Find Cheap Flights To Australia
The Stopover Principle
Step 1: Choose the cheapest flight search engine
To find cheap flights to Australia it is absolutely necessary to use a flight search engine which is able to find the cheapest flights. There are hundreds of flight search engines out there. We at borading-Australia.com believe that the following flight-search engines are the best and we highly recommend using one of them:
Step 2: Select a preferred Stop-Over
Of course, with some luck and the right timing you will find cheap flights as a direct connection without any stop-over at all. But adding a stop-over to your flight route to Australia can make your trip more exciting and cheaper at the same time. It is not important if you would like to stay for one day in Dubai, a week in Bangkok or a month in Asia. Oftentimes you can visit Bangkok or Kuala-Lumpur for a few days while still having a cheaper flight fare than if you would book the whole flight in a single booking. Why not discover countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India or maybe Japan and South-Korea while still saving money on your flight?
From our experience, it is most likely to find cheap flights to Australia with stopovers in Thailand or Malaysia. Bangkok and Kuala-Lumpur have both one or more huge international airports from where international airlines depart multiple times a day to Australia.
We will use our own experience and we will use Kuala-Lumpur (KUL) or Bangkok (BKK) as a stopover for our flight to Australia. Feel free to use other cities, countries, and airports to possibly find even cheaper fares.
Step 3: Search at random dates for Flights
Now as we decided to look for flights to Bangkok and Kuala-Lumpur we randomly start looking for flights on random dates (of course those dates should be in the time frame you intend to travel). You can use this approach to book both: one-way and return flights.
Example 1: Return Flight from Amsterdam to Australia
Let's say we would like to fly in November 2016 (around 2 months from writing this) for around 60 days to Australia. We start searching on random dates for flights from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur (KUL) and Bangkok (BKK). boarding-Australia.com highly recommends using one of the following flight search engines as they were able to find the cheapest flights in our test:
In this example, we will use jetradar.com feel free to use the search form below to try this method on your dates on your own!
On flight routes from Europe to Kuala-Lumpur and Bangkok, every return-flight below 500€ can be considered as cheap.
In our very first try, we already found cheap flights from Amsterdam to Kuala-Lumpur for only 481€!
Now let's have a look at flights from Amsterdam to Bangkok in the same period of time.
At exact the same date, we are able to find flights from Amsterdam to Bangkok for 526€. We better try for other random dates until we find offers below 500€.
After two additional tries, we are able to find a very good flight with Qatar airways from Amsterdam to Bangkok and back for only 483€!
Let's keep in mind that the return flight from Amsterdam to Bangkok or Kuala-Lumpur costs us approximately around 485€! Now we can continue with the next step.
Example 2: One-Way flight from Düsseldorf to Australia
Now we use the same technique as above but we simply look for a one-way flight instead of a return flight. Please keep in mind that single one-way flights are usually more expensive than return flights! Sometimes it might even be cheaper to book a return flight even when travelling only one-way!
We start searching for random dates in a given time frame for flights from Düsseldorf (DUS) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and Bangkok (BKK). Practice this technique yourself and use the flight search form below to check your dates for a cheap flight fare!
In our first try, we are already able to find a very cheap flight from Düsseldorf to Kuala-Lumpur for only 263€! For our own guaranty, we check a few other dates to be sure that this is really the cheapest flight. After checking a few other dates we realize that the flight for 263€ is indeed the cheapest option.
Now let's have a short look on flights from Düsseldorf to Bangkok as they might be cheaper or we might prefer Bangkok over Kuala-Lumpur. Again we check several dates and we try to find the cheapest flight to Bangkok. After checking more than 6 dates we are able to find a one-way flight 279€ on November the 17th.
Let's keep in mind that flights from Düsseldorf to Kuala-Lumpur and Bangkok cost us around 260€- 280€. In our example we choose the 263€ flight from Düsseldorf to Kuala Lumpur.
Step 4: Decide the duration of your stopover
Step 6: Decide, Double-check and Book!
In the end it is up to you if you prefer a single booking or if you prefer saving a few hundred Euros by applying the Stopover Principle. If you are the typical backpacker who wants to discover the world it is probably worth it to apply the Stopover Principle save 150-400€ with it and use this money for accommodation and food in Thailand or Malaysia. If you prefer a stress-free flight and if you have sufficient money in your bank account it might be better for you to pay those additional 400€ and to fly with Emirates or Qantas instead.
If you decide to book the flights you found with the Stopover Principle please make sure to double check every flight - especially if you have a connection flight in Kuala-Lumpur or Bangkok at the same day! Make sure that you have sufficient time to get your luggage and check it in again!