To be frank, the best flight deals in Europe at the moment are out of Scandinavia. I’m not sure who started it – potentially Qatar Airways – but other airlines have been forced to join in.
Here, for example, is Oslo to Cape Town on British Airways in Club World in May. The fare is the equivalent of £1,250 return:
If you look at IDENTICAL flights for just Heathrow to Cape Town, on the same dates, you will pay £701 in Economy ….
Anyway, back to Australia and New Zealand. Whilst there are plenty of Australia deals out of Scandinavia, Singapore Airlines has an excellent reputation for food and service. If you book by tomorrow night (23rd) there are some attractive fares available. In May, for example, I found last night:
Stockholm to Sydney – SEK 23,372 return (£1,881)
Stockholm to Auckland – SEK 23,145 return (£1,863)
Stockholm to Perth – SEK 21,873 return (£1,760)
Stockholm to Brisbane – SEK 23,336 return (£1,877)
Stockholm to Canberra – SEK 22,396 return (£1,802)
Stockholm to Melbourne – SEK 23,201 return (£1,867)
Stockholm to Christchurch – SEK 23,122 return (£1,860)
There is a ‘7 day’ option for search results so you can easily find days with the best fares.
If you don’t have a credit card with 0% foreign exchange fees, your best option for paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold which offers triple points – 3 per £1 – when you book flight tickets in a foreign currency. This is because the transaction triggers the ‘double points for airline spend’ and the ‘double points for foreign spend’ bonuses. Our review of Amex Gold is here.
Singapore Airlines is in Star Alliance so you can’t earn Avios or BA tier points. You can credit the flights to Singapore’s KrisFlyer scheme (learn more about KrisFlyer here) and top them up with American Express Membership Rewards points at 1:1, or to any other Star Alliance scheme such as Lufthansa Miles & More.
You can also credit Singapore Airlines flights to Virgin Flying Club – details are on the Virgin Atlantic site here.
You can book on the Singapore Airlines website here.