We're seeing a huge nationwide sale to Australia today with fares in the $600s and $700s from nearly every airport in the US. Fares to Australia have come down overall this year, and although we've seen a few flash sales with better prices from major hubs, this is a widespread sale that covers many smaller airports.

United has the most availability for these fares, but you'll also find flights on Delta, American, and partners Qantas and Virgin Australia in some markets.

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Travel Availability

Departures from the USA are available from late April through early December. If you want to stay down under for an extended period over the winter holidays, these fares also work if you depart in early December and return mid-January through the end of the booking schedule.

Outbound travel is blacked out in late July and most of October; Inbound travel is blacked out in late June, late December, and early January.

Travel is valid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Sale Period

This sale is unadvertised and fares may jump at any moment.

Sample Fares

Los Angeles to Melbourne $608 roundtrip, nonstop

Los Angeles to Sydney $620 roundtrip, nonstop

Dallas to Sydney $634 roundtrip

Los Angeles to Brisbane $648 roundtrip

Orange County to Sydney $679 roundtrip

Houston to Sydney $714 roundtrip, nonstop

San Francisco to Sydney $714 roundtrip, nonstop

Newark to Melbourne $716 roundtrip

Cleveland to Melbourne $716 roundtrip

Los Angeles to Adelaide $719 roundtrip

Boston to Melbourne $721 roundtrip

Ft. Lauderdale to Melbourne $721 roundtrip

Duluth to Melbourne $721 roundtrip

Grand Rapids to Melbourne $721 roundtrip

New York to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Chicago to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Nashville to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Austin to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Columbus to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Kansas City to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Albuquerque to Sydney $728 roundtrip

Buffalo to Sydney $733 roundtrip

Charleston to Sydney $733 roundtrip

Asheville to Sydney $733 roundtrip

Helena to Sydney $733 roundtrip

Key West to Sydney $733 roundtrip

This is nowhere near a complete list. Nearly every airport in the U.S. has flights to Sydney (SYD) or Melbourne (MEL) in the low $700s for travel during the months listed above. Some notable exceptions are major Delta and American hub cities but surrounding airports may be included.

Check flights from your city even if it's not listed here. Other cities in Australia may have lower fares than normal as well.


These fares include a carry-on bag, a personal item, and two free checked bags.

Seat Assignments

Advanced seat assignments are included.

Alternate Fares

Booking on some third-party sites may bring these fares down even lower. A few routes from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Honolulu (HNL) have lower fares on Fiji Airways or Jetstar. The Fiji Airways flights can work out to be a great 2-for-1 deal if you also want to see Fiji. The same can be said if you want to combine a cheap flight to Hawaii with Jetstar's $408 roundtrip fare from Hawaii to Sydney for August/early September travel.

Example Booking

As an example, I found seats departing Buffalo BUF on Tuesday, December 10, returning from Sydney SYD on Thursday, December 26, for $733 roundtrip. That sounds like a perfect time to escape the cold in Buffalo and spend Christmas down under.

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