In today’s Thrifty Traveler Premium email, I noticed a nice deal to Australia — Qantas is offering direct flights nonstop on its new 787-9 from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia from $693 round trip. As I explored dates, I found some dates that are a few dollars less on Virgin Australia — from $688 round trip nonstop. Flights are available for ten or fifteen bucks more to Brisbane or Sydney, and you can find round trip fares out of Dallas and New York for under a thousand dollars. Thrifty Traveler reports availability from mid-December through June (keep in mind that our winter is Australia’s summer).
These low prices are available via small online travel agencies at airfare meta-search site Momondo.
First, I used Google Flights to look for dates. Those in green are mostly available for about $90 less through Momondo. Note that sometimes the availability adjusts once you select an outbound date, so there may be more available dates than you see initially.
Choose your parameters and you’ll see some dates with Virgin Australia pricing out at $777 and Qantas has a lot of availability at $787 through Google Flights.
Los Angeles to Melbourne
Once you’ve found dates that work, you can plug them in at Momondo and you’re likely to find even better prices:
If you’re looking to fly on the new Qantas 787, you’ll find that for $693 on many dates — like February 19th-28th, shown here:
Los Angeles to Brisbane
If you’re looking for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef, you might consider flying into Brisbane and road tripping your way up to Cairns. If you do that, check out out the Whitsundays on your way:
I also recommend carving out a day to go to Fraser Island and visit Lake McKenzie.
Of course, if you don’t want to drive that far, you could use British Airways Avios to fly from Brisbane to Cairns or book a cheap domestic ticket on JetStar or Virgin Australia. You’ll find flights from Los Angeles to Brisbane from $705 round trip on Momondo:
New York/Dallas/other cities as well
There are deals from some other cities as well. While not quite as strong as the nonstop California routes, New York or Dallas to Australia for under a thousand dollars certainly isn’t bad:
These are good prices, especially for nonstop flights from Los Angeles and deals are widely available through next summer. As is always the case with an airfare sale, prices can change at any time — if you’re looking at this more than a few hours after it was posted, the prices could very well have changed. If you find any other great deals, let us know in the comments.