Europe Trip

By Fly&Inspire | Sep 10, 2018, 07:03 AM
Hi There,

First post :)

Im planning a trip to Europe but don't know whether to book a multi city (Eg. Arrive at Berlin and travel through Europe, then depart at Amsterdam to go home) or book a return ticket (Eg Sydney to London Via Perth Or Singapore).

If I book a return ticket from Sydney to London, Is it possible to re-enter the Uk to fly home?

My plan is to arrive in London, stay for 1-2 days, journey forward then return to London to end the trip.

I hope everything makes sense.

John
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By Greg84 | Sep 10, 2018, 09:16 AM
If you hold an Australian passport you can pretty much go in & out of the European countries as much as you like. Multi-city flights sometimes work well, you don't back track. We've done both - arrived London, departed Rome after 3 weeks or another time circled back & left London. Doesn't really matter, but there is a big departure tax on the U.K. as such can be cheaper flying from the continent.
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By whoppersandwich | Sep 10, 2018, 10:58 AM
Even if you don’t have an Aussie passport, a lot of those countries allow visa free entry for a nominal fee similar to the American ESTA.
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By MRYJDrake | Sep 10, 2018, 03:22 PM
I'd say have a chat to a travel agent who can take all of your circumstances into consideration. Someone like Roundabout travel who specialize in RTW flights might be your best bet.
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By PB57 | Sep 10, 2018, 06:21 PM
Ditto the other comments. We often enter one European port and exit another to come home. Most recently entered London and departed from Madrid. Have previously entries have included Dublin and St Petersburg (and then catching train to Helsinki). Other exit ports after entry into London have included Rome, Barcelona and Zurich. It all works very well.
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By Andrew Barkery | Sep 11, 2018, 04:58 PM
Also, if you are very keen on QF points and QF SC, then look into flying QF all the way, or even better go with EK and go into a smaller city in the UK than LHR.
OR go via DXB, and then into a city in Europe, but not flying into the UK, but using rail or bus from say, CDG to the UK via the tunnel.
Flying esp out of the UK, you do have to pay the APD, not much on Y tickets, but can be pricey on premY or J or F tickets.
If I were doing it, I might go, say, SYD/BKK with EK metal but QF flight number, just to visit BKK, then BKK - DXB - CDG/FRA, and then land transport, then back again via CDG/FRA back to Aust.
Sorry for the smart codes.
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By Andrew Barkery | Sep 11, 2018, 05:39 PM
Take the 6am SYD - DXB flight, with EK metal but with QF flight number, gets to DXB about 13.20, out again at 14.35 from DXB - FRA, (yes, I know its a long way from FRA to the UK, but can be done), the APD is saved, ie, you don't have to pay if you fly back to Aust via the same routing.
Both these flights, on the way there, carry the QF flight number, so you will earn full QF points and QF SC.
From FRA, you can rail or bus it towards the Chunnel Tunnel, go over to the UK by road, do what you have to do, and then back by road, to FRA, for your flight back.
In Y, your QF points and QF SC earn will not be very high, but should be enough to start you up the status ladder.
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By Fly&Inspire | Sep 11, 2018, 09:41 PM
Thanks for the reply everyone, much appreciated :)
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By DAREng | Sep 12, 2018, 07:53 PM
Fly&Inspire, I have just returned from very short trip to LHR, my experience is fly with QF through Singapore and return through Dubai with EK. The return flight with QF through Singapore results in 2 night flights which I find very uncomfortable. The day flight from LHR to DXB is very pleasant around 7 hours arriving early evening. Stay a night or 2 in Dubai then take the 9.05am flight to Sydney. EK First class and business is far improved on QF.
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