Deal Alert: Flights to Australia in early 2021 from $665 round-trip
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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 from the West Coast are currently available from $665 round-trip starting in January 2021.
We’re seeing this deal on Hawaiian Airlines last well into March 2021. There’s also the option to take an extended layover in Honolulu (HNL) if you prefer to break up the long journey a bit. The only caveat with this deal is that you’ll have to book the tickets separately in order to get the lowest price.
Things to know before booking
Before buying any airline ticket in the current realities, understand the cancellation and rebooking policies for the carrier you book. Airlines have been adjusting their policies to be more friendly for future bookings, but what that means can vary from airline to airline, and the policies may differ depending on whether you used cash or miles.
Hawaiian’s current policy states that any tickets purchased through the end of May 2020 can be changed for up to a year from the original purchase date without any fees. Passengers cannot get a cash refund. If passengers rebook flights, they will have to pay the difference in fare between the original ticket and the new price.
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.
Airline: Hawaiian Airlines
Routes: LAX/SFO to SYD/MEL
Cost: $665+ total round-trip when booked separately
Dates: January – March 2021
Pay with: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel), Citi Prestige® Card (5x on airfare), Citi Premier℠ Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on airfare immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit), American Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)
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Here are a few examples of round-trip flights that are available with this sale:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $665 round-trip on Hawaiian Airlines:
San Francisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD) for $665 round-trip on Hawaiian 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), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, Citi Premier Card, Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this guide for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
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