many frequent travelers more than happy.
            Perhaps one day…
            Warmest regards 🙂

  5. Nicolas says:

    Dear Johann,
    The similar routing for the +/- same fare could be a great deal (for Delta mileage) 😉

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