News & offers: Iberia court ruling, Black Friday – Australia from £1340, Tokyo £1285

Iberia missed flights ruling

Iberia A350 business class short haul full review bed

Iberia A350 business class

One of the rather unfair practices of the legacy carriers is to penalise travellers if they miss one of their flights by cancelling the rest of their reservation. This is to stop people buying tickets that are cheaper elsewhere and only using part of it. For example, Amsterdam-London-Bangkok return on BA is currently considerably cheaper than starting in London but if you were to skip the first part from Amsterdam BA would cancel the rest of your ticket even though you have paid for it all. In June 2017 a London court found in favour of a passenger who sued Iberia for a refund of the new ticket he had to buy when he missed the first part of his journey by a few minutes. The court found that he was entitled to refund of the cost of new flights.

In Spain, a similar action has been brought to court and ended up at the Supreme Court where Iberia’s last appeal has been rejected. There were several parts to the case that was brought by a consumer organisation but the most important part is that of a ‘no show’ passenger. The court found that the passenger’s obligation was only to pay for the ticket, they were not obliged to show up for the flights. The clause allowing Iberia to cancel the remainder of the flights when a passenger failed to show up was declared void. The ruling only applies to Iberia currently but it could open the floodgates for similar cases against other airlines.

HT: Thanks to Gilbert Ott from God Save the Points

Black Friday 2018

Air China

Air China A350 business class

Air China launches it’s Black Friday deals today with some amazing bargains if you are prepared to travel ex EU. The prices from London are not as good but still some very good deals such as Bangkok for £1230 although personally I would be tempted to see what other deals pop up today as both Qatar and BA will be launching their sales today. Air China operate B777-300ER and A330 aircraft from London currently with business class seats in a 2-2-2 configuration. They are part of Star Alliance.

Air China business class seats

On other routes, they have their new A350 which has the same as used on Qatar, the B/E Super Diamond in a 1-2-1 configuration. They are only rated 3 star by SkyTrax so are obviously not going to be up to the standards of the Middle East airlines for example. Flights can be booked until 27 November with the following travel dates from the UK:

  • 23 Nov 2018 – 6 Dec 2018;
  • 25 Dec 2018 – 8 Feb 2019;
  • 23 Feb 2019 – 31 Mar 2019;
  • 22 Apr 2019 – Jun. 18, 2019

From the UK:

  • Bangkok £1230
  • Beijing £1760
  • Shanghai £1371
  • Seoul – £1695
  • Tokyo £1285
  • Manila £1230
  • Hong Kong £1243
  • Sydney – £2334
  • Auckland –  £2294

You can find the UK BF page here

From Germany:

The travel dates are:

  • 11 December 2018 – 3 January 2019
  • 29 January – 8 February 2019
  • 2 April – 21 April 2019
  • 28 May – 24 June 2019
  • 28 June – 23 August 2019


  • Tokyo – €1,184
  • Seoul – €1,186
  • Singapore – €1,194
  • Hong Kong – €1,133
  • Sydney – €1,506
  • Melbourne – €1,506
  • Auckland – €1,506

You can find the German BF page here

Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines A350 business class

Philippine are now operating their new A350 from London and it features a much-improved business class product. I shall be flying this next year for a full report on their business class. Whilst the fares are not as cheap as Air China and they are not part of a major alliance they have a good business class product and are currently rated 4* by Skytrax which ambitions of gaining a 5th star by 2020.

The A350 has the latest flat-bed seats in a 1-2-1 configuration bringing them into line with Qatar. The daily schedule will be as follows:

  • PR720 Departs Manila at 1300 – 1925 arrives London Heathrow
  • PR721  Departs London at 2150 – 1945+1 arrives Manila

The sale runs until 25 November for travel 16 January 2019 to 30 September 2019

  • Melbourne £2616
  • Sydney – £2625
  • Brisbane – £2628
  • Auckland –  £2591

If you are not in a rush to book it could be worth hanging on for the January sale which last year yielded fares of just £1880 from the UK to Australia and New Zealand.

You can find the sale page here. 


1 Comment on "News & offers: Iberia court ruling, Black Friday – Australia from £1340, Tokyo £1285"

  1. Pursuing airlines through the courts over the dropped city rule is akin to turkeys voting for Christmas, should a broad legal consensus rule against the airlines.
    Fares will simply rise to parity across all departure points, much to the dismay of cheap status chasers.
    On the plus side, the lounges will be significantly quieter…

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