An abundance of deals and special offers for cheap flights to Australia has made it much more affordable for Down Under Vacations. Airfare to Australia, especially for low season travel – the month of May and August to mid-September – is priced favorably 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 USA, you will have to first fly to California.
In recent 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 – the increased competition has brought down the prices of flights to Australia.
When looking for the cheapest flights to Australia, you will find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest prices. But when airlines try to occupy seats on their planes and offer a special short-term promotion, their prices can not be beat. Always check the prices on the airlines that fly to Australia before buying your tickets.
Airlines that fly to Australia:
Qantas, Australia's airline, offers the largest aircraft and most flights. With daily non-stop Los Angeles flights and less frequent San Francisco flights, Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers code-share flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect to Los Angeles and San Francisco flights.
The Qantas website often offers low-season flights, deals that include a "free" flight to a city in Australia and special offers on the Aussie AirPass. If you are a member of American Airlines Aadvantage, you can earn mileage points by flying to and within Australia on Qantas.
VAustralia, the newest addition to the Virgin Airlines Group, flies nonstop from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connecting flights are available in other US cities on Virgin America and Delta. VAustralia also offers some flights departing from San Francisco.
Their planes on the Australian route are new, custom, decorated with an Australian theme and feature comfortable seats for the long flight. The VAustralia website follows the special offers that Qantas offers for cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer special offers for flight packages that include other destinations in Australia.
Delta started flying to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after starting service on this route, Delta signed a code-sharing agreement with Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights and its VirginBlue airline, for domestic flights within the Australia.
Delta SkyMiles members with Club membership can use the luxurious VirginBlue airport lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally in Delta or Australia.
United flies to Sydney from Los Angeles and San Francisco, with connections from other cities in the United States. Very often, the United site will promote special sales on these flights. United does not fly within 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. Its price is very competitive.
Several Asian airlines also offer multi-stop flights to Australia. These flights tend to be much more expensive than non-stop flights on Qantas, VAustralia, Delta or United.
Travelers, for whom the comfort and luxury of the plane are more important than the price and a long-haul flight without stops, should consider flying east to Australia. For the most part, flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily nonstop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two daily non-stop JFK flights and does not stop the Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco flights) with your vacation in Australia.