Update, 2pm EST: DEAD!
Bookable on Orbitz. Orbitz tickets are refundable until 11pm ET tomorrow.
In order to find this deal try searching from your desktop and be sure to use the Orbitz link from this post. Going directly to Orbitz won’t work!
Many Virgin Australia flights departing from Australia to the US have massive price drops after selecting them.
These prices only appear to drop when departing from Australia, not when departing from the US. However you can book a one-way from Los Angeles to Sydney on sale for $443 and a one-way return for $148. Or you can always use miles for a one-way to Australia and then fly back to the US for just $148.
There are also cheap flights from Brisbane and Melbourne to Los Angeles with this deal.
To find these fares just go to Orbitz and narrow your search to Virgin Australia:
The flights will appear to be expensive:
But select one of those flights (both the Delta and Virgin Australia operated flights will work) and the price will plummet to $148 one way from Sydney to Los Angeles:
Or $251 round-trip from Sydney to Los Angeles:
Be sure to check all of the flight options if one of the flight times don’t drop in price.
I’m still working on gathering valid dates, but all of the following dates work on the outbound flight from Los Angeles to Sydney:
February: 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29
March: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31.
April: 5, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29.
May: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
June: 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 21,
July 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
August 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31
September 2, 4, 5, 6
If you’re booking a round-trip from Sydney just start with a valid outbound date and then pick a return date, select the flights, and see if the price drops. If it doesn’t just try another return date until you get one where the price drops.
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How long should you spend down under?
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…
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