Deal Alert: Flights to Australia From $532 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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
Air Canada currently has incredible deals from a variety of US cities to Melbourne, Australia. While Sydney is a more well-known destination, I was pleasantly surprised by my trip to Melbourne and the amazing sights surrounding it when I visited in December 2017. Here's some of what you'll find in Melbourne's state of Victoria:
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. Then, click through to the airline or online travel agency (OTA) to book the deal. When I tried a few examples in my searches, only Priceline was pricing out this deal correctly.
Airlines: Air Canada
Routes: LAX/SFO/SEA/DEN/LGA/ATL to MEL
Cost: $532+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February 2018 - March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance) 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 $532 round-trip on Air Canada:
San Francisco (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) for $532 round-trip on Air Canada:
Seattle (SEA) to Melbourne (MEL) for $563 round-trip on Air Canada:
Denver (DEN) to Melbourne (MEL) for $563 round-trip on Air Canada:
New York's LaGuardia (LGA) to Melbourne (MEL) for $584 round-trip on Air Canada:
Atlanta (ATL) to Melbourne (MEL) for $623 round-trip on Air Canada:
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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier, Citi Prestige (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.