Buy flights before or as you go?

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1. Posted by Philuk (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I have decided to fly to Beijing at the end of March, then to travel by land to singapore, and then to Oz to work for a year. Then from there I am not sure yet.

I was just wondering would it be best to buy flights before I go or to take it as it comes and buy my flights as I travel as this would give me total flexibility.

Also would this work out cheaper? or around the same price?

Any advise and tips would be great.


2. Posted by Kelpfarm (Budding Member 5 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't think there's many secrets here. Of course if you buy 'round trip tickets from one airline, or even several different flights at once, you will pay a little less for your flights due to the gauranteed buisness you're giving the carrier.

However, I don't think many travellers here would enjoy locking in any kind of schedule after choosing the date to leave. Personally, I would book the first flight and see where my travels went from there. Who knows what's waiting for you in Beijing?

3. Posted by Philuk (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Kelpfarm,

Think I will do that then as I am always changing my mind about what I want to see and do I think it would be a bit silly to plan to far ahead.

Take Care

4. Posted by kathysmile (Budding Member 27 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Just come across the thread. Thank you for your post,I am just thinking about this question... But I think if you book the flight before months , you can get discount that will help you a lot for the budget when travelling~~~ But time is really also a barrier , cos we don't know when will finish our plan on that place...

Woo....thing is just so complicate....
Can any one give a better suggestion?...?
I think if thing like ,I book a ticket and I can change into another flight with the same price when I meet some change in the schedule.That would be cool~~~~~so cool~~~~~