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1. Posted by Goska268 (Inactive 53 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I wanted to see if anyone had any advice on when is the best timing to buy airline tickets. Since there are many frequent travelers on this board, i figured you guys are the best people to ask :)

I'm looking at tickets to Sydney for the first week of November. It seems like the price of the tickets are good now, but i'm afraid i'll be kicking myself in the butt later if they go even lower and i don't wait. Being that it is approx. 3 months away, should i wait to see if the fares go lower or just book the tickets now?

Also, how easy it is to book a last minute flight from Sydney to Cairns aboard one of the airlines like Virgin Blue?
I'll also need a flight out to Cairns while in Australia and i don't know if i should book it advance or just wait till i get to Australia.

Any advice is much appreciated!

2. Posted by miket.rtw (Budding Member 32 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Not sure about the flight to oz but the budget flight get mroe expensive the more seats they sell

3. Posted by Jane3908 (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

For domestic flights within Australia cheapest way is not usually last minute. I would think the cheapest to cairns would be a mid week flight and the lowest one way I have ever seen is $120 but usually $150. So if you see a fare in that range buy it when you see it. Youc an get mailout from the airlines, virginblue or jetstar for alerts.

4. Posted by LucyLou29 (Budding Member 15 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I got my flights from Austravel - they were really helpful, and would be able to get a good deal, or advise you on stuff. Mine were £850 and were London - Cairns, Sydney to Christchurch and Auckland to London. Flying out on 26th October....was cheapest deal by a mile.

5. Posted by Richard SN (Inactive 1 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Hello, and which airlines do you choose?

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7. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2552 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Richard, you're dragging up a thread that's 7 years old....

Cheers,
Terry

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Respected Member 268 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

It would be easier to tell the age of a post if the date were on it instead of 7y. For instance is 7m 7 minutes or 7 months? A date, perhaps with the time posted, would take care of the problem.

Just a thought. :)

9. Posted by Peter (Admin 6186 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

But a date would take up a lot more space in that area and create some unnecessary clutter.

There is not much excuse for dragging up an old thread actually. The standard reply form is not there when the thread is over a month old. Instead there is this warning:

"This thread is over a month old and though we don't recommend replying any more, it is still possible if you have something particularly awesome to add."

Not to mention that they would have had to dig back quite a few pages to find a 4 year old thread.

For people posting follow-up replies on the other hand, it's harder because the warning is not there. But then, there is at least one thread on the site that is 11 years old and is still active, so just because it was started a long time ago doesn't mean it's totally irrelevant.

Generally the people digging up old threads are spammers. In this case, almost certainly. I've removed Richard's post with a link in it as it is far too likely to be spam. Probably it would be better to report the entry than answer them when they do this kind of thing. Then I can just delete the response and the thread would sink back into relative obscurity. Now, our responses will keep the thread up high in the list.

10. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru 2552 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Peter

But then, there is at least one thread on the site that is 11 years old and is still active, so just because it was started a long time ago doesn't mean it's totally irrelevant.

I think a better way to handle it would be to simply make posts without a reply within 6 months inactive, period. Make them impossible to reply to under any circumstances.

Cheers,
Terry