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Thursday, September 21st 2017

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2017
11
July
Montreal to Tokyo, Japan or Seoul, South Korea - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes (no more Kazakhstan?)

Seoul, South Korea

In 3 days, Air China is going to be having yet another flash sale on their flights to Asia for $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

Like last time, they are offering flights to Tokyo, Japan for this price. Hopefully there are more dates available this time. Last time, the number of available dates was incredibly limited.

Interestingly enough, this time around, there are also going to be $499 flights from Montreal to Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. How's that for exotic? I'll resist making a dated Borat reference.

Astana has invested billions in building unique and modern architecture for it's skyline with the help of architects from around the world.

Also note that as of January 2017, Canadians do not require a visa to visit Kazakhstan.

There will also be flights from Montreal to Hong Kong available for this price.

Update 7/13 @ 8:57 PM EST - It looks like Astana, Kazakhstan is no longer going to be offered? It's been replaced by Seoul, South Korea...

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 the night of Thursday, July 13th go to the following Air China flash sale page...

LINK: Air China flash sale page

NOTE: Air China usually releases theses fares around 3 AM EST. In other words, you would need to stay up really late on Thursday July 13th (or get up really early the morning of Friday July 14th, depending on how you want to think of it).

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

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

Tokyo, Japan (HND)
or
Seoul, South Korea (GMP)
or
Hong Kong (HKG)

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 @ 8:57 PM EST - It looks like Astana, Kazakhstan is no longer going to be offered? It's been replaced by Seoul, South Korea...

screenshot from the Air China website:



Update 7/14 @ 2 AM EST - Here is an advance list of dates that I think *may* be available in about an hour (3 AM EST) for Tokyo, Japan and Seoul, South Korea

Montreal to Tokyo, Japan - I think, like last time, these flights will require overnight stays in Beijing, China on the way there. It looks like there will be a lot more dates than last time, most notably for March, April, and May 2018 travel.

Montreal to Seoul, South Korea - It looks like these flights will have 2-3 hour layovers in Beijing, and are actually very close to as fast as Montreal to Seoul can be done. Might want to focus on Seoul!

Montreal to Hong Kong - try dates in and around the dates listed below for Tokyo and Seoul. It looks like some dates will have 90 minute layovers each way. Other dates require an overnight layover in Beijing.

(for longer trips, you can try mixing and matching the dates from the left and right hand side of the list below)

-- Montreal to Tokyo, Japan (HND) --

[2017]
Oct 19, 26, 28, 29

Nov 4, 9 to Nov 18, 19
Nov 19 to Nov 30 or Dec 1
Nov 25, 26 to Dec 6, 7, 8

Dec 2, 3, 5, 7 to Dec 13, 14, 18

[2018]
Jan 7, 9, 11 to Jan 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Jan 13, 14, 16, 18 to Jan 23, 24, 29
Jan 20, 21, 23, 25 to Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 2, 3, 5
Jan 27, 28, 30 to Feb 6, 8, 9

Feb 1 to Feb 6, 8, 9
Feb 3, 4, 6, 8 to Feb 19
Feb 20, 22 to Feb 27, 28, Mar 1, 2, 3, 5
Feb 24, 25, 27 to Mar 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Mar 1 to Mar 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Mar 4, 6, 8 to Mar 13, 14, 15, 17, 18
Mar 10, 11, 13, 15 to Mar 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Mar 17, 18, 20, 22 to Mar 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 1, 2
Mar 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 to Apr 4, 5, 7, 8, 9

Apr 1, 2, 3, 5 to Apr 10, 13, 14, 15, 16
Apr 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 to Apr 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23
Apr 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 to Apr 25, 26, 28, 29, 30
April 22, 23, 24, 26 to May 6, 7
April 29, 30 to May 13, 14

-- Montreal to Seoul, South Korea (GMP) --

[2017]
Nov 4, 9 to Nov 18, 19
Nov 11, 12, 14 to Nov 25, 26
Nov 19 to Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, 3
Nov 25 to Dec 6, 7, 8

Dec 2, 3, 5, 7 to Dec 13, 14, 18

[2018]
Jan 7, 9, 11 to Jan 18, 19, 20, 21, 22
Jan 13, 14, 16, 18 to Jan 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29
Jan 21, 23, 25 to Jan 30, 31, Feb 1, 3, 5
Jan 28, 30 to Feb 7, 8

Feb 1 to Feb 7, 8
Feb 3, 4, 8 to Feb 19
Feb 22 to Mar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Feb 24, 25 to Mar 6, 7, 8, 10, 11

Mar 1 to Mar 6, 7, 8, 10, 11
Mar 3, 4, 6, 8 to Mar 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Mar 10, 11, 13, 15 to Mar 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
Mar 17, 18, 20, 22 to Mar 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 1, 2
Mar 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 to Apr 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Mar 31 to Apr 10, 11, 12, 16

Apr 1, 2, 3, 5 to Apr 10, 11, 12, 16
Apr 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 to Apr 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23
Apr 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 to Apr 24, 25, 26, 29, 30
Apr 21, 22, 23, 24, 26 to May 2, 3, 6, 7
Apr 28, 29, 30 to May 13, 14

Update 7/14 @ 4 AM EST - It appears that only Hong Kong is able to be booked. When you try booking Tokyo, Japan or Seoul, South Korea you are greeted with an error message


(even though there are definitely seats available)

There are plenty of dates showing for $499 CAD roundtrip, but they can't be booked! Way to go Air China!

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5 Responses to "Montreal to Tokyo, Japan or Seoul, South Korea - $499 CAD roundtrip including taxes (no more Kazakhstan?)"


    Has Charles Farrell been here?
       Charles Farrell on July 14th, 2017

    Trying to fly to Tokyo in April 2018, have been trying on an hourly basis multiple times on multiple browser using multiple combinations of dates since 3AM EST, same error message appears (no seats available) even thought the availability on website (and other websites like kayak) says there are still seats. I called Air China's customers service and was basically told 'that's too bad, sorry can't book for you, keep trying eventually it should work' That's the thing, I have been trying since 3AM EST.........

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

    Hi Charles,

    Yes, it's definitely annoying. Those of us in the YUL Deals facebook group were trying as soon as these tickets were released (3 AM EST) and the flights to Tokyo and Seoul did not ever seem to be bookable, for anyone.

    Although there was one person who said their friend was able to book one to Tokyo. I kept getting the same error message as you, despite the fact their website was showing many dates as being available.

    Hong Kong was the only destination that ever seemed to work.

    All of the destinations from Vancouver for $499 seemed to work, based on what I saw in the YVR Deals facebook group.

    Last time, there were extremely few dates available to Tokyo. This time, there were plenty of dates, but they couldn't be booked. Air China definitely needs to get their act together from Montreal!

    This time, I didn't even send out an e-mail alert about this one beforehand, at the risk of disappointing too many people. Air China will need to prove they can actually offer these deals from Montreal before I do so again.

    Has Charles Farrell been here?
       Charles Farrell on July 14th, 2017

    Thanks Chris, in no way shape or form and I blaming, you, you do a great job telling us about these deals!

    If I cant get the deal before July (believe me I've actually been trying twice every hour) I'm seriously pondering making a complaint to the Competition Bureau of Canada.

    Again thanks for your help on this!

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

    Thanks Chris,

    Really appreciate the effort on finding this deal. Too bad there's always issues booking something on AirChina, really proving to be unreliable. It's always buggy for some odd reason.

    If the site actually allows me to book at a cheap rate then I'll keep trying obviously, but I'll NEVER book on the website at normal rates.

    Has jordan been here?
       jordan on July 16th, 2017

    Anybody get lucky yet? I've been trying to book for 6 hours straight now using a huge range of the available dates and still get nothing but the error message.

    I've called the airline twice and they are sticking to their story of it being neccessary to book online. They can't even give any info on what is avail or not.

    One woman did tell me, however, that X amount of seats are avail per flight vs. it being a huge lot of tickets free-for-all style.

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