EI747SYDNEY From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 704 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2929 times:
Well I'm back to Ireland in March for a long deserved trip home to the emerald isle. I'v gotten a couple of prices for flights but I dont wanna miss something good. Has anyone any ideas on good prices/routes, both economy and business? maybe past experiences. I'm off on 28th Feb and return to Sydney on the 17th March.
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Vref5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2878 times:
Quoting EI747SYDNEY (Thread starter): Well I'm back to Ireland in March for a long deserved trip home to the emerald isle. I'v gotten a couple of prices for flights but I dont wanna miss something good. Has anyone any ideas on good prices/routes, both economy and business? maybe past experiences. I'm off on 28th Feb and return to Sydney on the 17th March.
Hmm... a 28 Feb departure should be excellent as that is mid-week, but with your return, you're getting closer to weekend territory which can be less than fun for longhaul flights. Still, the longest segment will depart on Thursday 15 March so it may not be a big deal with load factors in economy if you sit there.
Do you build up frequent flier/flyer miles with any particular airline? If not, that's one less thing to be concerned with. If you regularly fly places from Oz, you probably do want to leverage FF membership due to how you can really build some miles with this kind of flight.
It would probably go roughly like this:
DUB-LHR hop on Thursday 15 March
Change planes at LHR, board a longhaul jet like the 747, 777, A340
Fly to BKK, SIN, KUL, or HKG
Freshen up a bit somewhere at the airport
Change planes again
Fly to SYD
Where you want your stop to be will depend on if you've got a particular preference for one of these airports and want to revisit, or if you're adventurous and would like to visit a 'new' airport you haven't been to yet.
QF occasionally operates a special flight with quick access to a golf course at BKK as an unexpected perk. All kidding aside, they're pretty good airports with extensive experience in dealing with transit passengers as a major gateway between Oz and UK/Europe. No slam on QF, either.
I hear most rave reviews about SIN and HKG, though.
I think it's somewhere in the neighbourhood of approx UKP 4500 / AUD $11000 / USD $8500 for business, for a return (round trip) ticket. Economy is about a third of that price.
Better deals can be had if you're willing to fly with one of the smaller international airlines and if you're willing to do it as a two stop flight between LHR-SYD; first stop after LHR would be somewhere in Europe or the Middle East and second stop would be in SE Asia. For instance, with GF (Gulf Air).
Australia1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2812 times:
Call a tour wholesaler who can usually do a cheaper fare if you make a small purchase on ground content (something like AUD$300 on virtually anything that can be booked from this end, which you'll probably need anyway & cheaper to book BEFORE you depart), which often works out cheaper than straight airfare on same airline same flights.
This is still in ski season, so try any of the ski wholesalers (don't call a general travel agent, as they will just call the wholesaler, which slows communication), as they usually have fares with a number of major carriers, not only to ski destinations, but all the destinations, those carriers fly to.