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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.
United, Delta, American Airlines and their Australian partners Qantas and Virgin Australia are all competing to be the ones to fly you Down Under. These low-$500 deals are from Los Angeles (LAX), but there are also great fares from Denver (DEN) and Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) and Melbourne (MEL).
In case you need more convincing, here’s our trip-spiration video about the state of Victoria. I can tell you from personal experience that Melbourne and the surrounding area are worth the trip:
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 or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.
Airline: United, Qantas, American Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic
Routes: LAX/DEN/IAH to MEL/SYD
Cost: $517+ round-trip in economy
Dates: March – May and August – December
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, 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 $517 round-trip nonstop on United:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) for $524 round-trip nonstop on Qantas:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $529 round-trip nonstop on American Airlines:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Melbourne (MEL) for $564 round-trip nonstop on Virgin Australia via Delta:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Sydney (SYD) for $576 round-trip nonstop on Delta:
Denver (DEN) to Melbourne (MEL) for $708 round-trip 1-stop on Delta:
Denver (DEN) to Sydney (SYD) for $720 round-trip 1-stop on Delta:
Houston (IAH) to Melbourne (MEL) for $755 round-trip 1-stop on United via Priceline:
Houston (IAH) to Sydney (SYD) for $767 round-trip 1-stop on United 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 trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, 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.
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