Today we bought our aeroplane tickets back to Australia for December-January, after a weekend of research and planning (for both the cheapest tickets, and how we were actually best going to pay for ’em).

In the end, we had a good deal from Austravel which Dee printed took into Flightcenter to see if they could beat. It was with Cathay Pacific, each leg was 11hrs and we had 6 hours in Hong Kong to see a few quick sites (e.g. giant Buddha statues).

When she got there, they couldn’t match it — the Austravel booking system was down. So Dee spoke to them on the phone and found out that the price we were quoted was for August only … and we’re one day into September! Bollocks!

Luckily, the Flightcenter people were nice and agreed to beat the “new” best Austravel price. They also looked around for some other options … and so we’re not going to Hong Kong anymore!

Instead, we’re flying Korean Air via Seoul. Again, 11 hour legs (not too bad providing we can sleep). Better yet, because the flights don’t connect on the way home, we’re getting put up in a 5-star hotel in Seoul! We get in at night, stay at the hotel, and have until probably lunchtime to check out some of Korea.

Fun!