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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend that you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to travel. Additionally, keep in mind that discounted partner fares may not earn miles with US-based carriers.
Several airlines are competing heavily on the US to South Pacific routes. We are seeing availability from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Fransisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL), Auckland (AKL) and possibly more cities. Flights at this price are available starting in August and go through the end of schedule in May, with the Christmas period being blacked out. With this deal, it’s possible to fly on American, Delta, United, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Qantas (all of the major carriers flying to the South Pacific).
Airline: American, Delta, United, Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin Australia
Routes: LAX and SFO to AKL, BNE, MEL and SYD
Cost: $682+ round-trip in economy
Dates: August 2016 – May 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz
Pay With: American Express Premier Rewards Gold, Citi Prestige or Chase Sapphire Preferred
Here are some examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) for $682 round-trip on American in November:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney for $737 round-trip on Delta in November:
San Francisco (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) for $743 round-trip on American and Qantas in October:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $737 round-trip on United in November:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
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H/T: The Flight Deal.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
|Intro APR||Regular APR||Annual Fee||Foreign Transaction Fee||Credit Rating|
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