Best time to book for Paris/UK February 2015

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  1. Hugh Jarss

    Hugh Jarss Newbie

    Apr 28, 2014
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    Hi
    1st post so here goes....
    I need some advice as to best time to book for flights to Paris & UK - Mrs HJ has a special birthday in Feb'15 and we want to fly to Paris CDG early Feb, will Eurostar to UK, then London LHR home in March.

    Usually gone to UK with Qantas PE fares (now past economy cattle class for such long flights) and would have gone PE with Qantas again (with BA Paris conmnection) however being in Perth, we're now off the map unless we want to go via Melb or Syd (which does not really cost any more, only adds many hours).
    The only real PE alternative is Cathay, which has a large wait in HK on the way out.

    So, looking at stretching the budget and considering Business - Q &/or Emirates combi have flight & arrival good times into Paris so want to consider them.

    For Feb flights, is there a time we can expect specials/best time to book cheaper flights?
    I see Q & E have specials with about $4k off right now however all are for 2014 flights.

    I know it's crystal ball stuff however there may be a seasonal trend?

    HJ
     

  2. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    I would suggest coming home from LHR is just burning money easily avoided, namely the UKs APD: Air Passenger Duty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    With Qantas out of Perth, the airfares have risen significantly in terms of whats left operating. I would have a serious look at joining Malaysia's Enrich program, getting the 1000 miles isgn on bonus and using it to book business class for you both to Paris return, the Paris leg being operated by one of their A380s. As this is a cash plus points option, no points are earned, but at $3500 each, I suspect it would compare favorably to the PE fares.

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  3. Alanslegal

    Alanslegal Senior Member

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    How about SQ which is slightly more direct; PER-SIN-CDG//LHR-SIN-PER, what are their fares like?
     
  4. markis10

    markis10 Veteran Member

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    OP is looking at Y+ or better, on SQ that means J and $$$$
     
  5. Hugh Jarss

    Hugh Jarss Newbie

    Apr 28, 2014
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    Thanks for the responses.
    After Paris we will spend time in London at end, plus UK rellies to visit so would leave from LHR.
    Had looked at MH Business however the boss is not big on MH, even before MH370.
    Emirates/Q looked at as E has has overnight flight then 13:35 arrival to CDG (vs most at appx 6am) which is attractive to get settled in and rested, then start fresh next day.
    SQ has early arrival and not cheap.
    Cathay PE with it's 9hour HK wait might be only way - it's not Business but get airport hotel and will still be reasonable value - $10k+ difference at current prices goes a long way.
    Was hoping a Q sale season for Feb flights existed at some point annually but might need to just keep checking flights for the limited time sales which sneak in with minimal ads (like just now)

    HJ
     
  6. Sprucegoose

    Sprucegoose Senior Member

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    I don't believe airlines have annual sales. There are soft periods which may result in discounts.

    There is nothing more perishable than an airline seat.
     
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