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Ok so this is technically not a deal but Ive been meaning to post this for sometime, and this if for those who are unaware you can do this. Having been to NZ and Australia a few times I was impress… Read More
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7y, 5m agoFound 7 years, 5 months ago
Ok so this is technically not a deal but Ive been meaning to post this for sometime, and this if for those who are unaware you can do this.

Having been to NZ and Australia a few times I was impressed that I managed to find money off flights by simply paying in a different currency and using other expedia websites.

E.g.

Flight departing 22/09/10 returning 08/10/10 - London Heathrow to Wellington.

Cheapest flights available:

Expedia.co.uk = 856 pounds
Expedia.com.au = 770 pounds
Expedia.co.nz = 720 pounds
Expedia.ca = 767 pounds
Expedia.com = 794 pounds
Qantas UK = 851 pounds
Air New Zealand (UK site) = 855 pounds

In the examples they are not all the same flights but many are. So by using a different expedia website I could potentially save 130 pounds.

Cons:
Some banks will charge you for paying in a different currency. Mine did not and I was simply billed the exchange rate of the day.

To amend flights you must ring customer services in the country you book, I found this was not a problem when needing to change my flights, and in certain situations the fees were cheaper.

Expedias website countries.......United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, India, New-Zealand, Japan (cannot find english translation of site)

I hope this helps somebody. It just saved my friend over a hundred pounds. :-)

For those not finding significant savings make sure you check each website (although I expect all the Euro websites to be the same). You are not guarenteed to find it cheaper, expedia.co.uk might actually have the lowest price but its worth a check. As I said before, some sites will give you different flights/options. Good luck.

http://www.xe.com/ is good for currency exchange rates.
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#1
Voted hot - it's a potential money saving idea that I didn'r know existed.

Many thanks Mattbee12
#2
heat and rep added
#3
Thanks guys. And just to add the flights don't have to be going to or from NZ or Aus, you can find savings on most flights, some small some big :thumbsup: I think paying in NZ Dollars is the best bargain at the moment but obviously keep an eye on the exchange rates.
#4
Cheers, might be off to Oz at some point, good to know.
#5
a fantastic timely coincidence as i am just about to book flights to oz for 6 of us
#6
ra2000
Voted hot - it's a potential money saving idea that I didn'r know existed.

Many thanks Mattbee12


x 2 :)
#7
thinking more about this - I presume this would also work for hotels / car hire etc with Expedia ?
#8
Flew LHR->NYC this year on the mega cheap expedia.au flights that were on here just over a year ago.

£650 for a family of 4 from EDI->LHR->NYC return. Obviously you'll never get those prices, but no problem with booking via Expedia.au
#9
H&R added. Great idea. Book flights to NZ every year or 2 to visit the family and have never thought of this. Cheers!
1 Like #10
Let us know if you save any money by booking this way. Its always good to show off your deal :-)

And I presume it will work for hotels and cars ra2000. Never booked hotels through expedia. More research needed I think.
#11
dont you have to have your billing address in that country?
#12
lews
dont you have to have your billing address in that country?


Nope.
#13
would this work for flights to new york? i did try getting a price in dollars for tickets but they worked out the same:(
#14
Nearly all documents and confirmations are emailed by expedia and not posted. Therefore it really does make no difference which site you book it through. As said its only in customer service where you will notice a difference.

Car hire and hotels seem to be hit and miss. Oddly each different site gives you different options and results therefore its hard to compare. Some hotels came up a few pounds cheaper, as did some car results, but not all. So I guess its a case of compare them all, book the cheapest. Not really too much effort to check them.
#15
GR8 thanks.
1 Like #16
aj1soad
would this work for flights to new york? i did try getting a price in dollars for tickets but they worked out the same:(


should knock a wee bit off e.g.

Return: from £577 - Expedia Special Fare

08:45 Depart London (LGW)
Arrive Chicago (ORD) 15:20 Mon 1-Mar
Duration: 12hr 35mn Aer Lingus 231 / 125
Connect in Dublin (DUB)


Return: NZ$1,193.20 inclusive of all taxes and fees = £540


08:45 Depart London (LGW)
Arrive Chicago (ORD) 15:20 Mon 1-Mar
Duration: 12hr 35mn Aer Lingus 231 / 125
Connect in Dublin (DUB)

Sorry my example is Chicago, but theres less airports there so easier to compare! lol
#17
So the only extra this might cost me is bank fee for £ to $? And i would not need to change anything at all?

Anyone know if Nationwide still have free overseas fees?
1 Like #18
Works a treat with hotels - looked at same New York hotel I'm likely to stay this summer (as I did last summer) and found the UK site charges £85/night , NZ site charges NZ188 (£94/night) and Expedia.com (USA) charges US$99 (£64/night) so saving £21 night.

Likely to stay for 4 nights, so £84 saving just for booking through another site !

Many thanks chaps - have some rep !
#19
ra2000 yay!
#20
Mr Hunter
So the only extra this might cost me is bank fee for £ to $? And i would not need to change anything at all?

Anyone know if Nationwide still have free overseas fees?


I`m sure they now charge a small fee for the more less frquent and further afiled places like Thailand etc. I`m sure Spain, France, Portugal etc are still free.Should be on there website. If not I can always check my little booklet if you want to know about a specific country. Just can`t be bothered getting it out just now.

Back on topic.
Good post.
Will need to look into this as just booked flights to Thailand.
#21
Mr Hunter
So the only extra this might cost me is bank fee for £ to $? And i would not need to change anything at all?

Anyone know if Nationwide still have free overseas fees?


Nationwide continues to offer "commission-free" foreign transactions.

"Commission-free" means that we do not add any additional charges for exchanging currency which are designed to generate profit for the Society. We do, however, pass on any fee we incur from our card scheme providers for processing transactions in certain currencies (generally those outside of the European Economic Area and Turkey and Israel) other than sterling.

The fee is currently 1.00% and it will be included in the sterling amount shown on your statement
banned#22
you could have told me about this 3 days ago?? anyway.. thanks
#23
Got flights for 5 of us to LHR-MCO (florida) last year for £950 from expedia.au thanks to a deal on here, never had any problems at all booking and travelling.
#24
Just checked mine (las vegas) and the .co.uk works out cheaper (few £) than the .com,.nz.au ones

Shame, thanks anyway
#25
tryed looking for flights from manchester to newar on expedia.com.au and i got £417. got £418 from the uk one do not saving much:(
#26
I booked cheap flights a year ago to New York using Zuji.au so its not just Expedia. Everything was done via email and it worked a treat.
#27
What bank are you with mattbee12? Getting some really good prices on the Indian equivalent :) thanks so much H&R added x
#28
Expedias website countries.......United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Australia, India, New-Zealand, Japan

If you can read Japanese please let us know what the prices are like on their website :-)

My bank is Natwest.

For those not finding significant savings make sure you check each website (although I expect all the Euro websites to be the same). You are not guarenteed to find it cheaper, expedia.co.uk might actually have the lowest price but its worth a check. As I said before, some sites will give you different flights/options. Good luck.

If anyone comes across any codes/vouchers for the 'foreign' expedias feel free to post! ;-)
#29
WalterSmith
Flew LHR->NYC this year on the mega cheap expedia.au flights that were on here just over a year ago.

£650 for a family of 4 from EDI->LHR->NYC return. Obviously you'll never get those prices, but no problem with booking via Expedia.au



Snap! Oh happy days....thoughts of Easter 09 in NYC make me all warm and tingly inside.

GAWD BLESS HDUK :-D
#30
a few years ago the AU one was even cheaper, people were getting dirt cheap flights but some had problems. Search MSE and you will see threads on using these.
#31
Gets my early votefor tip of the year!
#32
jnm21
Gets my early votefor tip of the year!


+1 gr8 find and idea sharing! cheers,
#33
very good post m8.
definately HOT and reputation added!
u deserve getting maxed out with reps here!!!!! well done m8:thumbsup:
banned#34
You can avoid the currency surcharges on most credit cards by using a Santander Zero Mastercard (formerly Abbey) or Post Office Mastercard. Many banks charge about 3% commission on the exchange rate: on a pair of tickets to NZ that will be about £45.

http://www.postoffice.co.uk/portal/po/jump1?catId=19400177&mediaId=34100665&RMGPOPPC=credit_cards
http://www.santander.co.uk/csgs/Satellite?canal=CABBEYCOM&cid=1210610544537&empr=Abbeycom&leng=en_GB&pagename=Abbeycom%2FPage%2FWC_ACOM_TemplateB2

Both cards are offering 3 months at 0% APR at the moment, so you can stooze the money for your flights in a savings account for a while.
#35
just did some quotes,

me and my 7yr old worked out about the same price for london to sydney during school holidays in july.

worked out £900 x2=£1800, uk site and NZ site :(
£1050 au site :(
£1100 ca site :(

a few days ago i think i found a site in UK at £1700 for the both of us! cant remember which site tho.

good luck the rest of u ;-)
#36
I booked on the deal last year mis print flew to lax from LHR for £135, INfact it turned out to be fest flight to La

But remebe!!!r if you have to cancel trip insurance wont pay out, Well on a lot of companies as booked outside of UK just a wored of caution, its one excuse they can use.

I know i looked into it to get SAFI insurance incase airline went bust but it was not covered if booked outside of uK
#37
Weirdest thing is we had a family discussion about the possibility of this working just last night at a restaurant!
Thanks for the heads up!!
#38
If you are planning a trip to Aus/NZ during our school summer hols then you should see lower prices if you can travel from 11th August onwards. Certainly with BA. Sub 800 anyway.

http://www.jetabroad.com.au/ another nice site. Paypal payments!!
banned#39
Just one word of caution: on the Expedia.co.au site you will find this at the bottom of the page:
Expedia.com.au is operated by US-based Expedia, Inc. While, Expedia, Inc is not currently eligible for a travel agent’s licence in Australia or to participate in the Travel Compensation Fund, our services are backed by the resources of the world’s largest online travel company.

Compare & contrast with the statement on the UK site:

Holidays created by you on Expedia.co.uk which include air travel are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL number 5788. For all tour operator holidays booked through Expedia.co.uk you will be protected by the relevant tour operator's ATOL. Please refer to the tour operator's terms and conditions for details of their ATOL protection. Travel commencing in the Republic of Ireland to destinations outside the Republic of Ireland are protected under license by the Commission for Aviation Regulation in Ireland, Travel Agent Licence No. 0671 - Expiry Date 31 October 2010.

I'd be quite happy to book tickets from the Aussie site but I would certainly pay using a CREDIT CARD and take out holiday insurance as soon as I booked.
#40
Mr Hunter
Just checked mine (las vegas) and the .co.uk works out cheaper (few £) than the .com,.nz.au ones


If you haven't already looked at priceline.com, you can often get good deals in Vegas hotels by bidding on there (assuming you don't need to be in a particular hotel or a very specific location).

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