AsiaX low cost carrier airfares between southeast Asia cities and cities in Australia including Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast for $140 to $250 round trip means there are opportunities to fly to Australia from Los Angeles and San Francisco for as little as $599 round trip over the next six months.
Airline tickets to southeast Asia approach the $400 round trip price mark from LAX and SFO with airlines like China Eastern and China Southern. Even United and Delta have dropped fares to these cities to $400s occasionally in 2016.
Combine a low fare from USA to a city like Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi or Bangkok with a nested low cost AsiaX ticket for onward travel to Australia and back. The combined ticket price will likely be $100s less than buying a direct ticket from LAX to Australia.
Here is an example of how you can travel to Australia from Los Angeles for under $600.
CheapOair ticket for China Eastern Airlines
Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG – Kuala Lumpur KUL – Shanghai PVG – Los Angeles LAX
$415.71 round trip Wed March 1 – Wed March 15
Arrive in Kuala Lumpur 1:10am Friday morning March 3. Don’t be freaked out about the middle of the night arrival. Trains start at 5:00am to the city.
Spend a day in Kuala Lumpur to rest and sightsee.
AsiaX Airlines Kuala Lumpur KUL – Perth, Australia PER
This price includes one checked bag, meal and self-select seat. Ticket $124, package upgrade for bag, meal and seat $59.
KUL – PER one way value pack fare = 321 MYR = $71.94 USD xe.com.
PER – KUL one way value pack fare = 496.08 MYR = $111.07 USD xe.com.
Total Airfare: Los Angeles – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Perth Australia = $598.81 round trip
3 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 8 days in Perth, Australia.
AsiaX round trip fare to Sydney is $312.61 USD round trip for the ValuePack Upgrade ticket with checked bag.
Asia X Kuala Lumpur – Sydney, Australia
$312.61 USD (1,395 MYR) round trip Sun March 5 – Mon March 13 (Base ticket $254 USD + $59 USD Value Pack upgrade)
Total Airfare: Los Angeles – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia $416; Kuala Lumpur – Sydney, Australia $313 =
$728.32 round trip
3 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and 8 days in Sydney, Australia.
Multi-City Trip in Australia
Asia X one way fares mean you can fly into one city like Sydney or Gold Coast, then fly intra-Australia for $40 to $125 one-way, then depart from another city like Melbourne or Perth.
In the original itinerary I showed Kuala Lumpur – Perth AsiaX ticket price is $72 one-way for Value Pack upgrade ticket.
TigerAir Perth PER – Sydney SYD
One advantage to all these midnight flights is you can have the hotel hold your luggage until you are ready to leave for airport late at night. You can save the cost of lodging for each night you pull an all-nighter at the airport.
AsiaX Sydney SYD – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia KUL
Total Airfare for 4 tickets: LAX- KUL $415.71, KUL-PER $71.94, PER-SYD $126.99, SYD-KUL $205.64
$820.28 round trip with 2 days in Kuala Lumpur, 4 days in Perth and 5 days in Sydney.
The main point is you can travel to Australia via southeast Asia and save hundreds of dollars compared to flying directly from California to Australia.
The lowest airfare currently to Sydney during this timeframe is $991 on Fiji Airways.
Fiji Airways Los Angeles LAX – Nadi, Fiji NAN – Sydney SYD – Nadi NAN – LAX
Major airlines like United and Qantas are charging $1,300+ for LAX-SYD.