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1. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 11y

I'm sure this topic is mentioned alot on here but I need to ask...

My route is London-Sydney (stopover flexible)

Obviously flight prices change throughout the year, at the moment I have been quoted £939 with STA using Quantas and £923 with STA using Malaysian airlines. This seems high (my initial expectations were about £700)

If I wait will the prices drop? or does anyone know a decent but well priced airline?

I'm leaving in March and don't want to leave it too late!

Any advice would be very appreciated.

Lynz x

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

Hmm, that does seem a tad high for March... may I ask when you are planning to return because I'm guessing that is what is driving up the price. There's high season options on both ends when doing a search and this could be the reason. Rule of thumb for Oz flights is to stay away from December/January and June/July/August (especially for returns).

I think you should be able to get a better rate, but there have been a few hefty price hikes due to oil prices. The other problem could be if you are trying to book for a long period; tickets that are valid more than 3 months generally cost more!

Austrian airlines has good rates from Norway at the moment; might be the same for the UK. Otherwise, I can get you on a plane from Vienna at 750 most likely (note that I don't actually know this for a fact as I'd have to check with the folk in the office here that deal with that kind of thing). :)

I do think you should be able to get a better rate from the UK though!

Cheers,

Sam

3. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 11y

Thanks Sam, I am planning to go March and have up to 12 months (hence I need an open ticket, or one that can be changed for a small fee) Therfore my return month would be March also. Pehaphs it would be cheaper if I had a fixed return date?

Appreciate the advice,

Lynz x

4. Posted by antthemanc (Budding Member 18 posts) 11y

hi i recently wet down to sta travel and flight center in manchester and got 2 similar prices that were very high but luckily the woman in the flight center told me not to bother booking yet as after dec 28th most airlines reduce there fares and i was more likely to get a desent discount off my prices
hope this help Ant

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

Hmmm, I haven't heard of that. Most of the prices for long haul flights are set ages in advance and if they drop the prices on anything, it's very limited seats (the famous 'from' prices). But it is worth waiting I guess... it can't get that much higher than the 900 plus pounds already quoted!

Lynz, it probably would be cheaper if you had a fixed return date, but to be honest, that kind of blows. I don't think on any of my longer trips I've actually stuck to the return date and if it costs a fortune to change, you'll probably lose out on your better price after all. Most agents can't actually book return dates further than 10 months ahead (it's some crazy airline rule), so they'll put a 'dummy' date in the return ticket. Generally these one year tickets do cost a little more though...

6. Posted by gezred (Budding Member 53 posts) 11y

Cheers guys, Think I'll hold tight until the new year, fingers crossed the prices might drop.

Lynz x