Ok, as a last minute plan I'm thinking about spending a few weeks at the end of September (about 3 weeks) visiting family in Melbourne. I've priced flights and Im getting around £620 return as the cheapest, and thats not a cert, thats one fo the "from £" as a result on cheapflights.co.uk where I'd need to phone 'one2one flights'.
Now Im sure its going to be cheaper avoiding paying in pounds and maybe hopping on a budget flight to europe and getting something cheaper from there, again via Hong Kong / Thailand etc.
Im expecting a little more inconveniance, but if there are any well traveled people out there who know how t wrangle the best deal then let me know.
Are you mad, you won't get tickets for much cheaper than that. Was going to visit London a few weeks ago and flights were (cheapest with 2 stops) $2600 return which is around £1200!!!! And it wasn't even last minute thing.........
Cheapest flights that I have ever got were London - Sydney - London (used to live in Uk) £570 and it was 4 years ago!!!!
So I would say book it!!!
Defin book that , you won't get much cheaper. Be surprised if those prices were still available to be honest
That is very cheap for that last notice.... i would have thought 800-900 cheapest... Yeah if you book months in advance you could get it for 600-700 so thats good..
All airfares have gone up and up because of the rising cost of a barrel of oil, so a fairly good price. However seasons in the southern hemisphere is opposite those in the northern hemisphere and it can be a bit chilly then. I'd go November-December-January time and get some sun when it's cold back home.
There is not that much in Melbourne. A few days is enough for many, though obviously longer if you have family there. Consider adding in another destination in Australia. Book tickets before going as more expensive there. Some airlines will sell you air passes cheap (zone 1 and zone 2). Also it's a LONG way there so consider stopping off in Asia on the way there and back (Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc). I popped across to Tasmania while there (an hour by plane and at 9 AM, I was in Hobart.
that price is not bad, considering the rise in oil prices these days.
maybe you can try travel agents directly at students, they may have specials for the time you planned.