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    • Tlc11
    • By Tlc11 12th Jan 19, 1:09 PM
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    London to Perth flights - best time to book?
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    • 12th Jan 19, 1:09 PM
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    London to Perth flights - best time to book? 12th Jan 19 at 1:09 PM
    Hello, looking for some advice please. I would like to book 2 adults, 13 year old, 5 year old and 1 year old flights from London to Perth. Dates are December (18/19 or 20) to January 4/5. Some airlines have released prices already, it's showing as 4k with 2 stops or 6k direct.

    We have never been before so I don't know what is good in terms of prices or when the best time to book is. Skyscanner website seems to suggest September booking is best price wise but I'm not sure I want to leave it that long as we need to book accomodation too.

    So basically my questions are, what would be a good price to pay for the above, and how far in advance should I book for the best deal?

    Also interested to hear from anyone who has flown the direct route and if it is a better option with small children

    Thank you!
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 13th Jan 19, 4:14 PM
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    Astonishingly (to me) on my next flight, Singapore Airlines have given us 2 x 20kg luggage allowance for each person and we're on Economy Lite !
    Originally posted by Murphy_The_Cat
    We have had that when travelling to the US.

    I'm booking a year in advance so I'm thinking Lite is a bit of a risk.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 14th Jan 19, 10:51 AM
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    OP Note that, from experience, the flights from Perth just after New Year tend to be very popular and the planes are full to capacity. I've just booked from Perth to Singapore on the 3rd of January and there were a fair few seats already booked despite the flight only having been available a few hours. If you want a bulkhead seat with provision for a bassinet, it might be best to book sooner rather than later.

    Also, booking through Topcashback or Quidco will give you 2% back with Singapore. Not to be sniffed at if you are buying four or five tickets.

    Edit: It appears that the cashback is based the on the total cost before taxes.
    Last edited by Gloomendoom; 14-01-2019 at 11:37 AM.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • tgon
    • By tgon 14th Jan 19, 11:27 AM
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    Interestingly, MSE suggest Momodo to check the best/cheapest time to fly. It quotes London to Melbourne best in May and November and to book 60 days in advance but to take it with a pinch of salt.(Not very helpful MSE!)

    Anyway, I'm also looking to fly to Australia late this year. I've no interest in non-stop to Perth as I look forward to a walk and a refresh for a few hours halfway. I am a fan of Singapore Airlines and having flown to Oz many times, I put them at the top of my list if I can. The Lite and Flexi options mean little to me as I'd take separate travel insurance to cover mis-eventualities and I dont travel that much to be interested in air miles. I'd love to be able to afford Business or even Premium Economy but the price hike from standard economy is out of my reach. (The airlines make their largest profit from Business people who dont pay for the trip personally or the financially fortunate in First.)

    When to book is still an unknown as the "sales" seem quite hit and miss. Remember, available or remaining seats are at that price point in time and dosent always mean that the flight is nearly full - a not-very-clever sales tactic! Also, I always use comparison sites to do the grunt work on fares and schedules but always book direct with the airline. I think I'll book when my other arrangements are firmed up, just as the OP says. The flight is just one part of the holiday. But the previous poster is correct, the peak season of Christmas/New Year is best to book early.
    Last edited by tgon; 14-01-2019 at 11:33 AM.
    • Tlc11
    • By Tlc11 14th Jan 19, 3:19 PM
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    Thank you everyone for your very helpful replies. I am leaning towards Singapore at the moment but would quite like to see what Emirates and Ethiad offer. I will have a look tonight at other European airports and see if there is a considerable difference in price. It would need to be a considerable saving to try it out with small children on an already very long flight though...

    The basinette would be a good idea for him to sleep in during the flight but he is too active to stay in it for any period of time. It might mean we get bulkhead seats though which are always good for travelling with children (in my experience anyway!)

    Unfortunately we will be entering the cabin and turning right! So comfort and space in economy is a big consideration!
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 14th Jan 19, 3:58 PM
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    One benefit of the Middle Eastern airlines is that the two legs of the journey are more equally spaced. More 50:50 than 75:25.
    “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” - Mark Twain
    • tgon
    • By tgon 14th Jan 19, 5:00 PM
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    One benefit of the Middle Eastern airlines is that the two legs of the journey are more equally spaced. More 50:50 than 75:25.
    Originally posted by Gloomendoom
    Good point.
    • ibizafan
    • By ibizafan 14th Jan 19, 5:41 PM
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    I travel to Brisbane every year to see family and always book the flights a long time ahead. This year I am going in April and this includes Easter. I booked Business Saver fares and those same dates are now over £800 more with all the Business Saver tickets gone for my dates. To be fair, however, I like to go from Birmingham, so am not very flexible, and I always go with Emirates. I have flown with Singapore from Heathrow once but prefer Emirates now. My eldest son, who lives in London is travelling during the same time period and hasn’t booked his ticket yet, but always seems to find some sort of deal. He has far more airlines to choose from though.
    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 15th Jan 19, 10:20 AM
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    I will have a look tonight at other European airports and see if there is a considerable difference in price. It would need to be a considerable saving to try it out with small children on an already very long flight though...
    !
    Originally posted by Tlc11

    Happy hunting, are you ready to put your head into the shed, working out all of the positioning permutations - the savings can be substantial, but they do come at the cost of time and a (manageable) level of risk.
    My children see it as part of the adventure/holiday, that they now go a day earlier than usual, get a bonus flight (or 2) and visit an additional country.



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