Deal Alert: Flights to New Zealand and Australia From $763 Round-Trip Nonstop
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 line-up the time away.
Air New Zealand is running a 72-hour special on flights between the US and New Zealand and Australia. While you can purchase flights directly through the airline for as little as $796 round-trip, you can book through Kayak for as little as $763 round-trip.
Meanwhile, American Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia are running specials from Los Angeles to Sydney also for as little as $763 round-trip nonstop.
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. Make sure to also search flights on Kayak to see if a cheaper fare is available.
Airline: Air New Zealand, Qantas, American Airlines, Virgin Australia
Routes: LAX/SFO to AKL/SYD
Cost: $763+ round-trip in economy
Booking Link: Kayak, Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), American Express® Gold Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Premier® Card, or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel).
Here are some examples of routes you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) for $763 round-trip nonstop via Kayak:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $763 round-trip nonstop on Qantas via Kayak:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL) for $794 round-trip nonstop via Air New Zealand:
San Francisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD) for $853 round-trip nonstop on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $853 round-trip nonstop via American Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $853 round-trip nonstop on Virgin Australia via Expedia:
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, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.