Holidays in Australia

Getting the best deal possible

Flights to Australia can seem prohibitively expensive, but with canny research it is possible to find more affordable flights to any destination in this beautiful country.

The cost of flights to Australia are as variable as to any other country, and there are certain pitfalls to be aware of before you commit yourself to what looks like the cheapest deal.

Firstly, beware of the hidden taxes in any unfeasibly cheap flight deal: you may end up paying a lot more than is advertised. It is always advisable to check the fine print in any of these deals - you may end up paying hundreds of pounds in tax and surcharges. For example if you pay by credit card, make sure you know what you are getting yourself into and the implications of your payment method.

Often it is the case that the cheaper your ticket is initially, the greater the chance of limited changeability for travel and you will stand very little chance of a refund should you be unable to make your journey. You may also have to change frequently in order to reach your destination and may even end up at a small airport miles from your intended destination.

The most important aspect to consider when attempting to get a cheap flight to Australia is to be flexible about when you want to travel. For example, you are much more likely to get a great deal if you are prepared to fly during unsociable hours. Flights such as these have their downsides however, including fewer entertainment options, limited food options and substantial baggage restrictions.

If you are prepared to give up these bonuses on such a long-haul trip, this could be the way to go for you. It is also worth bearing in mind that transport to the airport outside of sociable hours can be very expensive and will bring up your costs depending on the distance you have to travel to the airport.

Another method of bagging the best cheap flight deals to Australia is to sign up for email alerts from the airline you wish to fly with. If you have certain dates in mind, sign up as soon as you have decided and you will be offered last minute deals as part of the airlines desire to fill up the seats on their planes. This way you may not have to travel unsociable hours but will still get a great deal.

You will have to be decisive as such opportunities are few and far between with this method, but if you snap up the offer straight away and pay online (saving money on waiting in call centre queues) you can get some of the best deals going.

As a guide, Dialaflight.com offer cheap flights to Australia starting at £483 inclusive of tax from Heathrow to Perth.

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