China Eastern is the low fare leader from California to many destinations in Asia in the $400s round trip. Today there are $684 fares to Sydney, Australia with a hop, skip and jump itinerary across China. This low fare is for the traveler who has more time than money and does not mind seeing a bit of China along the way to Australia. 30 hours of flight time and two days transiting across China to Australia offers a cheap fare in return.
This is a low fare I found through Kayak.com bookable on Priceline and Expedia. I have little guidance to offer about dates since this one does not show up on Google Flights or ITA Matrix. These appear to be only OTA fares since I am unable to reproduce them on China Eastern website. Kayak shows this fare is booking code T outbound, which earns 50% flight miles in many SkyTeam programs. Z booking code on the return earns no miles is most programs and 30% miles in China Eastern.
Priceline ticket for China Eastern flights
Los Angeles – Shanghai PVG – Beijing, China PEK (overnight) – Nanjing NAN – Sydney, Australia SYD – NAN – PEK (overnight) – PVG – LAX
If two nights in Beijing on a trip to Australia sounds like part of the adventure for heading Down Under, then this deal might be one for you.