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Cheap Flights To Australia

This guide is for travelers who want to visit Australia, and also for Australians who are thinking of visiting the United States. When thinking of traveling to Australia or the United States, where does one begin? There are endless possibilities for creating a vacation itinerary, whether you want to enjoy the outdoors, live the city life, visit famous parks and attractions, or experience local cuisine.

Sought-after destinations in both countries include the nation's best parks, landmarks, restaurants, and overall experience. You're better off choosing a short list of destinations to visit your first time, then planning a return trip to experience more.

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We've divided this guide into three sections: Where to Go, When to Fly, and How to Fly.

Where to Go

It's nearly impossible to even scratch the surface of things to do and attractions in these two big beautiful countries - not in the limited amount of space on this page, that's for sure - but you can at least read a few expert tips to help you get started.

In Australia

  • Sydney, New South Wales: The world famous Opera House in a beautiful harbor setting.
  • Melbourne, Victoria: Royal Botanic Gardens, Federation Square and all those great restaurants.
  • Brisbane, Queensland: Watch a ballet or bike or snorkel in this subtropical city.
  • Perth, Western Australia: Visit family-run wineries in the beautiful Swan Valley.
  • Adelaide, South Australia: This elegant city is also your jump-off point for Kangaroo Island.
  • Gold Coast, Queensland: Sun and surf plus the Pacific Coast Touring Route to the Great Barrier Reef.

In the U.S.

  • Boston, Massachusetts: This New England city offers history, culture and trendy nightspots.
  • Los Angeles, California: Home to Hollywood, beaches, clubs and a dynamic restaurant scene.
  • New York City, New York: See a Broadway play, visit the Statue of Liberty, and shop in an amazing array of stores and boutiques.
  • San Francisco, California: Cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and tremendous restaurants.
  • Washington, D.C.: See the While House and the incredible collections of the Smithsonian museums.

When to Fly

Two good rules of thumb for any traveler looking to save money:

  • Avoid flying during peak season. If you must, try arriving one day early or staying a day late to avoid the peak travel days.
  • Always compare airfare. Tip: FareCompare's search site helps you compare multiple airlines and online travel agency sites easily.

Travelers to Australia:Peak season is typically the last two weeks in April, the second week in June through the third week in July and the third week in Sept. through the end of October, with flights averaging about $2,000 round-trip. Other times you'll pay 20-30 percent less.

Travelers to the U.S.: The peak season for travel in the U.S. is generally June, July and August. The cheapest off-peak season generally runs late October through mid-February. However, these months include two very expensive periods: Thanksgiving in late November and Christmas through the New Year's travel period. Note that December, January and February can mean snow in many cities (exceptions: Los Angeles and Florida destinations).

How to Fly

Travelers from both countries: If you're flying to Australia or the U.S. from a smaller city, it may be cheaper to divide up your journey into two flights. In other words, fly from your home airport to a large city, then fly non-stop from that large city to your final destination. The only way to be sure is by comparing prices.

Example: Instead of looking for flights from Boston to Sydney, it may be cheaper to break up a trip into separate components - a domestic flight, and overseas flight. So you would take one flight from Boston to Los Angeles, and another flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.

Note: Be sure to leave plenty of time to connect with that second flight. Air travel analyst and FareCompare CEO Rick Seaney says he usually flies to the West Coast and spends the night there before boarding a trans-Pacific flight. "This also helps me avoid jet lag," says Seaney.

In-Country Flights

Generally, the off-peak season rule again prevails; prices are cheaper when people are less inclined to fly.

Be sure to check prices on discount airlines like Australia's Jetstar or U.S. carriers like JetBlue, Virgin America and Southwest, but remember, no single airline always has the lowest prices so again, you must compare.

For More Information

Suggested reading: For anyone interested in Australia, see "In a Sunburned Country" by Bill Bryson and here's a quote from the book.

"The people are immensely likable - cheerful, extrovert, quick-witted, and unfailingly obliging. Their cities are safe and clean and nearly always built on water. They have a society that is prosperous, well ordered, and instinctively egalitarian. The food is excellent. The beer is cold. The sun nearly always shines. There is coffee on every corner. Life doesn't get much better than this." - from "In a Sunburned Country"

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Popular flights to Australia

    Non-Stop Flight Schedule Summary

    Destination Carrier Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
    Melbourne, Australia Qantas 29 29 33 34 40 16 23
    Melbourne, Australia Virgin Australia 23 24 24 23 28 15 12
    Brisbane Qantas 22 21 21 24 26 14 12
    Brisbane Virgin Australia 19 17 17 17 20 13 10
    Canberra Qantas 13 15 17 17 18 11 12
    Melbourne, Australia Jetstar 15 15 15 15 13 15 15
    Gold Coast Jetstar 11 12 11 12 11 12 11
    Adelaide Qantas 10 8 8 8 11 5 8
    Gold Coast Virgin Australia 8 8 8 9 10 7 6
    Melbourne, Australia Tigerair 8 5 6 7 9 6 8
    Canberra Virgin Australia 5 8 8 8 9 5 4
    Perth, Australia Qantas 7 7 7 7 7 5 7
    Brisbane Jetstar 5 6 5 5 5 5 6
    Tamworth Qantas 6 6 5 6 6 3 4
    Coffs Harbour Qantas 4 5 5 6 6 3 4
    Adelaide Virgin Australia 5 6 5 5 5 3 4
    Sunshine Coast Jetstar 5 4 4 5 4 4 5
    Port Macquarie Qantas 5 5 5 5 5 3 3
    Dubbo Regional Express 2 6 6 6 6 3 1
    Cairns Jetstar 4 4 4 5 4 4 4
    Dubbo Qantas 5 5 5 4 4 2 4
    Gold Coast Tigerair 4 3 3 4 5 4 5
    Perth, Australia Virgin Australia 5 4 4 4 4 3 3
    Adelaide Jetstar 4 3 4 3 4 4 5
    Wagga Wagga Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
    Gold Coast Qantas 4 3 4 4 4 3 4
    Armidale Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 2 4
    Albury Qantas 3 4 4 4 4 3 3
    Brisbane Tigerair 4 3 3 3 4 3 4
    Wagga Wagga Regional Express 3 4 4 4 4 3 1
    Hobart, Australia Jetstar 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
    Ballina Jetstar 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
    Orange, Australia Regional Express 3 4 4 4 4 2 0
    Albury Regional Express 2 4 4 4 4 2 1
    Cairns Virgin Australia 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
    Cairns Qantas 3 2 2 2 3 2 3
    Bathurst, Australia Regional Express 2 3 3 3 3 1 1
    Griffith Regional Express 2 3 3 3 3 2 0
    Hobart, Australia Virgin Australia 3 2 2 2 3 2 2
    Newcastle, Australia Regional Express 2 3 3 3 3 1 1
    Armidale Regional Express 2 3 3 3 3 1 1
    Toowoomba Qantas 3 2 3 2 2 1 2
    Launceston Jetstar 3 1 1 3 2 1 3
    Moree Qantas 3 2 2 3 2 1 1
    Parkes Regional Express 2 3 3 3 3 0 0
    Albury Virgin Australia 3 2 2 2 2 2 1
    Coffs Harbour Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
    Hobart, Australia Qantas 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
    Lord Howe Island Qantas 1 2 1 1 2 3 3
    Narrandera Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
    Port Macquarie Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 1
    Moruya Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
    Tamworth Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 0 1
    Cairns Tigerair 1 2 2 2 1 2 1
    Darwin Qantas 1 1 2 2 2 1 2
    Adelaide Tigerair 2 1 1 2 2 1 2
    Mudgee Freedom Air 2 2 1 2 2 0 1
    Grafton Regional Express 1 2 2 2 2 1 0
    Sunshine Coast Virgin Australia 2 2 1 1 1 2 1
    Newcastle, Australia Freedom Air 2 2 1 2 2 0 1
    Ballina Virgin Australia 2 2 1 1 1 1 1
    Sunshine Coast Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
    Merimbula Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
    Broken Hill Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Townsville Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Townsville Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Darwin Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Hamilton Island Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Hamilton Island Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Hervey Bay Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Launceston Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Lismore Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Perth, Australia Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Perth, Australia Tigerair 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Alice Springs Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Uluru Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Uluru Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
    Darwin Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 0
    Proserpine Tigerair 1 1 0 1 1 1 1
    Ballina Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
    Hamilton Island Qantas 1 0 1 1 1 0 1
    Mildura Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
    Cooma Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
    Coffs Harbour Tigerair 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
    Proserpine Jetstar 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
    Broome Qantas 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Cheap Flights to Australia, Airfares Starting at $169 Round trip for Australia Flights (AU)