International airfares have been falling in real terms for decades, with discounting and sales periodically pushing them lower, but some fares currently on offer are truly astonishing.
Finder.com.au draws attention to a current deal offering airfares to London (Heathrow) from Melbourne, available from AUD 898 return. The carrier is Royal Brunei and the site http://iwantthatflight.com.au is pushing the offers. From Sydney, the very cheapest return flights to London appear to have dipped below AUD 1000.
Before Australia deregulated its domestic airlines in 1990, it cost more than that to fly Sydney/Perth.
Travel dates are limited to departures between 2 October and 9 November 2016, but finder.com.au points out that for AUD 926 return, travellers can also travel from 1 May until 8 June 2017.
The flights include 30kg of checked luggage (as opposed to the 23kg some airlines offer). The Melbourne-Brunei-London route is flown by the airline’s fleet of Dreamliners, the site says.
The route heads through Brunei and Dubai, with a 2.5-hour stop in the first and an hour’s stop in the second, making for reasonable connections.
The same site is offering discounted flights to London from other cities in Australia, including Sydney from AUD 996 return, Perth from AUD 1108 return, Brisbane from AUD 1208 return.
Written by Peter Needham