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1. Posted by pikey (Budding Member 18 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hopefully planning a trip to Oz around Feb and had a feq q's - any help would be lovely.

Going to be doing it on the cheap so any ideas as to where I could get decent priced flights from London would be v.helpful. Might just go one-way as i'll be staying for a while and can hopefully raise some cash for the return flight home. Is it best to just go with Opodo/lastminute or am I likely to find anything much cheaper?

And, are there any rail passes for Australia if I want to travel around a bit?

May also make a trip to New Zealand, are the flights from, lets say Sydney, going to be much?

This is all on the cards at the moment so any help with regards to the above would be fantastic.

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey there, I can help with your question about flights between Oz and NZ. There's a couple of buget airlines (Freedom Air, Jetstar) that can usually be counted on for pretty good deals between the 2 countries. On sale airfares coast around $149 Brisbane-NZ(Auckland, Wellington, Chch), or $179 Sydney/Melbourne-NZ, one way. Keep these airlines in mind for when you come to that part of your trip anyway

3. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey Pikey,

Well I'm heading over on the 12th November & I booked my flights etc only a month ago, but if you want to keep it cheap here's what I booked...........

London > Hong Kong - Oasis Airlines - £180

Hong Kong > Singapore - Jetstar - £50

Singapore > Darwin - Tiger Airways - £60

Enjoy the UK winter ;)

4. Posted by Rena13 (Full Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey there Pikey,

I'd probably recommend getting around Australia by bus ie. Greyhound rather than by rail - cheaper and much more flexible with loads more destinations - especially if you plan to be travelling around for a while. Bus companies also do a variety of travel passes. Check out the following, it may give you some ideas.....

Hope this helps!!

Rena ;)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3913 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I would book your flight from the UK - Oz as soon as possible as the cheap tickets sell out quickly. I have never found Opodo or the cheapest - try trailfinders or sounds like leeds lad got a fantastic deal doing it separately though so this could be an option too.

also try and book your flight between oz and nz quickly as sydney to auckland is a popular route - i ended up paying $500 for mine as I only booked a few weeks in advance. try pacificblue/virginblue for this route too. you may find that some of the budget airlines are cheaper if you fly in and out of less popular destinations - i know you can get good deals with freedom air if you fly into hamilton (about an hour and a half drive from auckland) from somewhere like the gold coast rather than sydney.

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

Another cheap option for flying from London-Australia is:

Oasis Airlines from London Gatwick-Hong Kong, then a cheap and fairly quick ferry to Macau and then a Viva Macau flight from Macau-Sydney. This would cut it down to two flights and a ferry and would get you to the main place any visitor to Australia goes alternatively you could opt for the option leedslad82 said which would get you to a part of Australia that is pretty crappy in my opinion and then is quite costly to get to other more interesting regions. In South East Asia a new option that is also cheap to get from Asia-Australia is from Kuala Lumpur-Gold Coast on Air Asia. I only found out about that a couple of days ago and they are rather cheap if you book in advance.

Like others have already said Jetstar or Virgin Blue have the cheapest flights from Australia to New Zealand although that $179 for east coast may be a bit off because I looked when super cheap fares were on and taxes almost doubled the cost of the fare each way. Jetstar and Virgin Blue have all got big sales on at the moment (have been on for a week or so now) so it'd pay to check the website out of them. Qantas also has a big special on but flights are usually more on Qantas and also the creditcard fee they charge are just recently spiralled out of control to rediculous levels.

Have a great trip.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 26, 2007, at 1:33 AM by aharrold45 ]