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Summer sale fares to Europe from various airlines

by on August 3, 2015
 

It’s now high summer in Europe and if you’re hanging out for a European holiday or want to escape the southern winter or catch the northern autumn, this may be the time to look at what’s on offer. Many airlines are offering great deals from Australia and South East Asia to various European destinations and while fixed date fares are usually the cheapest on offer, a number of airlines have good prices for open jaw and multi-city tickets.

Some points to note:

  • Flights available on 4th August 2015 (checked 2 days beforehand on 2nd August) for comparison purposes.
  • As all prices are the best available for the same date, this is not always the best price available. In addition, the closer it is to the time of travel, generally the more you will pay. These general principles may be applied at any time of the year.
  • There are some current ‘best fares’ for each city below the table for different dates.
  • As all flights were checked initially from a comparison site, which does not accept bookings, it is necessary for you to go to the airline’s website or your preferred travel agent, so you can match (or better) the price.
  • It became clear that certain airlines came up more often in the grid and some of the more established airlines came up very few times or not at all. If you are a frequent flyer of these airlines, you may be able to get a better deal than the fares shown.
  • Fare prices are quoted in local currency of the originating city.
  • There is sometimes a large variation between fares 2 days apart, sometimes even the next day. Mid-week flights to/from some locations may be lower but for other combinations, weekend fares may be the best.
  • The time of day is also important. Redeye fares are usually hard to beat if there are a number of choices available on that day.
  • If you are able to see fares for a month, or even a week either side of your preferred date, you may see that certain days seem to have better prices, so it you are not obliged to take the date you want, you may be able to save quite a bit even by moving your dates slightly.
  • Airports like Darwin have fewer choices of airlines and services per week, which means that changing dates by even a little can get you a big difference in price. e.g. Darwin / Madrid on 4th August will cost AU$2698, but on 8th Aug it is available for AU$1856, same airline, different routing. You can also save about AU$900 on a trip to Rome by delaying for 2 days.
  • Do your chosen dates fall within heavily travelled times – school holidays or festivals? Are they usually more travelled by business or leisure travellers?
  • Do you need to travel to that particular destination? Is there a lower fare available to a nearby airport?

Sample fares:

Paris London Frankfurt Madrid Rome Athens
Singapore SG$1410
Jet Airways
SG$1581
Air India
SG$1410
Air India
SG$1590
Qatar Airways
SG$1770
Qatar Airways

SG$1541
Etihad Airways

Kuala Lumpur MYR3113
Turkish Airlines
MYR4462
Turkish Airlines
MYR5172
Turkish Airlines
MYR3508
Turkish Airlines
MYR3354
Turkish Airlines

MYR3615
Turkish Airlines

Sydney AU$2166
Qantas codeshare
AU$2497 Emirates AU$2376
Qantas codeshare
AU$2607
Qantas codeshare
AU$2055
Etihad Airways
AU$1600
Etihad Airways
Melbourne AU$1604
Etihad
AU$2478
Emirates
AU$1748
Etihad
AU$2432
Etihad codeshare
AU$1985
Etihad Airways

AU$1566
Etihad Airways

Brisbane AU$1676
Etihad
AU$2505
Emirates
AU$2242
Qantas codeshare
AU$2611
Qatar Airways
AU$2314
Emirates

AU$1602
Etihad Airways

Adelaide AU$2210
Qatar codeshare
AU$2653
Malaysia Airlines
AU$2498
Etihad
AU$1856
Malaysia Airlines codeshare
AU$1885
Qatar codeshare

AU$1604

Etihad Airways

Perth AU$1889
Qatar Airways
AU$2149
Qatar Airways
AU$2263
Etihad
AU$1953
Qatar Airways
AU$2182
Emirates

AU$1770
Qatar Airways

Darwin AU$2739
Qatar codeshare
AU$3078
Qantas codeshare
AU$2958
Qatar codeshare
AU$2698
Qatar codeshare
AU$2714
Qatar codeshare

AU$2639
Qatar codeshare

Auckland NZ$2358
Air India codeshare
NZ$2942
Air India codeshare
NZ$2407
Air India codeshare
NZ$2792
Qatar codeshare
NZ$2809
Qatar codeshare

NZ$2817
Qatar codeshare

Hong Kong HK$8736
Air India
HK$11,210
Air India
HK$8345
Air India
HK$10,423
Turkish Airlines
HK$9835
Turkish Airlines

HK$9297
Aeroflot

Bangkok Baht 39,085
Jet Airways
Baht 38,900
Air India
Baht 55,915
Turkish Airlines
Baht 39,550
Qatar Airways
Baht 42,420
Eva Air codeshare

Baht 45,645
Gulf Air

If you are willing to choose another day within the next month, you can get a much cheaper flight.
Some examples:
  • Singapore to London on 18th August SG$907 Malaysia Airlines, via Kuala Lumpur
  • Kuala Lumpur to Frankfurt on 2nd September MYR2363 Etihad Airways, via Abu Dhabi
  • Sydney to Rome on 2nd September AU$1292 Air India, via Delhi and Milan
  • Melbourne to Madrid on 20th August AU$1679 Etihad, via Dubai
  • Brisbane to Frankfurt on 16th August AU$1595 Etihad, via Dubai
  • Adelaide to London  on 24th August AU$255 Cathay Pacific codeshare, via Hong Kong
  • Perth to Madrid on 10th August AU$1452 Etihad, via Dubai
  • Darwin to Frankfurt on 3rd September AU$1747 Etihad, via Brisbane or Perth & Dubai (This one is really a ‘long way round for a short-cut’, but the savings are significant!)
  • Auckland to Rome on 3rd September NZ$1613 Air India codeshare, via Melbourne & Delhi
  • Hong Kong to Frankfurt on 31st August HK$5671 Air China, via Beijing
  • Bangkok to London on 11th August Baht32,770 Eva Air, direct

Other airlines to try

These airlines didn’t come up as offering the best prices for any of our selected routes on the date given unless as part of a codesharing partnership, but they do often offer good pricing for different dates, especially if they are not school holiday or festival periods when you plan to travel. Click on the links to open the respective airline website in your own country.

Lufthansa  Round-trip fares including all taxes, fees and surcharges are available from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam RM2487 (from Brisbane, AUD1559), London RM2999 (from Melbourne, AUD1599), or perhaps Manchester for RM2862 (from Sydney, AUD1769), with many other destinations on offer. Lufthansa flies in to Frankfurt, from where you transfer to your onward destination.

Conditions: Flights must be purchased at least 7 days in advance, for a minimum stay of 6 days, maximum 12 months. Date and route changes may be made for €130.

Please note: The Lufthansa winter schedule will change flight times beginning 26 October 2015, you may download the schedule from this page.

KLM  Kuala Lumpur to Paris RM5143 (from Perth, AUD1784), Lisbon RM3033 (from Sydney, AUD3176), or perhaps Nice for RM3029 (from Adelaide, AUD2719)  ** Some sectors may be on partner airlines  (From Australia use this LINK)

Air France  All-In return fares include all taxes and surcharges but may be subject to currency fluctuations. They are available for booking until 10th August, for travel until 31st Dec (from Kuala Lumpur 11 December) and are valid for a stay of one year (from Kuala Lumpur 2 months). Cancellation and rebooking are available for a fee. Fares out of Kuala Lumpur are also valid on KLM.

Some of the fares available include round-trip tickets including all taxes, fees and surcharges from Kuala Lumpur to Paris RM2872 (from Perth, AUD1676), Lisbon RM3023 (from Sydney, AUD1651), or perhaps Nice for RM3023 (from Adelaide, AUD1665)  ** Some sectors may be on partner airlines

Once you have a ticket for an Air France flight, you can download Air France Digital Media from anywhere in the world from 30 hours before your flight until departure time for viewing before, during and after your flight.  The Air France Press app enables you to use your tablet or your smartphone to download one or more newspapers and magazines from a free selection of French and international media.

Qantas   are currently offering sale fares on Economy seats on their website.  ** Some sectors may be on partner airlines  ** Qantas does not offer services out of Kuala Lumpur except for Frequent Flyers. Look for fares from Singapore, you can use Jetstar or one of Qantas Oneworld partners for the KUL/SIN leg.

Air New Zealand  You can get a last minute return ticket for 4th August from Auckland to Paris or Frankfurt from NZ$1539.   ** Air New Zealand doesn’t fly direct to Europe, but operates to Paris and Frankfurt via Singapore in a codeshare with Singapore Airlines or to Paris via Los Angeles code shared with Air France and Frankfurt with Lufthansa.

Singapore Airlines Return tickets are available from Singapore on 4th August to Paris SG$2244 and from Sydney, AUD1888 via Singapore, using Singapore Airlines.

Cathay Pacific  is offering a new route Hong Kong to Düsseldorf, starting on 1st September and is offering introductory return fares of HK$4,990 for stays between 2 days and 2 months. Flights must be booked before 7th September 2015, for travel between 1st September and 31st May 2016.

And what looked like the cheapest on offer?

Among other stand-outs, the cheapest fare Kuala Lumpur/Paris Return  was RM1845 (all in fare, change fees apply, maximum stay 3 months, stopovers in Hanoi each way allowed) on Vietnam Airlines.

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