An abundance of promotions and special offers for cheap flights to Australia has made it much more affordable to vacation down under. Airfare to Australia, especially during the low season – May and August through mid-September – is priced favorably compared to other long distance 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 must first fly to California.
In recent years, aircraft to Australia have risen as existing airlines added flights and new airlines started service on this route. This is good news for travelers – increased competition brought the prices of flights to Australia down.
When you search for the cheapest flights to Australia, you will find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest price. But when airlines try to fill the seats on their aircraft and offer a short-term special promotion, their prices can not be beat.
Airlines flying to Australia:
Qantas, Australia's airline, offers the largest aircraft and most aircraft. With daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco, Qantas non-stop flights to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers code-share flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect with flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Qantas website often contains low season flights, campaigns 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 by flying to and within Australia at Qantas.
VAustralia, the newest addition to Virgin Airlines Group, non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connecting flights are available from other American cities on Virgin America and Delta. VAustralia also offers a few flights departing from San Francisco.
Your plane on Australia's route is new, tailored decorated with an Australian theme and has comfortable seats for the long flight. VAustralia's website keeps up with special offers Qantas has cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer airline packages that include other destinations in Australia. Delta began to fly to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after they started service on this route, Delta entered into a code agreement with Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights and its sister company VirginBlue for domestic flights in Australia.
Delta SkyMile members with access to the club can use VirginBlue's luxury airport lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally at Delta or VAustralia.
United flies to Sydney from Los Angles and San Francisco with connections from other cities in the United States. Unlikely United's website will promote specials sales on these flights. United does not fly in Australia.
Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, but the flights stop first in Auckland. This adds several hours to the total flight time to Australia. Their prices are 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 airplane's comfort and luxury are more important than the price and a non-stop long-haul flight should consider flying east to reach Australia. Mostly flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (The Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights from JFK and non stop flights from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with your vacation in Australia.