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1. Posted by diesel276 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

My original plan was to fly one way into Oz on a WHV, then just book a return flight as and when I wanted to travel home. Although, from what I can read it seems cheaper to book a return flight and then change the return date to suit once you're in Australia. Either getting this change of date for free or at a small fee. (Most seem to be talking in the region of £50 per change).

Does anyone know of any airlines that let you make such changes either for free or a reasonable charge?

Also, after hearing lots of good reports I had half made my mind up to fly with Singapore airways although they have been the most expensive price I have looked at so far. Are they worth paying more for the quality of service? Or are a lot of the airlines very similar?

Cathay Pacific have a very good return deal on at the moment, has anyone any experience with Cathay Pacific?

Apologies for so many questions in one post! All replies will be greatly appreciated!

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Yes, most airlines have the opportunity for you to change the date of return, sometimes for free, usually for a small fee. Althought this is possible, there is always the possibility that certain dates the planes are full and that around certain times of year flights are more expensive, so on top of the date change fee, you have to pay extra because the flight is more expensive. Not to see this is always the case, but it can happen, just regular rules apply.

I had a flight with Cathay Pacific to and from Australia, and I think they are pretty crap to be honest. Leg space was bad and service is not on the level I had expected. Next time I will fly Singapore or Malaysia for sure.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3715 posts) 9y

my ticket was with Qantas/BA to Oz and Nz, and i could change the dates as many times as i wanted free of charge. If i wanted to change the route, this cost £50.

4. Posted by ellena (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hi, we booked our flight through STA travel last month, flying with Quantas in november. It was an open jaw flight, flying from london to melbourne and out of cairns back home 6 months later. We were thinking the same as you about the single/return flights but went for this one in the end. We can change both our return date (extend up to another 6 months) and airport for £30, which i thought was great. Ive heard quantas are a great airline cant wait to go now!

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Have you looked into Thai Airways - they generally have good reports.

Although having flown Singapore into Melbourne l would agree they are very good, and Changi Airport which would be your stop over ariport is excellent and you will have something to do to entertain you whilst in transit!