Skip Navigation

To Book airfare in advance or not to book in advance (SydMel

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific To Book airfare in advance or not to book in advance (SydMel

1. Posted by pbecker (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I need to go to Melbourne from Sydney for one day on Nov 19, Friday. I am
now in the US and want to know should I book online here or will I be ab
le to get a good deal if I wait until I get to Australia (11/9)? thanks for your

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Don't wait until you get here because prices are only likely to be very expensive. Jetstar or Virgin Blue have the cheapest prices and they never become cheaper closer to the departure date. Normally what would cost $69 if you purchased 6 months in advance will cost you between $199 and $229 if you leave it until a week or so before departure.

Book your flights ASAP as the cheapest you are going to get is $99.00AUD one way with Jetstar and that is if that fare is still available when you book other than that you'd have to check Virgin Blue out and for the date you have given the cheapest is $115AUD one way.

3. Posted by pinkgirlie (Full Member 121 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It's coming into the tourist time of year again over there now winter's over so the flights might start going a bit quicker. When I was there a few months ago we were booking our flights no more than 2 days in advance as we only knew where we wanted to be then. It was averaging about $119 each. We flew Virgin Blue and Jetstar. Jetstar tended to be cheaper for our flights - Perth to Adelaide and Sydney to Brisbane. I can't remember the website we used, but there was a good one with a red banner that compared the prices and it was really helpful. If you find a good price now and definately want that flight I'd take it. Cancellations come up closer to the time but they're not guaranteed. Also if you book the cheap saver you can't exchange it and there's a canellation fee, so you need to be definate about the date before you book.