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Advice on when to buy airline tickets

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Advice on when to buy airline tickets

1. Posted by Goska268 (Inactive 53 posts) 7y

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) 7y

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) 7y

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) 7y

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.