Happy New Year & the Australia airfare sales have started

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2010 bargain flights to Australia now available…

Now don’t get too excited — there are not the deals around that we saw in 2009 (like this for under £500 and this for under £400). BUT there are some good fares for sale, so if you’re planning a trip Down Under this year it’s worth taking a look.

So what’s available?

Cheapest 2010 flights to Australia I’ve seen so far in the ‘January sales’ is Royal Brunei — on the Travelmood website they are advertising return Australia price for under £600.

  • With return flights to Perth for only £575 (departures 28th May—11th June) this is the cheapest way I’ve seen for a while of getting Down Under.
  • Royal Brunei also have return economy flights to Brisbane for £599, departures from 5th april through to 30th June.

The only other sub-£600 fares I’ve spotted are with Emirates, and then it’s only that cheap for flights to Perth. Gatwick departures are £582 and Heathrow £592 economy return to Western Australia for departures 20th April—30th June.

  • You can also fly to Sydney with Emirates for £668 (from Gatwick — £678 from Heathrow). Brisbane is £680 from Heathrow but only £670 from Gatwick. To Melbourne with Emirates its £657 from  Gatwick, Heathrow £10 more at £667.
  • With Emirates you can also fly from Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and Manchester to Australia and the fares are all within a few £ of the London fares (or the same). In fact from Glasgow it’s the cheapest place in the UK to depart with Emirates to fly to Australia with a return to Perth just £579.

BA has a January sale on (book by 26th January to get these fares) — it’s a £1 more than Qantas but you do get to fly from Terminal 5 Heathrow (if that’s a selling point for you!). Sydney is £669 return in economy for travel 26th April to 20th June.

A very good deal BA is also offering though is a return economy flight to Sydney and 7 days of car hire for £779 which is a pretty good deal to get car hire for only £110 for a week (under £16 a day, to save you getting your calculator out!). Not sure what the ‘conditions’ are on the car hire, as it’s always very important to check the small print (especially with regards to insurance cover) but my advice there is to take out a ‘car hire excess policy’ with a company like — Insurance4carhire.com

Did you miss this offer? Sign-up for my email announcements...Qantas: has lots of Down Under flight specials from the nation’s own airline for departures in April, May and June 2010 (traditionally the cheapest time of the year to travel Australia). Departures between 16th April to 20th June are the dates these low fares area available:

Qantas return economy flights to Australia:

  • Perth – £613
  • Melbourne – £659
  • Darwin – £664
  • Adelaide – £667
  • Cairns – £668
  • Sydney – £668
  • Brisbane – £671

Cathay Pacific Australia flight sale not quite as cheap as BA and Qantas, but arguably a more comfortable airline to travel with (remember its a long way to Australia in economy!). They have fancy new ‘shell seats’ that let you recline in your own space (no dinner in your face if the person in front of you reclines at the wrong time), and what looks like very good in-flight entertainment system (don’t underestimate how important that is either!). See the fancy virtual tour here.

You’ve got ’til 16th Februray to book the Cathay sale fares to Australia (so a bit more time to decide), and you can travel earlier too – from 6th April through to 15th June.

Here’s the economy return sale fares for Cathay to Australia:

  • Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth – £689
  • Brisbane, Cairns & Sydney – £699

Hong Kong airport is lovely and modern, so a pleasure to stop in en-route, and if you want a few days to explore a place Hong Kong has lots to offer as a stopover destination

And if it’s a complete holiday you’re after to Australia, then this offer from Travelmood is good value for flights and 10 nights accommodation (5 nights in Sydney and 5 in Cairns) at only £899. It’s for travel April 2010. Travelmood also have a Melbourne (3 nights and Great Ocean Road self drive (4 nights) holiday for £995 for May departures.

Mind you, if you are thinking about a holiday to Australia, with a £600 fare it’s entirely possible to spend your additional £300—£400 per person wisely on some affordable accommodation and a low price internal flight from Virgin Blue or Qantas and do yourself a nice DIY a holiday for that price.

Let me know if you book one of these bargains! And I’ll ‘keep ’em peeled’ for more cheap Australia flights in the meantime.

3 Responses to “Happy New Year & the Australia airfare sales have started”

  1. Nice round-up. Virgin Atlantic have also got a London to Sydney sale on (http://www.australiaflightbargains.com/virgin-atlantic-flight-sale-2010-london-to-sydney-for-669-economy-1148-premium-economy/) at the moment. Again, not the astonishing Singapore Airlines prices of last year, but still pretty good.

    Also, Australian budget airlines Virgin Blue and Tiger Airways currently have domestic flight sales on with some very low prices – much better value than booking a packaged in holiday, I’d say.

  2. Lucy says:

    Thanks for letting us know another bargain flight David – really good to have another choice (especially as Virgin are good airline to fly with). Still not the low prices we saw last year which is a shame… but there’s time yet for those to be released (what I’m hoping for!).

  3. […] value – there are only a couple of other sub £600 flights on offer at the moment – see here for my round up of January sales Aussie flight bargains. This 6-day seat sale trumps the Cathay Pacific offers I mentioned […]

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