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Tommy P
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 18:45 on 20th Jan 2013

Joined: 18:36 on 20th Jan 2013
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Looking to go to both the MCG and SCG tests this year, and looking to fly over on Christmas day. I know that plane tickets dont go on sale until 330 days from you return flight, which should be roughly the end of February. Does any one know if its cheaper to buy the flights as soon as they are avalaible (End of Feb), wait a few months or even more risky wait until a few weeks before I leave. Also does any one know an approx cost of a return flight to Melbourne, happy to go economy.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 09:21 on 21st Jan 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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bishbash Wrote:
Can I get tickets cheaper than 1200... Leaving 24 Dec and returning perhaps well into Jan, perhaps 15 Jan or something. I couldnt find any reasonably priced flights to melbourne when coupled with a return from Sydney. Am I looking at the wrong sites?


If you want to enjoy Day 1 at Melbourne I'd advise flying out sooner than the 24th! Unless you're flying first class or something, arriving on the morning of the game after a flight of that length is not ideal.

Having said that, it will probably be cheaper to go on the 24th, and if you're determined to do it, http://www.Lastminute.com have return flights with Singapore Airlines leaving on the 24th, getting you there at 0750 on the 26th with a variety of return dates for £1067 return, which is not bad for the time of year.

Many sites are not offering suitable flights yet, but even when they do, I wouldn't expect flights that are of use to Melbourne & Sydney Test goers to be a whole lot cheaper than what's already on offer.
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Holgate69
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 23:35 on 20th Feb 2013

Joined: 22:55 on 20th Feb 2013
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Some great tip / advice here. Thanks folks. I'm first time traveller so appreciate any advice. Travelling over for all 5 test. Travelling alone so again any advice greatly appreciated
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 10:58 on 8th May 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Here's another cost saving tip... steer clear of the dog bastard pokies. must have done a fair few hundred bucks on them last time, madness. haven't played a fruitie in england for over a decade cos I don't know how to play them, but pokies don't require any knowledge just press press press. Managed to book up 5 nights in some godforsaken hostel in Melbourne but only a miles walk from the ground - about fifteen bucks a night. Train M to Syd about hundred quid i reckon. If I can go teetotal for the morning session, few scoops at lunch then smuggle booze in afterward I might get away with not too much spending money. flights sorted for nine hundred quid and have budgeted about four hundred quid for match tickets. So if I can keep it down to hundred bucks a day on frivolities then it shouldn't be too bad, I'd spunk away fifty odd quid a day in england over christmas anyway. NOticed the pound has strengthened from 1.43 to 1.52 in the last month. Long may it continue would be a real bonus if we could get 1.6 or 1.7 come christmas.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 11:25 on 8th May 2013

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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bishbash Wrote:
Here's another cost saving tip... steer clear of the dog bastard pokies. must have done a fair few hundred bucks on them last time, madness. haven't played a fruitie in england for over a decade cos I don't know how to play them, but pokies don't require any knowledge just press press press.


Since pokies don't require any knowledge to play, I always wondered what so many Australians found so appealing about them. Then after meeting a few Australians I quickly began to understand.

Seriously though, in Adelaide in 2006, there were people handing out leaflets advertising free jumbo hot dogs that were being given away every day outside the big casino just over the bridge from the ground. They were the usual rancid-tasting Australian beef sausages, but with enough onions and ketchup could be made to taste almost edible if you happened to be drunk enough, which I was. Literally thousands took advantage, over the 5 days, many managing to go back for seconds and (if really brave) thirds. I was expecting the company providing the freebies to be using them to give the hard sell to some of their products, but nothing of the kind was in evidence. Mystified, I asked one of the people doing the cooking who was paying for all this.

"That lot in there," he replied. I peered through the window of the casino and saw large numbers of people feeding pokies and playing roulette, indirectly (or perhaps even directly) paying for my dinner. I think that ought to tell you everything you need to know about gambling, or at least those forms of it anyway.
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 15:30 on 8th May 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
Posts: 517
I hope to still make it to randwick races mind. Just a shame Black Caviar's decided to retire.
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Bikini
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 05:11 on 9th May 2013

Joined: 00:15 on 17th Jun 2008
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I have booked all of my internal flights around aus on a wide range of airlines. There are some great deals inc $250~ to perth from brisbane and back to sydney (I am missing Ade and spending xmas in Syd)
there are deals on tiger air at present for $39 each way melb - syd im flying xmas day down and NYE back.
As mentioned in many posts here backpakers are good a option, if alone and not to worries check couch surfing too, I did that in Perth 06-07 and spent nothing. also a newer one I think called air B&B is were you can rent flats at a cheap rate.
Little creatures has been sold off to a larger company in recent years but still tastes amazing!
Sunday sessions at the cott' near perth is always fun!!!
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 15:48 on 9th May 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Cheers Bikini I've just booked up, was 72 dollars by the time i've paid to put a bag in the hold and booking fee and seat reservation, still under fifty quid is a result, I had budgetted around a ton for a bus/train. Some of the advice on here has proper saved me some money. Btw I booked in this hostel for Melbourne...

www.hostelbookers.com/property/prp/9528 ... t/5/ppl/1/

Travellers Trax @ the barley corn, only £12 a night and it is walking distance from the stadium. It might be real grotty but I've booked in for the 5 days and paid 10% deposit, but can get that back if I cancel. So good to go except match tickets, I've budgeted about £400 for the MCG and SCG tickets - 8 x £50 (or $75) does that sound reasonable?
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MrMat
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 18:49 on 9th May 2013

Joined: 16:47 on 15th Jul 2008
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bishbash Wrote:
Cheers Bikini I've just booked up, was 72 dollars by the time i've paid to put a bag in the hold and booking fee and seat reservation, still under fifty quid is a result, I had budgetted around a ton for a bus/train. Some of the advice on here has proper saved me some money. Btw I booked in this hostel for Melbourne...

http://www.hostelbookers.com/property/p ... t/5/ppl/1/

Travellers Trax @ the barley corn, only £12 a night and it is walking distance from the stadium. It might be real grotty but I've booked in for the 5 days and paid 10% deposit, but can get that back if I cancel. So good to go except match tickets, I've budgeted about £400 for the MCG and SCG tickets - 8 x £50 (or $75) does that sound reasonable?


Last time round i paid about $32 a day for Melbourne (£20) and around £40 a day in Sydney. Total £240. Bear in mind cheapest seats available but MCG ones were lower tier and decent spots each day.
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Costs
PostPosted: 17:34 on 12th May 2013

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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Is the turf bar an expensive pub? Arent there some cheaper pubs or even a pub with a happy hour that splinter groups visit? Presumably the entire BA cant fit in one pub.
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