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Black Friday Deal: Montreal to China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, India, Pakistan - $541 CAD to $715 CAD roundtrip including taxes

A tarsier in the Philippines

It looks like Air China is planning to offer some crazy prices on a few seats from Montreal to cities in China, SE Asia, India, and Pakistan over the upcoming Black Friday to Cyber Monday weekend.

Think of it as a bit of a doorcrasher for airfares. This is actually quite rare for an airline to do. Many airlines (and travel agencies) will jump on the Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotional bandwagon and *pretend* to have sales, but true doorcrasher price levels are relatively non-existent from what I've seen over the years.

It *appears* that it will work like this...

Black Friday, Nov 27

On Friday, Nov 27 Air China will drop the price of their Montreal to Shanghai, China (PVG) and Manila, Philippines (MNL) flights down to $597 CAD and $541 CAD roundtrip including taxes, respectively.

It looks like there will only be 4 seats available from Montreal to each destination. If this is true (and they're not just trying to create a frenzy), it means that the available seats will likely go *fast* once the fares are loaded.

(Update: It appears that maybe Air China meant 4 seats per *flight* as there appears to be way more than 4 people reporting to have booked this).

The available date range for travel will be between November 27, 2015 and March 26, 2016.

Saturday, Nov 28

And then on Saturday, Nov 28 - It will be the exact same thing, but Air China will drop the price from Montreal to Chengdu, China (CTU) and Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) down to $597 CAD and $554 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

Update: These are live! There seems to be way less availability though, compared to what there was for Manila. Here is the full list of working dates:

December 28 or 30 to January 14, 15, or 16
Feb 20 to Mar 3, 4, or 5
March 7, 9, or 12 to March 22

Sunday, Nov 29

And then on Sunday, Nov 29 - It's Montreal to Fuzhou, China (FOC) and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (SGN) that will drop to $597 CAD and $554 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

Cyber Monday, Nov 30

And lastly, on Cyber Monday, Nov 30 - it's Montreal to ...

Guangzhou or Canton, China (CAN) - $597 CAD roundtrip including taxes
Delhi, India (DEL) - $686 CAD roundtrip including taxes
Mumbai (Bombay), India (BOM) - $640 CAD roundtrip including taxes
Karachi, Pakistan (KHI) - $715 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

How To Find And Book These Fares

1. Go to the following promotional page on the Air China website...


You will want to be on this page the moment that Air China drops their fares, as the seats will no doubt be snapped up quickly.

UPDATE #1: These prices have become available as of 10:30 AM EST.

screenshot from AirChina.ca

You can also find them with a search on Kayak.

example: Montreal to Manila - mid to late January

UPDATE #2: 11:33 AM EST - Flights to Manila are still available, although availability seems to be dwindling. Be sure to use a flexible date search, and try Mon, Wed, or Sat departure dates. And Tuesday, Friday or Sunday return dates.

I've also heard from numerous people in Montreal about being able to book this, suggesting that there are definitely more than 4 total seats available. Maybe Air China meant 4 seats per flight?

2. Scroll down to the very bottom of the promotional page and search for your fares. Use dates between November 27, 2015 and March 26, 2016 when you search. My guess is that Christmas dates will be blacked out, but who knows.

screenshot of the Black Friday promo deal from the Air China website:

Where to stay in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, or India?

The following AirBNB links will lead you to some great deals on places to stay in Shanghai, Manila, Bangkok, Fuzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Guangzhou, Delhi, or Mumbai for under $39-$59 CAD/night for 2 people.

AirBNB in Shanghai, China - 300+ listings for under $55 CAD/night

AirBNB in Manila, Philippines - 300+ listings for under $59 CAD/night

AirBNB in Fuzhou, China - 35 listings for under $49 CAD/night

AirBNB in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - 300+ listings for under $59 CAD/night

AirBNB in Guangzhou, China - 300+ listings for under $54 CAD/night

AirBNB in Delhi, India - 300+ listings for under $39 CAD/night

AirBNB in Mumbai (Bombay), India - 300+ listings for under $49 CAD/night

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