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LAX/SFO to Singapore and Perth, Australia $641, Gold Coast and Sydney $766 round trip

Australia is an expensive travel destination to reach from the USA with airfare typically over $1,000 round trip. One ticketing strategy to significantly reduce the high ticket price is flying to southeast Asia where ticket prices are available for under $500 and then fly from Kuala Lumpur with AsiaX or Singapore with Scoot or Qantas partner Jetstar to Perth or Sydney for $200 to $300 round trip.

This might seem like you are flying many more miles for a trip to Australia, but it is actually only 1,734 miles longer from Los Angeles to Perth, Australia via Shanghai and Singapore compared to flying via Sydney. And hundreds of dollars less in airfare.

1,734 additional miles with three flights to fly LAX to Perth via Asia compared to two flights and several hundred dollars more via Sydney.

ExploreTrip.com online travel agency ticket for China Eastern flights

Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG – Singapore SIN – Shanghai PVG – Los Angeles LAX

$418 round trip   Tue March 14 – Tue March 28

LAX-SIN $418 MU-ota Mar14-28

The $418 ticket price through an online travel agency is only $20 less than purchasing a ticket directly from China Eastern Airlines.

China Eastern Los Angeles LAX – Shanghai PVG – Singapore SIN – Shanghai PVG – Los Angeles LAX

$438.20 round trip   Tue March 9 – Tue March 28 Economy Q booking class only earns miles with China Eastern.

LAX-SIN $438 MU Mar14-28

 

Scoot Airlines  Singapore – Perth, Australia nonstop

$203.10 USD (288.29 SGD)   Sat March 18 – Mon March 27

SIN-PER $203 Scoot Mar16-27

$641.30 round trip Los Angeles LAX – Singapore – Perth.

Scoot Bag Fees

Scoot checked bag = 82.55 SGD round trip = $58.16 USD.

Total ticket price with one checked bag LAX-Perth = $699.85 round trip.

Jetstar, a Qantas Airlines low cost carrier partner, also flies nonstop to Perth.

Jetstar   Singapore – Perth, Australia

$218 USD round trip  Thu Mar 16 – Mon Mar 27

SIN-PER $218 Mar16-27 Jetstar

Ticket price is a few dollars more, but bag fees are less on Jetstar. Since Scoot, Jetstar and Asia X (via Kuala Lumpur) all offer one-way flights between Singapore and Perth priced in similar range, your choice can be based on most convenient flight schedule.

JetStar bag fees

Jetstar bag fee is as low as 30SGD ($21.14 USD) for SIN-PER flight.

 

Jetstar and Scoot fly to other airports around Australia like Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne.

Scoot  Singapore – Gold Coast, Australia OOL (Queensland)

$104.30 USD (148 SGD)  Friday March 17 one way

SIN-OOL $105 Scoot Mar17

Intra-Australia flights along the east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne are frequently priced under $50 USD.

TigerAirways  Gold Coast OOL – Sydney SYD one way

$44.00 USD one-way ($59 AUD with bag)   Tue March 21

OOL-SYD $37 Tigerair Mar 21

 

Scoot Airlines   Sydney – Singapore

$180 USD ($241 AUD with checked bag)  Mon March 27

SYD-SIN $180 Mar27 Scoot

 

Total Itinerary: $766.50 LAX – SIN  – Gold Coast, Australia – Sydney – Singapore – LAX

  • $438.20  Los Angeles LAX – Singapore SIN China Eastern
  • $104.30 Singapore SIN – Gold Coast OOL Queensland, Australia Scoot
  • $44.00 Gold Coast – Sydney TigerAir
  • $180.00 Sydney – Singapore Scoot

Add another $100 for departures from San Francisco.

Low fares LAX/SFO to Singapore are available through May 10, 2017.

Loyalty Traveler curated Airfare Deals and Google Flights and Kayak Explore tutorials.

 

 

About Ric Garrido

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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