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    Scoot Airlines

    They're following in the footsteps of Air New Zealand who offer 3 fare packages-'Seat' ,Seat +Bag and 'The Works' which makes it sound like you get a pizza included.lol. Anyway I'm going to give them a try-for $88 I don't care,I'll pack ham rolls and mineral water and take a few magazines. Cheers Nigel That's if I ever get to book-their website has been down for a few hours ,probably been snowed under with people wanting to be on the first flight!
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    Scoot Airlines

    No,Gold Coast and Sydney to Singapore,Starting June 26. http://www.ausbt.com.au/new-scoot-airline-to-launch-sydney-singapore-flights-on-june-26
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    Scoot Airlines

    More at http://www.ausbt.com.au/new-scoot-airline-to-launch-sydney-singapore-flights-on-june-26 Cheers
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    Flights to the UK

    Yes I would recommend searching the net first-start looking well ahead of time,don't leave it to the last minute,search on a minimum of 3 sites,have a clear idea of what you are looking for and what you can afford to pay,I agree also that you should consider stopovers,it's a good way of breaking up what is a very long flight from Europe to Australia,and if you are not used to travelling it can be exhausting so breaking your journey in places like Hong Kong or Singapore can be a good idea,and some airlines will even include a free stopover if you are booked on a long itinerary,when you think you have a good fare then that is the time to make the call to the travel agent and see if they will beat it. Searching for airfares can be time consuming and frustrating,if you find that it's getting to you either take a few days break or get a friend to do some research for you,certainly don't let it get you down. Good Luck. Cheers Nigel
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    Flights to the UK

    In my opinion it's a very brave aka stupid travel agent to make a prediction about airfares,fares are a very dynamic thing that can change in a few hours let alone few weeks or months,they are influenced by many factors including but not limited to fuel cost,the local economy,the global economy,weather,whether events like the Olympics are on etc.so there is no way I would be making a call without examining all the factors and even then I could get it wrong.On the subject of Zuji and travel.com.au I actually think they are fairly good but I never stick with one site anyway,I always check a minimum of 3 sites before making a decision. All I can suggest is that you keep checking what's out there and if you see something too good to pass up then book it. Good Luck Cheers Nigel
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    Flights to the UK

    You seem to have a pretty good idea about what you are doing so I can't give you much extra in the way of useful advice except to again advise you to read the fine print before you book,if the flights are EXACTLY the same-eg same flight numbers ,flight times,with the same carrier,fare rules etc then you should probably be fine ,also check to see what,if any booking fees you are being charged on the various sites,and one final piece of advice-Don't automatically assume that the fares you are seeing on the internet are the lowest you can get,many travel agents get discounts that never get to the internet so if you are going to book do one final thing-find a good licensed travel agent in the phone book,ring them,tell them what you have found on the net and ask them if they can beat it or at least match it,there is a chance they won't be able to beat it but also they might be able to swing something for you. Good Luck . Cheers Nigel
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    Scoot Airlines

    It's always wise to be cautious when booking sale fares because many airlines do indeed charge higher fares on inbound services,and the practice is not restricted to the cheaper carriers either however the press release from Scoot does say so hopefully they will honor that but you make a good point,as I have said countless times on this forum over the years -Carefully check the fare rules and T & C's of just about anything you book related to travel whether it be airfares,bus & train tickets,cruises and rental cars,always read the small print and if there is something you are not sure about ask the company you are booking with or a licensed travel agent-believe me it is better to be safe than sorry-oh and one last point-whenever you travel take out travel insurance as it can save you money-but find out what you are covered for and don't sign up for something you won't use.Cheers Nigel
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    Scoot Airlines

    http://www.ausbt.com.au/scoot-to-launch-with-sydney-singapore-fares-under-150 Cheers
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    The all new Joke Thread! ? ?

    Joke of the day. An Irishman was terribly overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet. 'I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day,then eat regularly again for 2 days then skip a day......and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.' 'The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds.' When the Irishman returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60lbs! 'Why, that's amazing!' the doctor said, 'Did you follow my instructions?' The Irishman nodded... 'I'll tell you though, by jaesuz, I t'aut I were going to drop dead on dat 3rd day.' 'From the hunger, you mean?' asked the doctor. 'No, from the f --- in' skippin' !! Boom Tish.
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    Scoot - Gold Coast to Singapore

    I'm actually quite excited by the idea of Scoot flying into Australia,they are certainly a low cost carrier but I think they will be a lot better managed than other el cheapo carriers like Tiger and Air Asia,I'm planning on flying with them as soon as possible after the launch in June and I'll post a review here on PIO. Cheers N'oz
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    Virgin Blue Air Pass

    In some cases they are,for example using an Airpass you can fly from Sydney to Cairns for about $199 whereas it would normally be about $260.00 for the same fare,but that is not always the case and sometimes domestic fares may be the same or sometimes even cheaper than an Airpass fare,the Airpass fare is GST free and is a fixed price and it also allows flight changes at no cost-something that you have to pay for with normal fares. Hope that helps Cheers Nigel
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    Virgin Blue Air Pass

    [h=2]Fare Rules for Virgin Blue Airpass[/h] [h=3]The Basics[/h] Virgin Blue Airpass is our discount flight package available to international guests. It gives you the best possible price, but it is not as flexible as some of our more expensive fares. Virgin Blue Airpass fares are fixed GST free fares and may be selected from 4 zones valid for Australian domestic flights on Virgin Australia and Trans Tasman flights between Australia and New Zealand on Pacific Blue. Virgin Blue Airpass is not available for travel on Polynesian Blue flights. You can only purchase the Virgin Blue Airpass if you are not a resident of Australia or New Zealand for tax purposes. In order to purchase Virgin Blue Airpass, you must meet the following criteria: You must not be a tax resident of Australia or New Zealand You must be outside of Australia and New Zealand at the time of purchasing a Virgin Blue Airpass Your residential address must be outside of Australia or New Zealand. The credit card used to purchase a Virgin Blue Airpass must not be an Australian or New Zealand credit card. You may be required to provide International flight details in support of the above [*]You can only purchase a Virgin Blue Airpass prior to arrival in Australia or New Zealand via www.virginblueairpass.com (exception for Guests with Special Needs who may purchase via our 24hr Guest Contact Centre (GCC) on + 61 7 3295 2298. There is no additional charge to make this type of booking with the GCC. [*]You cannot purchase a Virgin Blue Airpass after arrival in Australia or New Zealand. http://www.virginblueairpass.com/Personal/Bookings/FareRules/index.htm The best advice for information about Airpass is to ask a question on http://www.australianfrequentflyer.com.au/community/your-questions/ Cheers Nigel
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    Cheapest place to buy flights back to UK

    Yeah but Kate the reasons why you can't always fly directly to where you want to go are complex-but mostly due to government and IATA restrictions,many airlines would love to operate where they like but they are restricted by regulations as to where they can operate. Cabotage,or the restriction of foreign registered carriers from carrying domestic passengers is a minefield. Cheers Nigel BTW One of the best sites for finding cheap fares is Best Flights- http://www.bestflights.com.au/cheap-flights/phone-flights-results/UK-and-Europe/Economy/1 and sign up for the various discount newsletters like Qantas Red e - http://web.qantas.net.au/redemail/au/ and Singapore Airlines - http://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/special-offers/sia-e-newsletter/ https://newsletter.lufthansa.com/servlet/campaignrespondent?_ID_=lh.6059&EMAIL_ADDRESS=new&EMAIL_ADDRESS2=&GENDER=&TITLE=&FIRST_NAME=&SURNAME=&COUNTRY_CODE=DE&LANGUAGE=E&P= http://www.airnewzealand.com.au/email-offer-signup
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    Cheapest place to buy flights back to UK

    Probably due to not having rights to fly direct into Cairns from a foreign port and also navigation reasons etc,Sir Les Patterson can probably give a definite answer on that, he's a 747 captain although he doesn't carry passengers only freight. Cheers
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    Cheapest place to buy flights back to UK

    Actually Cairns has quite extensive destinations- http://www.cairnsairport.com/ and you can fly to HKG using Cathay Pacific so it's really not as bad as you think Kate. Cheers N'oz
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