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  1. bicek

    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Yeah it's not ideal. I don't get why there isn't any in flight entertainment either. They're really trying to put off people returning home aren't they... Absolutely dreading the flight but will be grateful to get on it. Does anyone know if you get a refund if you can't board your dfat flight due to failed pcr?
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I think we're going to do the reverse if we can get a dfat flight! I wonder if they'll offer that many dates per month for the remainder of the year. Or if it is a one off to offer so many. Will see soon I guess.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Yep absolutely. I think it is only £60 to cancel with Singapore per person. Possibly per leg though, so maybe that's more like £500 for us (4 seats) to cancel but in the scheme of things I'd prefer the certainty of knowing the flight will go. The potential costs (financial, logistical, emotional) of not getting any flight around the time we need to go... It is not worth the gamble for us.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Yes I had a look at availability. The later dates book up faster by looks of it. We would have considered booking one of these but our newborn doesn't have her passport yet! Eagerly awaiting it in the post. Are you going to try and get a Sept flight? We are hoping for late Sept or an October one. So anxious about missing the email though as the tickets disappear pretty fast. It is pot luck if you're checking your email at the right time.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I don't understand why they can't give more notice. It would help them to work out the demand for flights if they listed a few months in advance and then they could schedule more/less flights accordingly. If they announced their schedule for 3 months ahead I'd be booking my dfat flight now and cancelling my commercial flight booking.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I did a quick search and it looks like all the DFAT flights for July are now sold out. They were snapped up pretty quick then I guess. They've said uptake has been low on recent flights but that clearly isn't the case...?
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Is it tricky trying to rent when you haven't started work yet? We're just wondering if it's even possible, or whether you have to pay a large sum up front to secure it (ie. 6 months up front or something). The rental market in Melbourne is pretty competitive too I hear, we're fairly nervous about that bit. We're booked into some airbnbs initially and then planning to rent once we can find somewhere. We're hoping we won't be stuck paying extortionate amounts for holiday rentals whilst we find somewhere a little more permanent!
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I expect you're right. Rather than reduce numbers per flight they will just fly even fewer planes. I'll be checking the flight schedules in next few weeks to see which flights are actually going ahead. Might give an indication for Sept/Oct flights whether ours are likely to be cancelled or not.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    I've just had another email this morning from DFAT with a link to 23rd July flights, so these still have seats! Best of luck!
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Would there be any risk in them canceling one leg of the flight (economy) and not cancelling the other one, forcing you to cancel the lot? Or have you known instances where this has worked (just upgrading one leg)? I need to get back onto the Facebook groups to see what people have successfully done to secure their flights... haven't been on there in a while as got a bit comfortable thinking we'd be ok! until now...
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Yes just register online. I don't think there is a number you can call. I am registered and I periodically get email alerts with a link to book flights for dates they release. Maybe once every 6 weeks I get an email, they're not that regular. They are promising to put more flights up as a result of the caps. I am thinking now that might be the most likely way to get into Australia with the fallout of this flight cap. I'm due to fly in early October with Singapore. I had an email last month from DFAT regarding a flight from London to Darwin on 21st July. No idea if this is fully booked, maybe sign up and see if they contact you? I hope you manage to sort flights out.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Did you book economy? I'm wondering whether to upgrade to premium, if that gives us better odds... Do you know how far in advance SIA are cancelling flights based on caps? Is it weeks or only days? I'm not sure I can cope with being homeless and unemployed with 3 dependents one of which is school age. Oh and the cat. It will be very costly to be stuck in the UK for months on end waiting for a DFAT or commercial flight.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    We can't do that either! My husbands partner visa has to be activated by December otherwise it will be cancelled. Not sure if there is any workaround for that. And that would mean pulling out of our house sale and starting allover again. I don't really know what our options are at this point. It sounds like your flight is just in the nick of time, that's very lucky! I hope it all goes ahead smoothly for you.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Sadly we can't. House sale still going through and I have a 3 week old baby with no passport as yet. We would jump on a repatriation flight given the chance. But we can't book one until we are a position to relocate and that won't be for a couple more months. But even if we could get on one of those, they are fairly last minute and that's hard to rely on when you have a family of 5 and a pet to relocate, plus all our stuff, a house sale we are trying to time with the move, work commitments, as well as finding and securing temporary accommodation in Australia for when we arrive. This stuff is stressful when flights are reliable. When you don't even know if you'll be able to travel, it's the stuff of nightmares.
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    Flights to Australia - reliability?

    Thank you. I've just seen the announcements now about halving International caps until at least the end of this year. They claim to be Increasing repatriation flights but I doubt this will take the edge off given the low number of those that have been organised in recent months. I have no idea what the impact of this will be on our commercial flights in October, I'm guessing not good at all. I was feeling OK about the flights until this. Now I feel sick.
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