Deal alert: Australia and New Zealand from $680 round-trip
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Now's the time to book travel for autumn Down Under in Australia or New Zealand with fares as low as $680 round-trip.
The best rates originate out of California's two biggest hubs: Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some of these routes have long layovers in Fiji, which might be a fun way to check out a bonus country.
To find a deal, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or an OTA like Orbitz or Expedia.
Airline: Alaska, Qantas, American, Fiji Airways, Delta, Virgin Australia
Routes: SFO/LAX to SYD/MEL/BNE/AKL/CHC
Cost: from $680 round-trip
Dates: March-November 2020
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Here are some examples of specific flights that are available:
San Francisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD) for $680 round-trip on Fiji Airways via Expedia:
San Francisco (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) for $684 round-trip on Fiji Airways via Vayama:
San Francisco (SFO) to Christchurch (CHC) for $686 round-trip on Fiji Airways via Vayama:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) for $686 round-trip nonstop on Alaska/Qantas/American via Google:
San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL) for $688 round-trip on Fiji via Google:
San Francisco (SFO) to Brisbane (BNE) for $688 round-trip on Fiji via Vayama:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $692 round-trip nonstop on Virgin America/Delta via Vayama:
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