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Spotted: $618 Australia to Europe return flights

AIRPORT PHUKET, PHUKET, THAILAND – 2018/03/20: Scoot Airbus 320 seen here on final at Phuket airport, Thailand. (Photo by Fabrizio Gandolfo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Australians dreaming of a European holiday could do it on the cheap if they act quickly, with $618 return flights found to be on sale.

The flights, according to Scott’s Cheap Flights spotter service, take off from Perth and arrive in Athens, then back to Perth.

The big catch is that the cheap seats are with budget airline Scoot, meaning that additional fees apply if check-in luggage is required. But Australians willing to travel light could book an absolute bargain European journey.

Yahoo Finance has confirmed the existence of the $618 flights through searching on the Google Flights aggregation engine. The price can be found for some date combinations on February, March and April.

Google Flights screenshot (Image: Yahoo Finance)

Normally a return ticket from Australia to Europe can cost from $1,300 upwards. For example, for a trip flying out on February 15 and returning on March 9, Scoot is selling seats for $618 while full-service airlines Qantas and Emirates are selling for $1,383.

Scott’s Cheap Flights warned that these fares “could disappear anytime, even within a few hours” so if optimistic travellers are unable to find the price after looking through various date combinations, the chances are those seats have sold out.

The bargain fares come after Cathay Pacific this week accidentally sold business class seats from Vietnam to North America, worth as much as $23,000, for as low as $964. The airline, while not under any obligation to honour the tickets, agreed to admit the passengers as a gesture of goodwill.

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