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Echo what's been said about Singapore being good, recently went and came back with virgin and apart from the flying to Sydney first bit they were good, can't beat direct though, however virgin allow an extra 21kg for 40 quid at the airport, no questions asked myself and partner came back with 5 bags totalling over 100 kgs
We booked way in advance with Singapore 2 adults and 2 children for £2300 plus 40kg baggage which is the cheapest we could find. Have flown SIA before and they are excellent but also flown Quantas who were equally as good. I also found booking in advance much cheaper for car hire http://www.auto-europe.co.uk/car.cfm and also got a good deal for a short term furnished rental booking 6mths in advance but this obviously depends on your position.
I'm a big fan of Singapore Airlines and always fly with them. Not only do they fly direct to Adelaide but the customer service is so friendly and the food is amazingly tasty for airline food. Singapore Changi Airport is also a great place to spend a few hours whilst waiting for your connecting flight as there's so much to do. As has been mentioned, if you are migrating on a permanent visa you will be entitled to an additional 40kg baggage allowance. We weren't in that situation but I wrote them a very nice email after our tickets had been booked and we managed to get 30kg each. Mind you, I think that was helped by us both being Krisflyer members and I've used them every year for the past 7 years. I've also found you get the best prices with them by going directly to their website. If you manage to find them on Expedia or anywhere else it's always much more expensive.
I have booked with Singapore and also found that the prices with them direct were the cheapest.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
[QUOTE=AussieRob;210893]I think booking in advance is the best, but it really comes down to looking at the specials that are around, they all seem to rotate with their offers, the best deals I've seen usually seem 4 - 6 months in advance and are loosely based around Spring and Autumn.
I would second though getting a flight directly into Adelaide, went to the UK a few months ago via Sydney, and had 2 hours at Sydney after landing before our next flight home, we made it, only just, but it was stressful, and I could have killed some of the ground crew with their lax attitude. I guess after flying for 20 plus hours you've had enough.
Direct airlines into Adelaide are: Singapore (probably the best), Malaysian and Cathy Pacific, plus Qantas do a flight too, haven't done the UK flight with Qantas, but flew with them to the US and they were magnificent.
it can all really depend if your lucky or unlucky.... We flew to the UK with Virgin Atlantic recently, only ever heard good things, but I would never go with them again, just a bad experience.[/QUOTE]
Must of been on the same flight as me ! Just about lost my patience with them when it came to providing a service.
We all know it is going to put a stress on the body spending 20+ hours in a pressurised tin can but service
We chose them not for cost but more for convenience and timing for events we needed to gwet to but would think twice next time
Also the duty free con on taking it off the plane in transit and not being allowed to bring it back on, flyers beware !
We flew with Singapore airlines they were fantastic .
We had a 13hr stop over in Singapore, so we booked into the T3 hotel at the airport. I think it cost around £100 for the 3 of us, great to get your head down on a bed and you also get use of the outdoor pool, which kills plenty of time if you have kids.
I have flow with Singapore, Qantas, BA and Malaysia and would highly reccomend Singapore for customer service and baggage allowance on initial entry but I prefer Malaysia at the moment as you get consistently the cheapest price, good customer service and a cheap stop over in Kuala Lumpur at little extra cost if you book your own hotel. Plus the air hostesses are hot
We are going on Malaysia in Feb Its cost us £4090 for 6 of us. Pleased to hear they are ok.