The abundance of promotions and special offers for cheap trips to Australia may make it more affordable for a holiday down under. Air travel to Australia, especially for low-season travel – May and August through mid-September – is affordable compared to other long-haul destinations such as Asia and Eastern Europe.
Non-stop flights to Australia depart from Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you live in other parts of the United States, you will first have to travel to California.
In the past few years, flights to Australia have increased as existing airlines have added flights and new airlines have started service on this route. This is good news for travelers – increased competition has led to lower airfares to Australia.
When searching for the cheapest flights to Australia, you'll find that airlines usually have the lowest prices. But when airlines try to fill seats on their planes and offer a special short-term promotion, their prices cannot be beat. Always check prices on airlines that fly to Australia before buying your tickets.
Airlines Flying to Australia:
Qantas, the Australian airline, offers the largest aircraft and most flights. With non-stop daily flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco, Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers codeshare flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Qantas website frequently features low-season flight offers, upgrades including a "free" flight to a city within Australia, and special offers on Aussie AirPass. If you are a member of American Airlines Aadvantage, you can earn Miles Points by traveling to and within Australia on Qantas.
VAustralia, the latest addition to the Virgin Airlines Group, operates non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connectivity flights are available from other US cities in Virgin America and Delta. VAustralia also offers some flights departing from San Francisco.
Their aircraft are on a new Australia route, specially decorated in Australian style and feature comfortable seats for long trips. VAustralia's website matches the special offers provided by Qantas for cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer special offers for flights packages that include other destinations within Australia.
Delta began flying to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after service began on this route, Delta entered into a code-sharing agreement with Virgin Airlines Group, Virginia, for international flights, and its sister company Virgin Blue, for domestic flights within Australia.
Delta SkyMiles members who have access to the club can use VirginBlue Airport Premium Lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally on Delta or VAustralia.
United fly to Sydney from Los Angeles and San Francisco, with links from other cities in the United States. United's Sales website rarely encourages sales of special offers on these flights. United do not fly inside Australia.
Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, but flights stop in Auckland first. This adds several hours to the total flight time to Australia. Their prices are very competitive.
Many Asian airlines also offer multiple flights to Australia. These flights tend to be much more expensive than non-stop flights in Qantas, Australia, Delta or United.
Travelers, whose comfort and luxury are more important than price and long nonstop flights, should consider traveling east to reach Australia. For the most part, flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Air Singapore has a non-stop daily flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two non-stop flights daily from JFK and non-stop flights from Houston and Los Angeles) And San Francisco) with your holiday in Australia.