We normally ignore individual group deals here at Lifehacker, because cheap restaurants and spas aren't really our focus. But this one might presage a new way of getting cheap flights: Scoopon will be offering a return Melbourne-Phuket flight on Strategic Airlines for $599 from midday today.
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The standard return fare on Strategic is around $1200, so that's a substantial saving. You don't have to nominate your travel date when buying, but you do need to use it within 12 months. According to the press release announcing the deal, the fare can be used on any date between 26 July and September 15 or October 25 to 18 December this year, and between 2 February and 25 March and 20 April and 31 May 2012. That excludes the major school holiday periods, so it won't suit everyone, but for anyone with a little flexibility, it might be worth considering.
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