Should I book return flight from Australia or overseas for better price?

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am totally confused in terms of booking one way flight or return.

The story is that :

During 2012 till 2014 I was living in Australia, whenever I wanted to visit my homeland back in Iran I was always booking a return flight from Iran, I mean Tehran (IKA) to Brisbane (BNE) and then Brisbane to Tehran (I did that by one-off one way flight from BNE to Tehran and then I was always booking flight with departure from Iran. Yes , I might need to change the date of BNE to IKA for my next holiday but the fee was not so high (something between $50 to $100).

I was doing all that since the return flight from Australia was always over $2000 but the same flight from Iran I was able to book with even sometimes $800 less.

BTW, from 2014 till now I live in Iran, now that I wanna come back to OZ after a while , I am totally confused as sometimes the return flight from OZ was cheaper! and as before for some other dates was more expensive.

Did something happened during the years I was absent in OZ? What do you suggest guys as I have two options:

1- book one way flight from IKA to BNE and then whenever I wanna visit family I book a return flight from OZ.

2- book return flight from Iran , and possibly change the date of flight from BNE to IKA later on.

My main question:

Does the return flight from OZ to Middle East (Iran) is more expensive than same flight on the same date from Middle East to OZ ? (myself couldn’t find a correlation for this, there was a correlation back in 2012 as I mentioned though.)

Thank you for your time and consideration guys. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

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I would suggest comparing on websites like Google Flights or Skyscanner. Also take into account the cost to make changes to your flights. Usually you have to pay the fare difference too on top of change fees.

  • Hi,

    Thank you for your reply mate.

    I have searched a lot and I found contradictions, that’s why I am totally confused.

    (The below results are average pricing from Google Flight, SkyScanner and Momondo)

    For instance, for a return flight from IKA to BNE , 10 Dec to 17 March, with Etihad is around USD 1450 while from BNE in the same dates ,same airline and same flight numbers is around USD1700. So it seems return flights departing from OZ is more expensive.

    On the other hand, for a return flight from IKA to BNE , 10 Feb to 17 March, with Etihad is around USD 1450 while from BNE in the same dates ,same airline and same flight numbers is around USD1050. So it seems return flights departing from OZ is cheaper!

    (Please note that in either outbound or inbound of both scenarios , there is one domestic leg with Virgin)

    I am trying to find a rule of thumb so that I can plan my trips and decide to always buy the tickets departing from Iran or from OZ! I am not successful till now though.

  • It seems you are quick savvy at comparing prices yourself. I do apologise that I don’t know of any rule of thumb that governs the trends you are looking for. FX are rather dynamic and sales come and go.

    Personally, I would continue to do what you are currently doing. When you need to book, check different websites, direction of travel and change the location/currency from which you are booking from. It has been known that booking certain airline tickets from certain countries/currency yield cheaper price overall.

    If you are booking with credit card that charges FX fee, do take that into account.

    On some airlines, booking 2 one way tickets are equal or similar to return. You also get to be charged by the currency at the departing country. Sometimes it works in your favour, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • Thank you for your advice buddy, cheers

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Any other frequent flyer professional has any kind of advice for me?

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