Deal Alert: Flights to Australia From $519 Round-Trip — Including Nonstop Options
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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
Flights to Australia have dropped once again! United, Delta, American Airlines and their Australian partners Qantas and Virgin Australia are all competing to be the ones to fly you “down under.” The sub-$600 deals are from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), but there are also great fares from Oakland (OAK), Phoenix (PHX) and even all the way from New York’s Kennedy (JFK).
In case you need more convincing, here’s our trip-spiration video about the state of Victoria. I can tell you from personal experience having traveled to Australia that Melbourne and the surrounding area are worth the trip:
To search, 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 through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: United, Qantas, Delta, Virgin Australia, Hawaiian, American Airlines
Routes: LAX/SFO/PHX/OAK/JFK to MEL/SYD/BNE
Cost: $519+ round-trip in economy
Dates: February – September and November
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) for $519 round-trip nonstop on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) for $528 round-trip nonstop on Qantas:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $531 round-trip nonstop on Delta/Virgin Australia:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $531 round-trip nonstop on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Brisbane (BNE) for $535 round-trip on Virgin Australia:
San Francisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD) for $598 round-trip nonstop on United:
San Francisco (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) for $601 round-trip 1-stop on United:
Phoenix (PHX) to Sydney (SYD) for $640 round-trip on Hawaiian:
Oakland (OAK) to Sydney (SYD) for $654 round-trip on Hawaiian:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Sydney (SYD) for $658 round-trip one-stop on Delta:
New York Kennedy (JFK) to Sydney (SYD) for $667 round-trip one-stop on American Airlines:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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