Finding Cheap Flights to Australia
When you fly to Australia from almost anywhere else in the world there’s one thing you learn really quickly, you can find cheap flights to Australia!
There are also always promotions and special offers for cheap flights to Australia which has made it much more affordable to holiday in Australia these days.
Cheap flights to Australia from the USA, especially for travel in the low season, that’s the month of May and August through September, are priced favourably compared to other long-haul destinations.
Non-stop flights to Australia from the USA depart from Los Angeles and San Francisco and if you live in other parts of the US, you’ll have to first fly to California; flights to Australia from Europe depart most capital cities quite regularly.
Over the past few years the number of cheap flights to Australia have increased as existing airlines added flights and new airlines began service on these routes.
This is good news for travellers, increased competition brought the prices of flights to Australia down.
When searching for cheap flights to Australia you’ll find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest pricing but when the airlines are trying to fill the seats on their planes and offer a short-term special promotion themselves and their prices can’t be beaten.
Always check pricing directly from the airlines that fly to Australia before buying your tickets.
There Are a Number of Airlines That Often Offer Cheap Flights to Australia:
If you’re travelling from the Orient there are a number of airlines that fly direct from Tokyo, Beijing and other cities, mostly into Sydney and Melbourne although if you check around you’ll find flights into a number of smaller Australian centres.
Again, airline consolidators usually have the lowest prices but check before you book.
Qantas, Australia’s own airline, offers the largest aircraft and the most flights to Australia and Qantas has the addded security of never having lost a passenger since it’s inception in 1920, very comforting.
From the US Qantas offers daily non-stop flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco and from Europe there are daily flights from most European capital cities via Qantas and a number of other good airlines.
Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
Qantas offers code-share flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the United States to connect to the flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
They offer the same shared bookings from Europe with JAL, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and others.
Qantas’ website frequently features low season flight deals, promotions that include a “free” flight to a city within Australia, and special offers on the Aussie AirPass.
If you are an American Airlines Advantage member you can earn mileage points by flying to and within Australia on Qantas.
Qantas also has it’s own budget airline, Jetstar, for flights within Australia.
VAustralia, the newest addition to the Virgin Airlines Group, flies non-stop from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Connecting flights are available from other US cities on Virgin America and Delta.
VAustralia also offers a few cheap flights to Australia that depart from San Francisco.
Their planes on the Australia route are new, custom decorated with an Australian theme and feature comfortable seating for the long flight.
VAustralia’s website keeps up with the special offers Qantas has for cheap flights to Australia but VAustralia does not offer specials for flight packages that include other destinations within Australia.
However, once you arrive in OZ VAustralia flies to 49 different airports around the country so it’s no problem to get where you want to go from your landing port.
Delta began flying to Sydney in 2009.
Shortly after they began service on this route, Delta entered a code-sharing agreement with the Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights, and its sister airline, VirginBlue, for domestic flights within Australia.
Delta SkyMiles members with Club access can use VirginBlue’s luxurious airport lounges when traveling within Australia on VirginBlue or internationally on Delta or VAustralia.
United Airlines flies to Sydney from Los Angles and San Francisco, with connections from other cities in the United States.
Infrequently United’s website will promote specials sales on these flights.
United does not fly within Australia.
Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia but the flights stop in Auckland first.
This adds several hours to the total flight time to Australia however their pricing is very competitive.
Several Asian airlines also offer multi-stop flights to Australia.
These flights tend to be much more expensive than the non-stop cheap flights on Qantas, VAustralia, Delta or United.
Travellers for whom airplane comfort and luxury is more important than price and a non-stop long-haul flight should consider flying east from the USA to reach Australia.
For the most part, flying east is more expensive but you can combine a visit to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two daily non-stop flights from JFK and non-stop flights from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with your vacation in Australia.