Deal Alert: West Coast Cities to Australia From $625 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.
Australia awaits you. You can fly from the West Coast cities of Los Angeles (LAX), San Fransisco (SFO), San Diego (SAN), Seattle (SEA) and Las Vegas (LAS) to Melbourne (MEL) for as low as $625 round-trip. Flights include layovers and fees for checked baggage and seat selection. Make sure you’re using the right credit card to get around some of these pitfalls.
While you’re in Melbourne, make sure to optimize your use of points and miles by following our official city guide. And don’t miss out on the city’s impressive art scene! A TPG favorite spot you might want to check out is the National Gallery of Victoria, which contains the largest stained-glass ceiling in the world.
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: Air Canada
Routes: LAX/SFO/SAN/SEA/LAS to MEL
Cost: $625+ round-trip
Travel Dates: February 2019 – March 2019
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express® Gold Card, 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 $625 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
San Fransisco (SFO) to Melbourne (MEL) for $693 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
San Diego (SAN) to Melbourne (MEL) for $696 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Seattle (SEA) to Melbourne (MEL) for $696 round-trip on Air Canada via Priceline:
Las Vegas (LAS) to Melbourne (MEL) for $696 round-trip on Air Canada 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), 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.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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