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 from September 2023 to January 2024, starting at €1,319.
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 €200 (see below).
This deal is also a nice mileage run, especially for Delta SkyMiles members, as it’ll earn you over 60,000 award miles (RDM) and over 40,000 status miles (MQM).
There are no longer any Covid restrictions for entry into Australia. However, a (free) visa is required. For entry into China, a negative Covid test has no longer been required for a few days.
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:
You will initially fly with a Shanghai Airlines Boeing 787 from Budapest to Shanghai. After approximately 16 hours of layover there, China Eastern will also take you to Melbourne with a Boeing 787 or to Sydney with an Airbus A350. Unfortunately, a longer stopover in Shanghai is usually unavoidable on the return flight as well.
Search & Book
The fare rules do not specify an expiration date. However, prices can change at any time. You can travel between September 2023 and January 2024.
There is no minimum stay requirement mentioned, and according to the fare rules, you can stay at the destination for a maximum of 12 months.
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 our flight search 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 €1,491
According to the fare rules, stopover flights with up to 144 hours 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 €1,340 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):
- 61,074 RDM + 40,716 MQM on Delta SkyMiles
- 61,074 RDM + 12,214 MQD on Delta SkyMiles 2024
- 30,538 Miles on CSA OK Plus
- 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
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.
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.
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