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LHR - BNE Best Options?  
User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 313 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3390 times:

Hey fellas, and ladies, if by some miracle there is a lady resident at A.Net.

I need to head over to Brisbane at the end of April, then coming back mid-late May.

Having searched the comparison sites like Kayak and SkyScanner, i've found that it comes down to choosing between paying a couple of hundred quid less, or spending an inordinate amount of time at a stop-over airport.

China Southern are currently the lowest fair, at £661, for LHR-CAN-BNE and return. The problem is, the outbound flight is fine, only having a 3 hour and 40 minute layover, but the return flight has a 16 hour layover. The other option with China Southern, is the same outbound, but flying BNE-CAN-AMS-LHR on the return, with only a 6 hour stop at CAN. This option is over £100 more expensive though.

The price then shoots to over £800 for the likes of EY on the LHR-AUH-SIN-BNE route, or BA with their LHR-HKG-BNE and LHR-SIN-BNE option. Both with 3-6 hour stopovers. Then the likes of EK/QF offer LHR-DXB-MEL-BNE for over £850, with the only LHR-DXB-BNE option over £1000.

Any ideas which to plump for? CZ is by far the cheapest, but from what it looks like their IFE is poor, and there is a 16 hour wait at CAN. I'd like to try BA's 77W to HKG, but i don't want to try their 744 back from SIN.

What would you do?

Cheers

Alex.

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User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3355 times:

Nobody? Any thoughts are appreciated.

User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3339 times:

China Southern may be cheap, but you will get what you pay for with them.

Another suggestion with minimal stop over is Malaysia Airlines. a380 on long hauls and service is always good.

Not sure on price at such short notice.


User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3334 times:

The waiting time between LHR-KUL and KUL-BNE with MH is 16 hours also, only 4 on the return. They're about BA prices too.

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6457 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3328 times:

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 3):
The waiting time between LHR-KUL and KUL-BNE with MH is 16 hours also, only 4 on the return. They're about BA prices too.

I don't know what you're looking at but I can find one with a 2 hour layover in KUL on the way to BNE. MH3 to MH135. 4hr 20 on the return.



It's all about the destination AND the journey.
User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3312 times:

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 3):
The waiting time between LHR-KUL and KUL-BNE with MH is 16 hours also, only 4 on the return. They're about BA prices too.

Like NZ107 said, there are days when you can get a short layover. But even with a 16 hour layover, KL has a great transit hotel, and a great airport hotel as well. Spend a day in KL.

Mind you it seems you were looking for a cheaper option, so adding hotel bills probably wont help.


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3254 times:

Hi Alex,

Are you restricted to some dates ? Might be helpful to add your (desired) travel dates so we can look for fares  



Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3221 times:

Quoting airtrainer (Reply 6):
Hi Alex,

Are you restricted to some dates ? Might be helpful to add your (desired) travel dates so we can look for fares  

Hey,

Ideally, it'd be departing between the 15th and the 30th of April. I've decided i'm going to fly one way, then book the return flight when i'm out there, as i will probably be moving around Aus, so the return might be from somewhere other than BNE.

Cheers buddy


User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3206 times:

Booking two one-way tickets might be expensive, especially if you book on a short notice... Alternative would be booking a return trip and add an one-way domestic flight to go back to your port of entry.
Enjoy your trip  



Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3190 times:

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 7):
as i will probably be moving around Aus, so the return might be from somewhere other than BNE.

As airtrainer mentioned, two one ways will be expensive, particularly leaving Australia. Malaysian do sometimes offer a reasonable one way fares, but I would agree with their suggestion of the one way domestic. They can be cheap, and may save you hundreds of dollars.


User currently offlineicanfly From Australia, joined Aug 2011, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3178 times:

Personally I would fly LHR-LAX-BNE or LHR-DFW-BNE on BA/QF with a layover in LAX or DFW.


United: please start SYD-IAH!
User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5828 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3174 times:

Quoting baldwin471 (Reply 7):
as i will probably be moving around Aus, so the return might be from somewhere other than BNE.

You can also book an "open jaw" ticket, but of course you would have to decide in advance on where you will leave Australia. SOMETIMES open jaws are actually cheaper than returns (at least between Australia & Europe).

Gemuser



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User currently offlinegemuser From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 5828 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3173 times:

Quoting baldwin471 (Thread starter):
What would you do?

Another point, look at UA via SFO/LAX OR BOTH. I found a SYD-LHR fare SYD-SFO-LHR-SFO-LAX-SYD for just over $A1500 , it was for late August admittedly. BUT the fare was cheaper with a couple of days stop over than without.

Gemuser



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User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

CX, SQ, QF, MH are the only ones I would fly. It may be more money but its a hell of a long flight and worth the extra $


Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlinebaldwin471 From UK - England, joined Mar 2012, 313 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3084 times:

Quoting jetfuel (Reply 13):
CX, SQ, QF, MH are the only ones I would fly. It may be more money but its a hell of a long flight and worth the extra $

Yeah i think i'm going to go for MH. Chance to check out the 380, and a pretty short connection too. Cheers everyone.


User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3033 times:

I would strongly recommend getting the cheapest possible flights LHR-SIN-LHR and then look at Scoot from there to OOL, Gold Coast? I flew them last month and they were absolultely fine, and their fares are great.

Gold Coast Airport was about 1hr from Brisbane.



Next Up: Back to the US - Charlotte & Kansas City
User currently offlinejetfuel From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 2254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 8 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 15):
I would strongly recommend getting the cheapest possible flights LHR-SIN-LHR and then look at Scoot from there to OOL, Gold Coast? I flew them last month and they were absolultely fine, and their fares are great.

NO. Scoot does cancel flights and if you miss the connection in SIN you are in huge trouble



Where's the passion gone out of the airline industry? The smell of jetfuel and the romance of taking a flight....
User currently offlineTS-IOR From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3492 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

I would have chosen China Southern for cheaper fares, and (to me) the trying of a new airline, especially an Asian one... then check how to enjoy a-16-hour-layover at CAN   then we owe you a trip report :-P

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