There are some good trans-Pacific sale fares available for Aussie travellers at the moment. This is due to the arrival of V Australia which is set to start flying to the US from the end of February – pending regulatory approval.
Prices for a Sydney – Los Angeles return are AUD 1,159 all in; Melbourne – Los Angeles is cheaper at AUD 1,119 via a Virgin Blue domestic service to Sydney. Travel is for 1 Mar 09 to 31 may 09, book by 12 Jan 09.
Note V Australia did have to postpone its launch from last year after a strike at Boeing – hopefully the service will get up and running bringing some much needed competition to the route.
The other major carriers are almost matching V Australia’s fares.
Star Alliance’s Air New Zealand are offering SYD to LAX via Auckland from AUD 1,147 – and with decent 34″ seat pitch in economy this also looks a good deal. Fellow Star carrier United has flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Los Angeles for just over AUD 1,200 – but the lowest fares seem to connect through San Francisco.
Qantas currently has Sydney – Los Angeles available for AUD 1,211, with Melbourne – LAX for AUS 1,145. Travel 01 Mar 09 to 31 May 09. This could be of use to Qantas Frequent Flyers who need a Status Credit run. And you can choose to fly on the Airbus A380.