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Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Manchester England
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Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Hi, We are a family of 5 travelling Manchester to Australia in July. We want to stopover in Hong kong on the way and Singapore or Bangkok on return. We would like to fly out from Sydney as we want to go to a concert on the 28th July but don't want to be there twice , so would prefer to fly into a different city. Most agents recommend Cathay but having a bad back , I am worried about the economy seats. Also when we looked at Emirates , it would mean lots of stops and a much longer journey which is not appealing with kids!! Any advice , we would be verry grateful. Have been triyng to book this for 2 months.

Edited: 11:10 am, February 11, 2013
Seattle, Washington
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1. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Maybe you would benefit from seeking the assistance of a travel agent who has knowledge about airline rules (ie., can you have a stopover on the way out and the return) and the best routing for you, since you've been working on it for two months.

Good luck.

Manchester England
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2. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Thanks for your advice. I have been to 4 different agents and their advice really differs , hence my post

South Pole
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3. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

u just need an open jaw ticket. fly into melbourne out of sydney.

then u need an airline or an alliance eg. oneworld, star alliance that covers both the hong kong and singapore/bangkok routes.

any travel agent worth his/her salt could do this in 5 mins.

UK
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4. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

You say worried about economy seats, are you looking to book PE or above, the majority of economy seats are the same?

Manchester England
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5. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Thanks all. I have read on numerous sites that Cathay economy seats do not actually recline but the seat cushion slides forward, which causes a large space behind the back and very uncomfortable! We can't really afford upgrading all 5 of us though.Most agents have steered us away from Melbourne as they said it was too cold in July and suggested Brisbane instead. Will try trailfinders again, although I felt like they were just pushing their tours.

Thanks again for advice.

South Pole
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6. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

compared to manchester in winter melbourne in july will be like summer.

but yes, it can be wet and cold (relatively) down there at that time of year.

weather in brisbane at further north is just great.

i did a quick check on kayak.

plenty of options: one was manchester to helsinki (change planes) to hong kong with finnair, then to australia eg.brisbane with qantas . back from sydney via singapore or bangkok with BA. all oneworld alliance.

a good travel agent should have no trouble with this simple itinerary

Manchester England
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7. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Thank you lien. Have just found an Australian specialist nearby online , so will try and visit tomorrow.

Manchester England
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8. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

Just one last question. What about air new zealand. Would it be an idea to stop off in New Zealand for a few days or would that be too much? I have read they have special seats in economy that make a couch. Good for the family?

Nannup, Australia
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9. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

<<Would it be an idea to stop off in New Zealand for a few days or would that be too much? >>

Way too much!

Re Air NZ couch seats - do a search on same in the box at the top or bottom of this page - it has been discussed here several times.

UK
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10. Re: Manchester to australia with stopovers.

IME trailfinders are very good. I'm sure if there are some tours that are applicable they will try and sell (they never tried with me but that was some time ago) but all the people I know who booked flights with them just bought flights and hotels and no tours i am aware of and certainly never mentioned pressure to buy tours.

Those air nz seats seem to be a bit "marmite" if you read the reviews, love em or hate em but a diversion via nz would be extreme just to get seats unless you are going for a long time or really want to go to nz which it seems you don't.

Edited: 2:47 am, February 12, 2013