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Finding cheap flights to Oz.... book now or wait?

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1. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

I'm travelling to Canberra in February 2006 to play rugby. I'm looking for the cheapest possible flights into Sydney (I'm a skinflint and on a tight budget). But looking around I can't seem to find anything under the £600 mark.

I have 2 questions:

1) Is this because I will be travelling in summer?


2) Should I book now or wait for a last minute ticket?


2. Posted by KaisaPhil (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

I booked my flight a week or so ago. I was lucky that I got the last seat on a Cathay Pacific flight. I left it too late really and almost had to pay £750. So my advice is to book as early in advance as possible. The cheap seats go quickly.

Trailfinders seem to be the best people to speak to about cheap flights. The flights they found me were cheaper than any of the airlines were advertising for themselves.


3. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

Hey, Thanks for the tips. I have e-mailed trailfinders.

Thanks again RUGBYJOCK

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Have you tried STA or Flight Centre? Those guys usually have special rates due to their size (plus are well represented in Australia which helps a LOT when things need changing!)....

5. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

I hear the Japan Airlines flight via Narita to Sydney is a bargain. Beware though RUGBYJOCK, especially if you play lock. There is bugger all legroom.

6. Posted by wanderer82 (Full Member 111 posts) 11y

Heh, no mate I'm a scrum-half so leg room won't be a big issue for me I'm only 5'9"!

While we're on the subject, I'm not the best of flyers and I find it hard to get any sleep. I did a 10-flight this summer which I found unbearable especially when everyone else on the flight seemed to be in the land of nod. Can anyone recommend some sleeping pills or advice etc?


7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

I do a lot of long-haul flights. If I'm flying economy I always have one of those blow-up neck pillows (it stops your head rolling on to your neigbours neck and dribbling all over them) and an eyemask. I fight for the window seats in the emergency exit rows, but then so does everybody so just a window seat is ok (something to lean on). Emirates and Singapore airlines are my choices for economy flights as they have great seats and great entertainment. Everyone says avoid alcohol, but a glass of wine or two after dinner puts me away nicely. As for pills: I occasionally take lexotan, its an anti-anxiety pill not a sleeping pill. I just tell the doc I'm a nervous flyer and out comes the prescription pad. They're more of a chill pill than anything else. Works for me though.

If I'm flying business class then none of the above matters.

8. Posted by igetlost (Full Member 89 posts) 11y

you might concider flying to dublin and flying out of there because it will be cgeaper then the sterling.i just got one from rome today and it was 730euros which is cheap..bad time at the moment though.