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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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Non-Stop Flight Schedule Summary

Destination Carrier Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Melbourne, Australia Qantas 36 34 38 40 41 17 29
Melbourne, Australia Virgin Australia 27 26 28 30 34 14 22
Brisbane Qantas 22 22 21 24 24 15 17
Brisbane Virgin Australia 20 17 19 21 20 10 19
Melbourne, Australia Jetstar 17 17 17 17 17 17 18
Canberra Qantas 17 18 18 19 20 11 13
Gold Coast Jetstar 11 10 9 10 10 8 9
Canberra Virgin Australia 10 9 10 10 11 5 9
Gold Coast Virgin Australia 8 8 8 9 10 6 9
Adelaide Qantas 9 8 8 8 11 5 9
Melbourne, Australia Tigerair 8 6 6 8 9 7 7
Perth, Australia Qantas 7 7 7 7 7 5 8
Adelaide Virgin Australia 6 6 6 6 6 4 5
Tamworth Qantas 6 6 5 6 6 3 4
Dubbo Regional Express 6 6 6 6 6 3 3
Coffs Harbour Qantas 5 5 5 6 6 3 5
Wagga Wagga Regional Express 5 5 5 5 5 3 4
Port Macquarie Qantas 5 5 5 5 5 3 3
Dubbo Qantas 5 5 5 4 4 2 4
Gold Coast Tigerair 4 3 3 3 5 4 5
Perth, Australia Virgin Australia 4 4 4 4 4 3 4
Armidale Qantas 4 4 4 4 5 2 4
Brisbane Tigerair 4 3 3 4 5 3 4
Brisbane Jetstar 4 3 4 4 4 3 4
Wagga Wagga Qantas 4 4 4 4 4 3 3
Orange, Australia Regional Express 4 4 4 4 4 2 3
Albury Qantas 3 4 4 4 4 3 3
Albury Regional Express 4 4 4 4 4 2 3
Gold Coast Qantas 4 3 3 3 4 3 4
Sunshine Coast Jetstar 3 3 3 3 4 3 4
Cairns Jetstar 2 3 2 4 3 3 3
Cairns Virgin Australia 3 3 3 3 3 2 3
Hobart, Australia Jetstar 3 3 2 3 3 3 3
Griffith Regional Express 3 3 3 3 3 2 2
Adelaide Jetstar 3 2 2 3 3 3 3
Bathurst, Australia Regional Express 3 3 3 3 3 1 2
Ballina Jetstar 2 3 2 2 3 3 3
Newcastle, Australia Regional Express 3 3 3 3 3 1 2
Armidale Regional Express 3 3 3 3 3 1 2
Parkes Regional Express 3 3 3 3 3 0 2
Cairns Qantas 3 2 2 2 3 2 2
Toowoomba Qantas 3 2 2 2 2 1 2
Hobart, Australia Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Launceston Jetstar 3 2 1 1 3 2 2
Moree Qantas 3 2 2 3 2 1 1
Albury Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
Coffs Harbour Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
Hobart, Australia Qantas 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
Lord Howe Island Qantas 1 1 2 1 2 3 3
Narrandera Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
Port Macquarie Virgin Australia 2 2 2 2 2 1 2
Grafton Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Moruya Regional Express 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Cairns Tigerair 1 2 2 2 1 2 1
Adelaide Tigerair 2 1 1 2 2 1 2
Mudgee Freedom Air 2 2 1 2 2 0 1
Newcastle, Australia Freedom Air 2 2 1 2 2 0 1
Tamworth Virgin Australia 2 2 1 1 2 0 1
Darwin Qantas 1 1 1 1 2 1 2
Sunshine Coast Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 2 2
Lismore Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
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
Ballina Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Townsville Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Darwin Virgin Australia 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
Perth, Australia Jetstar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Alice Springs Qantas 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Uluru Virgin Australia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Ballina Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Mildura Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Perth, Australia Tigerair 1 1 1 1 1 0 1
Uluru Jetstar 1 0 1 1 1 1 1
Hamilton Island Qantas 1 0 1 1 1 0 1
Cooma Regional Express 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Proserpine Tigerair 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
Townsville Jetstar 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
Darwin Jetstar 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
Hamilton Island Jetstar 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
Coffs Harbour Tigerair 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
Cheap Flights to Australia, Airfares Starting at $223 Round trip for Australia Flights (AU)