Saw this over on lifehacker, thought I would post here…
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$599 RT from Melbourne to Phuket DIRECT -
Includes ALL Taxes + 30kg Luggage + Meals + Free-Flowing Drinks (beer, wine & soft drinks) + In-Flight Entertainment! Date Changes Allowed PLUS Get $100 Off Your Next Flight (Paraphrased from Scoopon)
The important bits:
* Valid until May 31 2012 (roughly 11 months)
* Valid for use during the following periods: 2011 - 26 Jul to 15 Sep, 25 Oct to 18 Dec AND 2012 - 2 Feb to 25 Mar, 20 Apr to 31 May (In other words not valid for School holidays)
* Flights depart Melbourne Tuesdays and Fridays AND Phuket Sundays and Thursdays
Let's keep in mind this is a full service airline and not Air Asia which will charge you for the extras.
Cheapest MEL-Phuket flights:
Adioso: $735 via Air Asia (not Direct and not including baggage, meals, seat allocation etc.)
Remember this isn't some dodgy restaurant owner not accepting bookings but a multimillion dollar airline operation. So while it is good to be cautious with group buy deals, take into account that this is a national company trying to steal marketshare from the big players.
I would highly recommend checking if your flight is available on Strategic's website before buying.