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Don't Stop the Insanity!

Anyone remember Susan Powter? We're paraphrasing that notorious fast-talking, peroxide-blonde Aussie infomercial huckster here because, frankly, things Down Under have officially gotten a bit out of hand, like, really crazy, you know, totally insane, actually, but all in a good way!

With their latest freshly cracked sale, V Australia fares have truly gone nuts, just plain nuts-- make that peanuts!--and since you can now get from La La Land to the Land of Oz for a dreamy $670 round-trip with taxes, even in time for Mardi Gras, the question we should all be asking ourselves is, why aren't we going, already?

To restore some sense of order and sanity to the snappy decision-making and vacation-planning process ahead of you, we have thrown together a summary of the current sales. As noted before on this blog, Air New Zealand launched their "It's the Kiwi in Us" sale 2 days ago while Qantas yesterday unsurprisingly extended their 4-day "G'Day USA" sale by another week. Neither so far come close to matching V Australia on price, but this can change at any time and, as you can see below, they do offer other interesting benefits.

V Australia

o Fares start at $665 round-trip with taxes
o Only available from Los Angeles (but obviously worthwhile to arrange your own connecting flight)
o Nonstop service to Sydney starts February 27 and to Brisbane April 8
o Connecting service to 17 other Australian cities, provided by Virgin Blue
o Travel period is March 1 to June 15
o Sale ends January 18
o Best perk? The price is the perk, matey, plus that crisp new Boeing 777 aircraft smell and perky Virgin attitude!

Qantas

o Fares start at $880 round-trip with taxes
o Nonstop service from Los Angeles to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Auckland
o Nonstop service from San Francisco and direct service from New York to Sydney
o Connecting service to and from numerous other U.S. and Australian cities
o Travel period is February 1 to September 21
o Sale ends January 26
o Best perk? Peak season travel, both for Australian and U.S. summers, plus the sheer Airbus A380 wow factor!

Air New Zealand

o Fares start at $880 round-trip with taxes
o Nonstop service from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland
o Connecting service to and from numerous other U.S. and Australian cities
o Travel period is May 1-31
o Sale ends January 19
o Best perk? Free New Zealand and South Pacific island stopovers!

United

o Fares start at $900 round-trip with taxes
o Nonstop service from Los Angeles to Sydney and Melbourne and San Francisco to Sydney
o Only official sale is for
busines class, but sometimes matching and even beating Qantas fares
o Best perk? Huh?

Delta

o Fares start at $880 round-trip with taxes
o Nonstop service from Los Angeles to Sydney starts July 1
o No official sale
o Best perk? You tell us!

Before you go, do check out all our fares to Adelaide, AucklandBrisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Christchurch, Darwin, Gold Coast, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Queenstown, Sydney, and Wellington. Phew! And please keep in mind that while many of these fares are the official sale rates, some only available directly from the airline, you may find even better deals to suit your needs by comparing prices elsewhere before you buy. On the other hand, the very best fares can in some instances be hard to find, so, as always, try to be flexible!

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