Price War: Direct Flights to Los Angeles from $881 return

Price War: Direct Flights to Los Angeles from $881 returnVirgin Australia, United, American Airlines and Delta are all currently offering non-stop flights from Australia to Los Angeles for under $900 return!

The cheapest flights are with United, which currently has seats from Melbourne to Los Angeles available for as low as $881 return. Meanwhile, American Airlines, Delta and United are all selling tickets from Sydney to Los Angeles for $898 return.

Fiji Airways is also getting in on the action, with $889 fares from both Sydney and Brisbane to Los Angeles with a stopover in Nadi.

All of these fares are on full service airlines and include checked baggage, meals & in-flight entertainment. So, if you’re thinking about booking a trip to the United States next year, now is the time!

Unfortunately, many of these sale fares exclude dates during Australian school holidays.

United Airlines sale fares to Los Angeles

United has round-trip sale fares to Los Angeles available for $881 from Melbourne, or $898 from Sydney. Non-stop flights from Melbourne to San Francisco are also available for $931 return, and Sydney-San Francisco is $948 return.

Here’s an example of a United sale fare from Melbourne to Los Angeles:

United Airlines website screenshot
United Airlines website screenshot

The United Airlines sale ends on 4 December 2019. You can commence travel from Australia between 15 January-24 March, 17 April-17 June or 12 July-10 September 2020.

If you have Star Alliance Gold status, you’ll be able to select an Economy Plus seat when flying with United at no extra cost.

You can book on the United Airlines website.

Virgin Australia Thanksgiving Sale

Virgin Australia also currently has some great deals on non-stop flights from Australia to the United States. In their current Thanksgiving Sale, flights to Los Angeles are available for as little as $899 return departing from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. Flights from Perth to Los Angeles (via Melbourne) are even available for under $1,000 return.

You’ll of course earn Velocity points and status credits with these flights. As an example, a return Economy Getaway trip from Perth to Los Angeles for $999 would earn around 9,600 Velocity points and 120 status credits.

Virgin Australia and Delta Premium Economy flights to Los Angeles are also currently on sale, with flights from Melbourne to Los Angeles available from $2,515 return.

By comparison, American Airlines Premium Economy flights from Sydney to Los Angeles are currently starting at $2,531 return.

The Virgin Australia Thanksgiving Sale also covers flights to various other US destinations, with onward connections available from Los Angeles with Delta. If you’re a Velocity Frequent Flyer member, you now have the possibility to upgrade Delta flights with Velocity points.

The Virgin Australia sale is running until 4 December 2019, for travel from 15 January-27 March, 26 April-12 June and 8 July-10 September 2020.

See the Virgin Australia website for more information.

Qantas USA Fly Away Sale

Qantas also currently has fares to the United States on sale. Flights to Honolulu are starting from $799 return, and direct flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco are available from $999 return in Economy or $2,999 return in Premium Economy. You can also currently book a seat on Qantas’ new, non-stop flight from Brisbane to Chicago from $1,299 return in Economy. The Qantas sale ends today, 29 November 2019.


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