hi all there are really are some great flight deals out there at the moment especially with Singapore airlines and emirates but as a travel agent who works for a local agent in adelaide can I just say that if you ask or are up front that you have got a price online then most agents are happy to match it for you and also help with car hire, insurance etc. one thing I have learnt since being an agent in oz is that it is very far from anywhere and to have an agent looking after you for any changes, emergencies etc that is on call 24/7 is invaluable when you will pay the same price or maybe $20 each more not to mention it keeps us all in a job and helps a local company.
the flights will come out approx 11 months in advance and this is the best time to grab them to go away next year as they generally will only go up in slight increments from here on in!! Singapore airlines are also doing a $1 stopover so if you fly with them and do a stop either on the way over or the way back you only pay $1 per person for the first night at selected hotels so a great way to see singapore
if anyone wants business class I have to say Malaysian airlines win for the best deal this year and although it's not a fully flat bed you can pick up a $5500 ticket on some dates and routes
anyway hope this helps someone and hopefully nobody will have a problem when they go away but you never think it will,happen to you and an agent is a useful tool - rant over!!!