United $943 LAX to SYD, Air New Zealand LAX and SFO to SYD, MEL, BNE Australia

Flight deals to Australia are hard to find. The remoteness of the continent from the USA, across the Pacific Ocean and down under means limited flights and high prices. My rule of thumb is any fare under $1,000 round trip to Australia is a good deal and far lower than average fares.

Star Alliance member Air New Zealand has one-stop flights via Auckland to the major airports of Australia for around $959 USD round trip with limited departure dates from April through September. Google Flights shows from 2 to 12 dates each month around the $960 USD ticket price for SFO to Sydney.

Air New Zealand low fares April to September and November 2016.

  • SFO – MEL Melbourne $947 USD
  • SFO – SYD Sydney $959 USD
  • SFO – BNE Brisbane $959 USD

United Airlines has nonstop flights Los Angeles to Sydney in November for as low as $943 round trip.

United Airlines  Los Angeles LAX – Sydney SYD (nonstop)

$942.56 USD  Wednesday November 2 – Wednesday November 16

LAX-SYD UA $943 Nov2-16

United does not offer these November low fares from SFO. Air New Zealand has $959 round trip fares in November and low fares for April to September travel.

Air New Zealand San Francisco – Auckland NZ AKL – Brisbane BNE

$960.16 (Priceline ticket) Tuesday July 26 – Monday August 8

SFO-BNE $960 NZ July28-Aug8

Australia is never a cheap travel destination from the USA. My trips to New Zealand (2005) and Australia (2003) were ticketed with First Class mileage awards. I want to return to both these countries at some date.

There were a couple of times this past year when I showed how flights to southeast Asia in the $400 range coupled with low cost round trip flights from Asia to Australia in the $300 range can reduce round trip travel to $700, if you have plenty of time. Booking United nonstop LAX to Sydney for $943 is probably worth the extra cost to save travel time for most travelers.

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Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. I somehow managed to get a crazy open-jaw deal to Australia and Bali in March. SEA-SYD and DPS-SEA for $880 on Delta/Virgin Australia. The separate flight from SYD-DPS was only USD$170! Managed to rope in a few friends on the trip with those prices!

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