Recently I was interested in seeing how cheap a return flight to Europe from Australia could be. I saw this post in early January and using a few tips from that thread, some of my own knowledge as well as Scoots current sale to Singapore I have managed to get return flights from Brisbane to Paris, returning from Dublin down to $800.
The way this deal works is fairly simple, it involves two booking and very little trouble. Etihad Airways offers flights from Singapore to certain destinations in Europe for an absolute steal, to put the cherry on top they also allow you to fly back directly to Australia from Abu Dhabi. This means the only other flight you have to worry about is the very first one you have to take, which is to Singapore (or another SE Asian destination – I’ll get to that soon). So once you have the first flight out of the way, it is smooth sailing.
However, to get the price I quoted above you have to do one thing; you have to fly into Paris and out of Dublin, which makes for an easy holiday if you plan on going from Paris to Dublin via London. However, if you don’t plan on visiting Dublin during your stay it is still easy to get there, a flight on RyanAir, EasyJet or GermanWings (all LCCs) will cost you no more than $50 and in many cases $20, Ryan Air currently has flights from London and Manchester for 10 Pounds.
So now that I have the explaining out of the way I’ll get down to the nitty gritty of the deal – the dates and flight plan. I’ll lay it out below using my situation, I am flying from the Gold Coast on Scoot using their most recent sale, heading to Paris and then returning from Dublin.
OOL – SIN $169
Flying Scoot, lands in Singapore at 3:30PM, plenty of time to do customs and check in for the Etihad flight at 8:20PM
SIN – CDG
Flying Etihad with a 2 hour stop in Abu Dhabi
DUB – BNE
Flying Etihad with 2 short stopovers in Abu Dhabi, then again in Singapore (the stop in Singapore will continue on to Brisbane on Etihad metal, the stop here has nothing to do with the Scoot leg to get to Europe – it is just the route Etihad chooses to fly to get to Brisbane).
Tip: This deal isn’t just out of Singapore! You can fly a similar price out of Tokyo as well, so if you manage to score some Jetstar flights from MEL, OOL or CNS to Tokyo you can also take advantage of this deal and score yourself some time in beautiful Japan!
If you have any questions or would like to add anything to the deal please do post in the comments, hope you guys like this one as I have spent quite some time researching and confirming everything here.
Edit: Added Perth to the mix as flights on Scoot are only $119 + Etihad for $598