Flight Deal: US to Australia From $859 Round-Trip
We know you're dreaming of the beach right nowâ"luckily, Qantas just launched a flight deal from the U.S. to three Australian cities, and prices are under $1,000 round-trip. We repeat, under $1,000, when they'd normally be upward of $1,500. New York, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are all participating in the deal, with the option to fly to Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne. Round-trip fares are $859 from Los Angeles and San Francisco and $999 from Dallas and New York. Travel is generally available during Thanksgiving week, as well as February through June 2019, which means you'll be visiting during Australian summerâ"bring on activityBondi BeachIconic surf beachBondi Bea ch and activitySt. Kilda BeachIconic Aussie coastal livingSt. Kilda Beach. Interested? You have until end of day Friday, November 2 at 11:59 p.m. PDT (2:59 a.m. EST) to book.
When it comes to this deal, Traveler editors have a hard time picking between Sydney and Melbourne. If you go with Sydney, our city editor, Laura Dannen Redman, recommends staying at the Paramount House Hotel in the city's Surry Hills neighborhood. There's 29 rooms, and the hotel has an "edgy, easy vibe" according to Traveler's Erin Florio. Plus, there's a cafe of the same name downstairs (the avocado toast and eggs is a must), so everything you need is in one place. If you opt for Melbourne, make your base at hotelThe Langham, Melbourne$$$Aging gracefullyThe Langham, Melbourne : it's a short walk from downtown and has gorgeous views of the Yarra River. Speaking of which, you can't visit Melbourne without heading out to wine country, and Yarra Valley is the place to be. It's known for pinot noir and top notch restaurants like restaurantEzard at Levantine Hill$$A vineyard visionEzard at Levantine Hill â"where the menu includes burnt onion dashi and sea herbs, and duck breast with confit nashi. For more information about both cities, check out our Sydney city guide, to find the best beaches and coffee shops, and our Melbourne city guide, for insider tips on where to grab brunch and enjoy live music.
How to book: Head over to Qantas's sale site and choose your departure city. Each has a specific set of travel dates:
- New York: February 2 to June 28
- Dallas: November 18 to November 29; January 26 to June 28
- San Francisco: November 23 to November 30; February 9 to June 27
- Los Angeles: November 19 to November 29; February 6 to June 26
Economy tickets include one carry-on and two (two!) pieces of checked luggage. If you want to change your flight after you book, be prepared to pay a $200 fee for bookings made on or before November 7 and $250 for bookings made on or after November 8, plus fare difference. But it's well worth it for a trip in Qantas's economy, as the Readers' Choice Award-winning airline offers som e of the best in-flight meals and Australian wines, no matter the cabin.Related Stories, hiddenRelated Stories
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