I will be spending a year in Brisbane, Australia, starting in July 2014. Having begun to research flight prices (from London, Heathrow/Gatwick), it soon became apparent that when it comes to booking my return flight, July 2015 is too far in advance. The advice I have seen on here and elsewhere suggests I should book for any time (i.e. November 2014) and then change it when flights for July 2015 become available. Is this the right way to approach it?
Also, what is the general feeling on using travel agents in this situation? I have seen that airlines will require a fee to change the booking, but STA Travel offer a Multiflex Pass to change flights for a fixed fee when booking, and charges thereafter are waived. Has anyone had any experience of this? Do any other agents do a similar thing? Or is it worth just sticking with the airline and doing it yourself? The airline in this case would either be Qantas or Emirates.
All in all, lots of questions I know! Thanks in advance