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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 major US cities are on sale. You can book your 2019 trip to the other side of the world for just $581 round-trip. Departures are available from Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR), Chicago (ORD), Dallas (DFW), Denver (DEN), Washington D.C. (IAD) and San Fransisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD), Melbourne (MEL) and Brisbane (BNE). You’ll be flying on a full-service carrier, either American, Qantas or United, where you’ll enjoy a free checked bag, seat selection and food.
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.
Airlines: American, Qantas, United
Routes: LAX/EWR/ORD/DFW/DEN/IAD/SFO to SYD/MEL/BNE
Cost: $581+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February – September 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus excellent trip delay insurance), Citi Premier Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve Card, 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 Sydney (SYD) for $581 round-trip nonstop on United:
Newark (EWR) to Melbourne (MEL) for $637 round-trip on United:
Newark (EWR) to Sydney (SYD) for $648 round-trip on United:
Chicago (ORD) to Melbourne (MEL) for $648 round-trip on Qantas/United:
Dallas (DFW) to Sydney (SYD) for $648 round-trip on United:
Denver (DEN) to Melbourne (MEL) for $648 round-trip on Qantas/American:
Washington D.C. (IAD) to Brisbane (BNE) for $649 round-trip on Qantas/United:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Sydney (SYD) for $689 round-trip on United:
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 Reserve Card, 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.
H/T: The Flight Deal
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