Often, discounted airfares are not advertised more than 12 months in advance (or are you taling about "Summer down under" = European winter ?)..
Try to find fares for 2007 and then compare to offers for 2008. Then you will have an indication, how low prices may get.
Flying from Germany, you can get a good overview on www.skyways.de - they will show prices and conditions (there you will find information about stopovers), even if the flight has no vacancies left. But as I said, it is good for prices.
If you cannot book on the Internet, go to a Travel Agent specialized in air Travel to Asia. www.travel-overland.de has been a good source for me, too.
Unless considerably cheaper, try to avoid connecting at LHR (or CDG).
Some Arabian carriers often have good fares (especially from FRA), but check stopover-options in Asia (unless you want to stop-over in Dubai).
Do you want to arrive and depart in SYD, or so you want to fork between SYD and say BNE, MEL, CNS, ... ? To be considered ...
Check also Taiwanese carriers EVA and China Airlines - they offer good stops in TPE (gives you the chance for a sidetrip to nearby HKG).
SIN vs. HKG : When going in European summer, HKG will be in the beginning of the typhoon season; Singapore has stable weather all year 'round.
Japan: Is a bit off-way from the usual flight route (= may result in higher fares). Plus hotel costs are likely to be higher in Japan than in Singapore and Hong Kong. To be checked and considered ?
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
LoungeLover From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5067 times:
this is what I am looking to do at the very minute, but around Christmas time 2007.
There are so many options open to you and the extended landing rights will open so many more, particularly EK and QR.
You should wait another couple of months to see what these guys are going to offer.
Other than that, shop online. I like kayak.co.uk which gives you a lot of options. The websites of the airlines themselves often offer lower prices than expedia, etc. just because they obviously don't take a commission on the transaction.
QF will most likely throw in a couple of domestic flights when you book from Germany.
MH will probably throw in a free stopover in KUL. Same for SQ in SIN.
BA won't give you anything and sometimes won't let you stopover in BKK or SIN. That can be difficult to negotiate on ba.com with their reservation system, so sometimes giving them a call is easier, just to see what your options might.
Taking your tickets over a year in advance is a luxury and will give you loads of time to figure a good combination out. And don't forget that summer in Europe is Winter in Australia so ticket prices will be much much lower because of that anyway.
Viel Spass beim Suchen and let us know how you get on.