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Old Jan 26th 2005, 4:59 pm
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has anyone got any recommendations as to which company to book with, or did you book direct with the airline ???

we are flying in to perth


any help most welcome


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Old Jan 26th 2005, 5:16 pm
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We used www.travelbag.co.uk, very helpful and good prices too, I rang them to sort everything out.

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www.austravel.com always seem to have the best prices.

Actually on the subject of flights, I could do with a bit of advice.
I'm new on here by the way so bare with me!

I'm coming out on a working holiday visa in July but don't really know how long I will be staying for. Is it possible to book reasonably cheap flights with an open return, or that allows you to change your return date for no/little extra cost?

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Originally Posted by DianneH68
www.austravel.com always seem to have the best prices.

Actually on the subject of flights, I could do with a bit of advice.
I'm new on here by the way so bare with me!

I'm coming out on a working holiday visa in July but don't really know how long I will be staying for. Is it possible to book reasonably cheap flights with an open return, or that allows you to change your return date for no/little extra cost?

Thanks,
Dianne
hi - i flew with britannia - they do a special charter fare when i camre out for a holiday £499 i think it was - although it was quite a long time ago - but that one i know you could change without any cost - not sure if that is the case now


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ps - does anyone know what restricted economy is???
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Hiya,

Going back a few years when I was doing the backpacking thing round Oz (in my dim and distant youth), when I booked my flight you had to give a return date, but you could change it at no cost (very useful when I finally ran out of money, credit, goodwill of my mum to send me more etc. and had to come back early).

I got my tickets through Travelbag and they were really good at sorting all this kinda stuff out.

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Originally Posted by DianneH68
www.austravel.com always seem to have the best prices.

Actually on the subject of flights, I could do with a bit of advice.
I'm new on here by the way so bare with me!

I'm coming out on a working holiday visa in July but don't really know how long I will be staying for. Is it possible to book reasonably cheap flights with an open return, or that allows you to change your return date for no/little extra cost?

Thanks,
Dianne
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Try www.airline-network.co.uk

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We used Travelbag for a holiday here 18 months ago and then we used Trailfinders to migrate here in September last year. With apologies to Swifts, Trailfinders wins, hands down.
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has anyone got any recommendations as to which company to book with, or did you book direct with the airline ???
I've always found Thomas Cook do a good deal. Online at least, mebbe not so much on the high street.
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Originally Posted by pootle26
has anyone got any recommendations as to which company to book with, or did you book direct with the airline ???

we are flying in to perth


any help most welcome


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I don't know about the other airlines' websites, but I enquired about the price of a single fare to Adelaide with BA on their website a while ago and it quoted over £2500 in economy

The internet sites mentioned above seem best but I would be interested to know if anyone has asked a travel agent for a quote to see if they get any discounts.
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I don't know about the other airlines' websites, but I enquired about the price of a single fare to Adelaide with BA on their website a while ago and it quoted over £2500 in economy
Try again now.... they've updated their website so you can say 'Economy lowest', and then choose your dates but use the +-14 days option. Then the results show you all the flights on different dates, and the prices for each leg. It will show you different prices depending on the day you choose. Quite often you can get it as low as £282 per leg, so £564 return. A lot better than £2500 And still a lot cheaper than Sing or Qantas when I compared to their sites when shopping for flights.
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Try again now.... they've updated their website so you can say 'Economy lowest', and then choose your dates but use the +-14 days option. Then the results show you all the flights on different dates, and the prices for each leg. It will show you different prices depending on the day you choose. Quite often you can get it as low as £282 per leg, so £564 return. A lot better than £2500 And still a lot cheaper than Sing or Qantas when I compared to their sites when shopping for flights.
Does anyone know what the baggage allowance is for emigrants on BA flights? Do you get anything over the standard 20kg per person? And can you have stop-overs?
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Originally Posted by pootle26
has anyone got any recommendations as to which company to book with, or did you book direct with the airline ???

we are flying in to perth


any help most welcome


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We booked our Sydney flights through http://www.leestravel.co.uk; they always seem to have some pretty good deals.
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Best travel agent? We've used Quest, Travelbag, Airline Network and Traifinders among others. The best we've used is Quest. Travelbag has gone downhill after being taken over (eBookers) in my opinion. It was much better in the past (when a couple of Aussies owned it). Austravel, Airline Network and Trailfinders I've found to be more expensive on 'like for like' flights, particularly Trailfinders who seem to inflate their prices to give you 'free' vouchers, which in our case we can't use because we don't need accommodation or car hire. I would say that it is a bit 'pot luck' because it really depends on which agent you get and not which travel agent you use.

Best airlines? There are lots of very good ones and I would include Emirates, Singapore, Cathay Pacific and Lauda in this (purely from my experience). There are lots of 'so so' airlines and I would include BA and Qantas in this category. Now, if you could have Lauda food on Emirates flights with 'Singapore girl' hostesses! In truth there isn't a great deal of difference between the very good ones.

Extra baggage allowance for migrants you have to ensure this is arranged before you get to the airport and you have it in writing. I know Singapore have the extra allowance and no doubt others do.

I bet 'Poll' will come in on Emirates.

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