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What times of year are the cheapest economy fares released to London from Melbourne? Family trip
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Member since 02 Jul 2011
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Generally not at all over school holiday period.
Sales come and go but generally you want to be booking 9-12 months out i suspect.
Member since 21 Apr 2012
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Cheap fares is primarily a functions of the outbound travel period.
Assuming by family trip you mean travelling with school going-age kids, then you're pretty much stuffed. Cheap fares are generally for travel during off-peak periods, which tend not to coincide with school holidays.
The best work around is to get a one-way (via redemption) out to London and travel out from London on a return fare during the UK off peak periods, which coincides with AU states school holiday periods. The return legs of such fares would typically allow travel during peak periods with any material change in cost.
Of course the main Christian holidays (Christmas and Easter) are out of the question given they coincide in both the UK and AU states.
The upside is that you'll always have a ticket out to London paid at a cheaper rate - even during peak AU periods. Downside is that you'll constantly having to plan ahead and if you dont intend to visit London regularly then this will not work for you.
...without any material change in cost...
Thanks very helpful.
What about paying and booking in one direction with one airline and returning with another?
Is that also a cheap option compare to return fares with the same airline?
Generally this is the most expensive way to travel. One-way fares are not just 50% of the cost of a return fare, well at least that is not the case with traditional airlines on international segments. One way-fare work out to be generally between 70% or more of the cost of a return fare, and in some cases it would be a lot more as only flexible booking classess are available, when booking one-way. So booking one airline on the way out and another airline on the return legs constitutes 2 one-way fares.
You have pretty much two options;
Not skipping school option:
Skipping school option
Personally I would go with skipping school option. It is fare less complicated.
Member since 14 Jan 2013
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Obviously, it depends on when you want to travel.
Do you want to go to the UK in the summer or winter? Does it have to be in school holidays? etc.......
Also can you be flexible on dates? 14th December will likely be cheaper than the 15th December for your outbound journey.
If it is a school holiday trip, then I would suggest booking as early as you can. In my experience, the flights only get more expensive. The airlines are too clever to put a sale on over these periods.
I tend to use the calendar function on goodle.com/flights to get an idea of the costs (in USD) but it gives you a good idea when it is cheaper to travel.
I travel every year to the UK and in economy I use the following as rule of thumb (per person):
< $1,500 - fantastic price
$1,500 - $1,750 - good price
$1,750 - $2,000 - average
> $2,000 - getting a little bit too expensive
It obviously also depends who you are happy flying. You can often get a better price on Royal Brunei or Vietnam.
Member since 09 Sep 2015
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I have travelled to Europe last year in May and it was fairly cheap. I DID take my kids out of school for the 2 weeks but they didn't miss much. It really depends on if your kids are in primary then I would go but not high school, also depends on how long the stay.
Hope this Helps!
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