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American and United have some great sale fares from multiple US cities to Sydney, Australia.
Here are some of the valid cities along with sample valid dates. These fares work from other cities and other dates as well. Find more valid cities/dates with Google Flights.
-Los Angeles to Sydney nonstop: $750
Sample dates: February 12-22, February 26-March 8, March 5-15, March 19-28, April 4-19, April 3-May 10, May 14-24, June 4-12, June 11-20
-NYC to Sydney: $764.
Sample dates: February 26-March 8, March 5-15, May 14-24, June 11-20
-Chicago to Sydney: $764.
Sample dates: February 12-22, March 5-15, May 7-17, June 4-14
-Dallas to Sydney: $764.
Sample dates: March 7-14, May 7-17
-Miami to Sydney: $764.
Sample dates: March 6-15, May 7-17
-Philadelphia to Sydney: $764.
Sample dates: March 6-15, May 7-17, June 11-20
Park Hyatt Sydney and Sydney Opera House. Picture taken from Sydney Harbour Bridge:
Kangaroo at Angelsea Golf Club on the Great Ocean Road, outside Melbourne:
Great Ocean Road, outside Melbourne:
Back in 2010 Mimi and I flew around the world on AA’s defunct round-the-world award and for Australia we stopped off in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, and the Whitsunday Islands. Truly an awesome country!
-3-5 days in Sydney would give you enough time to experience the phenomenal Park Hyatt, climb the Harbour bridge, check out the Opera House, pet some Koalas and Kangaroos, and have a day in the Blue Mountains.
-4-6 days in Melbourne would allow for a road trip of the sublime Great Ocean Road and the breathtaking Grampians before going to to Malborune for Shabbos at the excellent Park Hyatt which is around the corner from a great Chabad House. A flight from Sydney to Melbourne is 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.
-2-4 days in Hamilton Island or Cairns would give you time to snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. If you’re based in Hamilton Island you’ll also be able to checked out famous Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. A flight from Sydney to Hamilton Island is 7.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges. Sydney to Cairns is 10K Avios.
-We spent 4 nights covering the entire beautiful island of Tasmania without realizing just how much driving that would entail. Doing over a week would have been ideal. A flight from Sydney to Hobart is 4.5K BA Avios with no fuel surcharges.
-We didn’t make it to more remote places like Uluru, Kangaroo Island, Perth, or the Australian Outback, but perhaps on a future trip?
Then again 10K BA Avios can also get you from Sydney to New Zealand. That’s been on my bucket list for a very long time…
These fares are not on sale with miles, but you can pay for the ticket with “hybrid points” if you have AMEX or Chase points and a Business Platinum or Sapphire Reserve card.
Using AMEX points:
The 50% rebate will go back into your account the day after redeeming points.
AMEX has insider fares for this flight. A $750.26 flight will be 66,626 points and you would get a 50% rebate making the effective cost just 33,313 points, a value of 2.25 cents per point. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!
Using Chase points:
If you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve card you can redeem points for 1.5 cents each towards travel.
A $750.26 flight will be 50,017 points. That includes all taxes and you still earn miles for flying!
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