Tired of the winter blues and longing for some warm summer sunshine? If it feels like there’s no escape you might just consider turning your globe upside-down and heading off to Oz.
And flights to Australia can be very reasonable too depending on exactly where you want to go, when you want to go and whether you want to fly direct. It used to be that there wasn’t much choice when flying direct other than perhaps a flight to Sydney or a flight to Melbourne if you were very lucky. These days, however, if you are flexible with flight times and have no preferred airline, there are any number of choices including Adelaide flights, Brisbane flights and even direct flights to Cairns. This is very much a mature travel market – perhaps it may be going a bit far to say it’s like “getting the bus to the shops” but Australia have very much become open and accessible to most people.
And remember, whether you are looking for a cheap flight to Perth, a business class ticket to Adelaide, tickets to Sydney for a family wedding or a first class ticket to Brisbane, the things you need to consider are very much the same.
For example, if price is your main concern, then there may be a number of choices available involving widely varying flight times and routes. These days, Sydney flights route via Los Angeles, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Singapore and a whole host of other stop-offs en route. The key is to be flexible and shop around so that you know that your cheap flight to Cairns or your cheap tickets to Perth are exactly what they say they are – cheap.
Class of travel is of course almost always the single biggest factor influencing the cost. Although you will find deals in the market for cheap Business Class tickets to Melbourne or an Adelaide flight ticket in First Class, you have to remember that these are called “premium cabins” for a reason. It has to be said that your best bet to get that genuinely “cheap” flight to Australia is to go in economy, not worry about what time you leave or arrive or where you may have to transit through.
The biggest trick though is to plan ahead. When booking your flight to Brisbane or your Melbourne cheap flights, think about when you want to be there and when you need to be there. Seasonality is crucial. For example if you need a ticket to Perth for the Christmas holidays but don’t mind flying Christmas Day itself, the cost will be considerably cheaper. Likewise if you have said that you will buy tickets to Australia to visit the relatives “next year”, remember that fares during our summer (Australian winter) will be considerably cheaper. The same can even apply for example when booking a business class ticket to Sydney. The key is to look at different dates and check with you agent when booking to make …