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Deal alert: Fly American to Australia and New Zealand from $751 round trip

Aug. 08, 2022
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Australia and New Zealand are officially in play for travelers looking to plan an ambitious trip to the southern hemisphere.

Both long-haul destinations are available at substantially lower prices than usual right now. New Zealand has spent the past few months getting its tourism game back on track after closing its borders for two years, so the timing of this sale works out quite well.

The sale includes routes to Auckland and Sydney from U.S. departure cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We found round-trip fares in the low $800s, and even one nonstop to Australia for $751.

This deal is for economy fares, but you get one free checked bag with your carry-on on American. Upgrading to a main cabin ticket will cost you $60 each way, so packing light will save you money. As we always suggest, reach out to the airline or check online for the carrier's baggage policy before you book your itinerary.

The best availability for this sale is for travel between October and December of this year, with the Thanksgiving holiday included on some routes.

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Cheers to Scott’s Cheap Flights for letting us know about this deal. Its Premium membership is available for $49 per year, while the Elite tier option is available for $199 per year. The latter offers access to deals on premium economy, business- and first-class tickets.

As always, be as flexible with your travel plans as possible, as it'll typically help you find better prices.

Deal basics

Airline: American.
Routes: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco and others to Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand.
How to book: Search Google Flights and book directly with the airline.
Travel dates: October through December 2022; some routes include Thanksgiving.

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Okahu Bay in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by denizunlusu/Getty Images)

Related: The ultimate drinking guide to Auckland, New Zealand

Sample flights

American has flights out of New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Auckland Airport (AKL) in November for as low as $892 round trip. We saw lots of availability for this route at this price range. Even better, we saw several itineraries with only one layover (in Dallas) each way. And as noted above, this ticket gives you a free carry-on and one free checked bag.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)
(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

American has flights to Auckland from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) in November for the same price. If you live in Boston, November is really your best shot to score a sub-$1,000 ticket to New Zealand as availability has dried up in October and December.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

We found sale fares from Chicago to Auckland available in November and December. You can enjoy Thanksgiving in New Zealand by booking this route from O'Hare International Airport (ORD) to Auckland.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)
(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

What about the fares to Australia, you ask? If you live in Atlanta, you can score a great deal right now. American has tickets from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) to Sydney Airport (SYD) in early November for $820 round trip.

This is a huge savings from normal prices. The catch is that you have two stops on the return flight, but this is still a sweet deal.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Chicago to Sydney is also available for $820 round trip in November. Like the Atlanta itinerary, this route has two stops on the return leg.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

The epic deals extend to west coast cities, too. You can book an American ticket from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Sydney in late October for $816 round trip, a significant discount from normal prices.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

We'll end with a nonstop flight on American from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Sydney in late October for only $751. That's an incredible price.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Even better, we spotted this deal throughout November, including the Thanksgiving holiday.

(Screenshot from google.com/flights)

Related: From Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef: What it's like traveling around Australia right now

Maximize your purchase

Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express for 5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel (on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), the Citi Prestige® Card for 5 points per dollar on airfare, the Citi Premier® Card or Chase Sapphire Reserve for 3 points per dollar on air travel, the American Express® Gold Card for 3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card for 2 points per dollar on travel.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

These are unusually low fares to two places that appeal to a variety of travelers. Whether you're interested in outdoor adventure or simple sightseeing and taking in local culture, Australia and New Zealand won't disappoint.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits.
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