Advice - Open Return Flights

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1. Posted by Classychic (Inactive 5 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I will be flying out to OZ in July for 6 to 12 months - I need a open return flight as I have no idea whether I wish to stay the duration

Any one got any airlines that offer great deals

Sam xx

2. Posted by hmeister (Budding Member 24 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

All the airlines I know of will not give you an open return flight.
To tell you honestly, the cheapest crowd I found to fly from Dublin to Sydney were Cathay Pacific. They have a certain % of seats avaialble at a good discount price. The catch is however, you must know your return dates and fly via Hong Kong on both legs from Heathrow. This doesn't give you much flexibility. They do however charge about €100 or more, £70 Stg approx for changing dates. If you book with Qantas, it may cost you a little more in the beginning, but Trailfinders told me that you can change return dates from as little as $15AUS over the Internet or $AUS if you call into a Qantas shop in Australia. Plus they fly to far more places than Cathay Pacific.

Hope this helps,,!

3. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


sorry this is a vague answer but you're best bet is to shop around as different airlines will have different 'specials' on at different times. I think with most airlines you can buy an open return and at the time you buy the ticket you have a return date set. Obviously it is unlikely that will be the date you fly back and here is where you will probably have to look out for different terms on your fare. Sometimes you can change it once for free, and then they will charge every time after that. Sometimes there is a set fee every time you change the date. That is what i was told the only time i brought one. Somewhere like Sta travel, Travelbag, Flight Centre or Trailfinders will be able to explain exactly what is on offer.

Hope this vagueness and crappy answer is helpful.

4. Posted by hmeister (Budding Member 24 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


My reply is probably as vague as yours but there must be a whole encloypedia concerning this subject!! I meant to say in my last post that you can change a return ticket in a Qantas shop in Oz for about $25 AUS. I forgot to put that in my last reply. As far as I know if you buy a multiple ticket or a RTW ticket, you are indeed allowed one or two free changes on the ticket. I was told by Trailfinders that in order to guarantee the rtn fare you at least had to give a provisional rtn date. They said that it all other tour operators will give you the same story.

Could ask all the TP members who've been to Oz, Who has got the best deal or cheapest rtn fare to Oz from the UK or Ireland.

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, i agree. There are so many variations of tickets and terms and conditions applied to them that it is definitely better to chat to the experts who sell you them and choose the one that best suits your travel plans and your budget.

6. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Respected Member 550 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Like most people have already said your best bet is to buy a ticket with a set return date and then just change it once you're out there.

I would just add though, that it tends to be cheaper (or sometimes even free) to make any changes through the airline rather than through the travel agency. The first time I went to Oz I extended my ticket by a month through STA Travel and paid fifty dollars. Then last year on a RTW I extended my time in Singapore by going directly to Singapore Airlines and it was free.