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Round-trip flights for less than $1,000 to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

March 30, 2022
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With the country having recently reopened to vaccinated international travelers, flights to Australia these days are a hot commodity, which is why this deal is one to alert your attention to.

Although the deal fares are not quite as cheap as they were before the pandemic, round-trip tickets to Australia for less than $1,000 are still a deal, particularly ripe for travelers looking to head Down Under sooner rather than later.

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Deal basics

Sydney. (Photo by Michael Dunning/Getty Images)

Airlines: Air Canada, Virgin Australia.
Routes: Los Angeles; Boston; Cleveland; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; San Diego; and Atlanta to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
How to book: Browse Google Flights and then book directly through the airline.
Travel dates: July-September, though some routes have additional availability May-June.
Book by: One to two days.

Major kudos to Scott’s Cheap Flights for sending us this deal. Scott's Cheap Flights sends deals up to 90% off via its Premium membership, which users can try for free for 14 days and then $49 per year. You can also upgrade to the Elite tier for $199 per year and receive all the Premium deals plus premium economy, business-class and first-class alerts.

Sample flights

Unsurprisingly, the best availability of this class of round-trip flights to Australia is for travelers departing from the West Coast, though you can find fares from other parts of the country as well, to Sydney Airport (SYD), Brisbane Airport (BNE) and Melbourne Airport (MEL). Example routes included in this deal are:

  • Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix to Sydney, starting at $810.
  • Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix and Portland to Brisbane, starting at $819.
  • Portland to Melbourne, starting at $829.
  • San Diego to Melbourne, starting at $863.
  • Boston and Minneapolis to Sydney, starting at $967.
  • Atlanta and Minneapolis to Brisbane, starting at $976.
  • Cleveland and Detroit to Sydney, starting at $978.

Depending on where you're based and your Australian destination of choice, start your search on Google Flights, where I found a Boston-Sydney flight in late July for $967 round trip.

(Screenshot from Google Flights)

All of the flights included in this deal have at least one layover, such as 60-90 minutes in Vancouver, British Columbia, though even a short layover on a 20-plus-hour flight would be a welcome relief to stretch your legs.

The advertised Air Canada fares in this deal are for their standard economy fare type, which does not offer much beyond one carry-on and one checked bag, as both seat selection and extra legroom are extra.

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(Screenshot from Google Flights)

Though, rest assured, standard fares do include complimentary meals on international service.

(Screenshot from Air Canada)

Maximize your purchase

Don’t forget to use a card that earns bonus points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5 points per dollar on airfare booked directly with the airline or through American Express Travel, on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Citi Prestige® Card (5 points per dollar on airfare), Citi Premier® Card, Chase Sapphire Reserve (3 points per dollar on airfare), American Express® Gold Card (3 points per dollar on airfare when booked directly with the airline or through Amex Travel) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2 points per dollar on travel). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

The information for the Citi Prestige Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Bottom line

Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Kokkai Ng/Getty Images)

After two years, eager tourists can finally resume travel to Australia. That means this deal is likely to be gone soon, so be sure to book quickly.

Currently, only fully vaccinated travelers are eligible to visit Australia as tourists, and no predeparture test is required for entry as of April 17. Unvaccinated tourists must apply for exempted entry and must quarantine upon arrival.

Read more: It’s official: Australia is scrapping its pre-travel testing

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