Bank Holiday bargain flights to Australia — some go now & some good for Christmas!

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All the airlines seem to be celebrating the Bank Holiday weekend, and there are deals all over the place.

First up is a 5-day seat sale from the lovely people at Netflights, who have return flights to Sydney from £489! Er, that’s a very cheap airfare.

You can travel in May or June for this low price on Ethiad, or save your packing for now as they also have this price for flights in November (23rd—30th). If you’re thinking of travelling later in the year, this is very very cheap!! It’s very cheap for any time actually, but November is heading towards peak season.

It’s worth noting that you can also fly from Manchester to Sydney with Ethiad in May and June for just £10 more — £499

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Next up for flights to Australia leaving now: TravelBag are advertising flights with Qantas/BA to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for £495. Yes, that’s right — change from £500, and an Asia stopover allowed as well, I believe. I also imagine that you can ‘open-jaw’ too (fly into one Australian city, and out another) which is good for holiday planning (for no back-tracking).

Departures started Friday (22nd May), and are OK ’til 30th June. You have to book by 2nd June however, so you’ve a week or so to decide (and pack!). Bargain bargain bargain…

Also available from Netflights is an almost as cheap fare for Melbourne (also with Ethiad) for only £529 which is available for travel until 9th December (CHRISTMAS AUSTRALIA FLIGHT FOR £529… HELLO?!).

You’ve got a bit more time to think about this one as you have to book by the 30th June (but if you want dates in December, I would book right now!).

This is always my tip for getting away at Christmas to Australia for a low price — booking one of the last ‘cheap’ days in December, and coming back either between Christmas and New Year (usually easier on availability) or right after the New Year. Even when I last looked at flights in early December, the cheapest I could find cost over £100 more than this fare.

And don’t worry if Melbourne isn’t where you want to be exactly in Australia (although I’m a big fan of the city and Victoria), as you’ve got a great choice of cheap internal flights from here (see Virgin Blue for an idea)

And if you need any more bargains, or want to fly in other months to Australia here’s my favourite web page — you can see there are lots of flights for £500-odd at various times of the year available now (e.g. £509 to Perth with Malaysian in August, September and October).

Let me know when you’re booked!

5 Responses to “Bank Holiday bargain flights to Australia — some go now & some good for Christmas!”

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  3. lisa says:

    Hi Lucy, love your site, it’s very interesting. I’d like to travel to brisbane with my 12yr old daughter poss end of Dec09, for three weeks. Would any deals be available now and which/who should I look at? Any general bargain flight operators??
    Regards,
    Lisa Keen

  4. Lucy says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Well the short answer is that you’re very unlikely to find bargains in the run up to Christmas but if you can fly from Christmas Eve you may be able to get some ‘reasonable’ fares. A good place to look for comparisons is here http://www.travelmood.com/holidays/australia/flights/flights.asp on the Travelmood site as they spell out the different date ranges for different airlines. To book now your best option looks to be Cathay Pacific who have sub £1k fares in the £900s for ‘peak’ pre Christmas travel dates (11-23 December) and then this drops to fares in the £700s from 24th December onwards. Many other airlines will be charging much more than £1k for December so this is a good deal (for that time of year!).
    You are always advised to book as early as you can for flights in December (and returning in January) as the dates get very booked up.

    Cheers,
    Lucy

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