Choosing the cheapest airline to Australia

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The abundance of promotions and special offers on cheap flights to Australia made it much more affordable for a Down Under vacation. Flight to Australia, especially for low season travel – May and August to mid-September – is reasonably priced compared to other distant destinations such as Asia and Eastern Europe.

Round-the-clock flights to Australia depart from Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you live in other parts of the US, you'll need to fly to California first.

Over the last few years, flights to Australia have increased as existing airlines have added flights and new airlines have started operating this route. This is good news for travelers – increased competition has reduced prices for flights to Australia.

When you look for the cheapest flights to Australia, you will find that airline consolidators usually have the lowest prices. But when airlines try to fill seats on their planes and offer short-term special promotion, their prices cannot be beat. Always check the prices of airlines flying to Australia before you buy your tickets.

Airlines flying to Australia:

Qantas

Qantas, Australia's airline, offers the largest aircraft and most flights. With daily flights from Los Angeles and less frequent flights from San Francisco, Qantas flies non-stop to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas offers code-sharing flights operated by American Airlines from many cities in the US to connect with flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Qantas website often contains deals for low season flights, promotions that include a "free" flight to a city within Australia and special offers from Aussie AirPass. If you are a member of American Airlines, you can earn mileage by flying to and within Qantas Australia.

VAustralia

VAustralia, the newest addition to Virgin Airlines, has been flying non-stop from Los Angeles to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Connecting flights are available from other cities in United States of America, Virginia and Delta. VAustralia also offers several flights departing from San Francisco.

Their planes on the Australian itinerary are new, custom made with an Australian theme and have convenient seats for a long flight. The VAustralia website is up to date with the special offers that Qantas has on cheap flights to Australia, but VAustralia does not offer special offers for flight packages that include other destinations in Australia.

Delta Airlines

Delta began flying to Sydney in 2009. Shortly after they began operating this route, Delta entered into a code-sharing agreement with Virgin Airlines Group, VAustralia, for international flights, and with its sister airline VirginBlue for domestic flights to Australia .

Delta SkyMiles members with club access can use VirginBlue's luxury airport lounges when traveling to VirginBlue Australia or internationally to Delta or VAustralia.

United Airlines

United flies to Sydney from Los Angles and San Francisco, with connections from other cities in the United States. Often, the United Nations website will encourage sales of special offers for these flights. United does not fly within Australia.

Other airlines

Air New Zealand flies from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Australia, but stops first in Auckland. This adds a few hours to the total flight time to Australia. Their pricing is very competitive.

Several Asian airlines also offer multiple flights to Australia. These flights are usually much more expensive than nonstop flights from Qantas, VAustralia, Delta or United.

Flying East

Travelers for whom the comfort and luxury of an airplane is more important than the cost and continuous long-haul flight should consider flying east to reach Australia. For the most part, flying east is more expensive – but you can combine a trip to Singapore (Singapore Air has a daily non-stop flight from Newark to Singapore) or Dubai (Emirates offers two daily nonstop flights from JFK and non-stop flights from Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco) with your vacation in Australia.

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