• Posted:Thursday, July 9, 2009
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by cheap travel
What many consider to be one of the world's greatest sporting occasions got underway in Cardiff this week, as England and holders Australia clash in cricket's Ashes series. Whatever your opinion of the sport, if you're in either country at the moment it's going to be pretty hard to ignore over the next few weeks as they battle it out for the famous urn.

Now I'm far from the world's greatest cricket fan, so why am I even bringing it up? Well, I'm always on the lookout for cheap travel options to aid in my backpacking adventures so I thought I'd tip you off on one that's been inspired by the Ashes.

British Airways and Qantas are teaming up to offer special discounts, based on the score of the second Test, which starts on July 16th. The typical fare from England to Australia is £730 - not exactly a budget option, but I'd still recommend going if you can as it's an amazing country.

Under the offer, however, tickets will cost whatever Australia's first innings score is. So if they score 250, you pay £250 (there is a minimum return fare of £125 though). How many of them are going to be available, I hear you ask. Well, that depends on the hosts' score - 400 runs means 400 seats, 500 runs means 500 seats.

As cheap travel promotions go, I reckon it's one of the more exciting ones I've heard of and it certainly adds a bit of bite to the sport! Simon Brooks, consumer sales manager at British Airways, couldn't resist the obvious pun as he said: "If it's anything like the previous Ashes, we expect to be bowled over with interest from customers! The Ashes is a highlight in the sporting calendar and now there's an extra reason to get behind your team."

Sam Buckley
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