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ozfflyer

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just got an email from a tour operator, saying they now had fares from Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne to LAX or San Fran return, departing in early January 2020 (or end of December 2019), coming home up to end of January 2020 from only $1599 per adult, which sounds very cheap.

Is it just me, or has everyones inbox's been slammed with many many more travel deals than previously ?

I seem to get about a dozen or more a day, every day lately.
 

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for some reason, many online search engines don't have any flights loaded beyond mid January right now, but quite a few airlines, the switched on ones, have flights loaded until start of February.

I phoned tour operator yesterday & asked about 2 sets of dates, departing boxing day & coming home about 4 weeks later & shorter trip, departing December 31 or first few days of January & coming home around January 15 to 18.

They said they could do the first set of dates or departing December 31, but not first few days of January, for $1599 right now & $1499, if booked $500 for each adult worth of hotels, car rental etc.

They wanted all names & date of birth & to choose one set of dates, as they said they'd make a booking, which would be held in reservation system for a couple of days, but to guarantee the price, would have to pay same day.

They said, there are not a huge number of seats at these prices & availability could change fast, so a price without a booking, didn't mean much. They went onto say, there was no cost to us, if booking lapsed.

Everything included except if paying by credit card, had to pay the merchant fee.
 

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new lowest fare east coast OZ to LAX/SFO being advertised this am. Says on sale to 29 March. For departures between July & September school holidays.

If airlines are having to go this low, then how bad is the economy really ?
 

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unfortunately it's air nz, but other airlines will surely follow, especially Fiji Airways who are a much better airline IMO.
put in a few dates & seems to be quite a few seats at that price. Sign of the times I guess.
 

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I think the price of airfares to USA is in direct proportion to the amount of money you have to pay to buy a US Dollar.
not really.

The AUD$ to USD$ rate was exactly the same on 9 SEP 2018 as is now.

XE: AUD / USD Currency Chart. Australian Dollar to US Dollar Rates


Think airlines can see that disposible spendingh is plummeting & fear the result of the federal election in May. Business confidence is also plummeting.

Some airline can cut services, which might be next, eg. BNE/LAX with Qantas 10/week, can be cut to daily & Air NZ, AKL/LAX can be cut from 2-3 days nonstops daily to daily plus AKL/RAR/LAX

DL & VA codeshare BNE, SYD, MEL/LAX so something might give SYD/LAX where both currently doing daily & yet BNE & MEL/LAX aren't daily.

Many holidays in USA are actually cheaper in AUD$ than they were when AUD$ was stronger, in other words, places that get lots of Australians, adjust their prices to suit the exchange rate.
 
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Many holidays in USA are actually cheaper in AUD$ than they were when AUD$ was stronger, in other words, places that get lots of Australians, adjust their prices to suit the exchange rate.
I was being facetious, but appreciate your intrepid reply.

I can't agree with the above quote though. We have been spending 3-4 weeks all across the States every year since 2008 and I am yet to see a US itinerary that aligns itself to our fluctuating exchange rate.

The Australian Government is rubbing its hands together in glee with the free-fall of the AUD. If they had their way, it would be low 60's. And at that point - a voluntary holiday in the States becomes cost-prohibitive. Unless they coax us with a cheap airfare of course.............
 

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I was being facetious, but appreciate your intrepid reply.

I can't agree with the above quote though. We have been spending 3-4 weeks all across the States every year since 2008 and I am yet to see a US itinerary that aligns itself to our fluctuating exchange rate.

The Australian Government is rubbing its hands together in glee with the free-fall of the AUD. If they had their way, it would be low 60's. And at that point - a voluntary holiday in the States becomes cost-prohibitive. Unless they coax us with a cheap airfare of course.............
what freefall. The AUD$ is fairly stable against the USD$.

January is Australians month at many ski resorts in USA & many adjust their pricing to suit. They don't want the resort to not fill up with Australians, as from around 2 or 3 January, Americans go back to work, college, school & if it wasn't for Australians/Kiwis there would be very few people at some ski resorts in January, except on weekends.

BTW-have been spending 3 to 4 weeks every year in North American since 1985.
 

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what freefall. The AUD$ is fairly stable against the USD$.

January is Australians month at many ski resorts in USA & many adjust their pricing to suit. They don't want the resort to not fill up with Australians, as from around 2 or 3 January, Americans go back to work, college, school & if it wasn't for Australians/Kiwis there would be very few people at some ski resorts in January, except on weekends.

BTW-have been spending 3 to 4 weeks every year in North American since 1985.
Any chance you'll share where this is advertised?
 

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Are you suggesting the AUD hasn't tracked southbound for the lowest point in ages over the last few years? It may hold steady at 70 today, but that's not how I would describe it's tangent over the last 12 months.

You also omitted the word ski resort - not my area of expertise, so we'll have to agree to disagree. Our next trip is January 2020. I checked every day for January 2019 to gauge the prices. January fares to the States seem to be exempt from many of these offers, but I await the next Virgin sale with anticipation. I sure hope that you are right and the fares are reasonable and the dollar holds steady. I've felt the sting of 45c in the dollar before. It's not a good feeling.
 
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