My wife and I are planning a 3 weeks trip to Australia in March 2005. We are traveling from New York to Sydney (or Melbourne) and plan to fly within Australia to two or three destinations. We heard about the “QANTAS AIRPASS FROM $999" but from NY in March it’s about 1,800 per person for flights between Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns etc.
We can get tickets to Sydney and back for about US $1,000 per person
Is there another airline that will compete with Qantas (cheaper)?
Is there another airline that does have a Airpass in Australia
Any suggestions to reduce the travel costs?
Thank you for helping.
virgin blue is an australian no frills airline so they are definitely worth looking into as they are often much cheaper than qantas. there is also jetstar which operates mainly on the east coast, and is the no frills part of qantas. both are well worth looking into but i am not sure if they do an airpass.
To get the best air fare of the day in Australia and times.
The prices for jetstar you have to add taxs too and you have to be at the airport to get seating 1 hour before departing to get seats or you miss out and they fly out of Avolon air port on some of there flights in Melbourne.
I am in sydney right know, but I have some friends in Boston that want to come down in March. Where are you getting plane tickets for $1000. It is a really good price.
I have seen some specials here at the travel agencies. $69 one way to Melbourn. I think 89 to 119 one way to Cairns. I don't know what airlines but that seems like the general price.
I am using a site called Mobissimo http://travel.mobissimo.com/travel/search_airfare.php
as well as sidestep.com.
The lowest fare from New York to Sydney as of today, for March is: USD $ 1027.28.
I got a flight through JetStar from Melbourne to Hobart for A$89. I was chuffed with the price, however, a couple of months later they sent me an e-mail to say they had moved me to a different flight (three hours earlier). Luckily I had allowed six hours to connect with my RTW ticket, so I'm still okay, but if I had the choice again I would go through Virgin Blue rather than JetStar.
Or it would probably be better still to allow a couple of days in the cities of arrival/departure, before flying internally.