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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.

If you missed out on last week’s sub-$600 round-trip fares to Australia, consider this serendipitous luck: We’re now seeing round-trip fares to the country starting at $474 from the United States, and that even includes a few nonstop options from Los Angeles (LAX). Plus there’s a smattering of other airports with sub-$800 deals to Australia, including availability in the US summer when many kids are out of school.

In case you need more convincing, here’s our trip-spiration video about the 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 book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airline: American Airlines, Delta, United, Virgin Australia
Routes: ATL/ABE/CLT/DTW/LAX/MIA/MSP/PHL/PDX/PHX/SLC/SFO/SJC/SEA and likely others to MEL/SYD/BNE
Cost: $474+ round-trip in economy
Dates: April through September 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card (3x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare), 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 $474 round-trip nonstop on United via Priceline:

Atlanta (ATL) to Sydney (SYD) for $677 round-trip on American Airlines via Priceline:

Philadelphia (PHL) to Sydney (SYD) for $677 round-trip on Delta via Priceline:

Miami (MIA) to Sydney (SYD) for $683 round-trip on Delta via Priceline:

Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) to Sydney (SYD) for $677 round-trip on American Airlines via Priceline:

Seattle (SEA) to Sydney (SYD) for $672 round-trip on American Airlines via Priceline:

Charlotte (CLT) to Brisbane (BNE) for $680 round-trip on Delta via Priceline:

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 on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare), 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.

When it comes to planning what you’ll do on the ground, we’ve got you covered. Check out a few of our Australia guides below.

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