Star Alliance airline Air New Zealand has a fare from $441 roundtrip between Los Angeles and Australia.
- Travel to Melbourne, Brisbane, or Gold Coast for under $450
- Available August through November 2016 and April and May 2017 (in other words, excludes peak of peak travel times)
The fare appears bookable at OneTravel.com, with other sites pricing a few hundred dollars more.
Click here to search the deal and adjust travel dates as-desired.
These are non-refundable fares. You’re not going to be able to upgrade. And bookings made at OneTravel don’t get free 24 hour cancellation — their policy is 4 hours:
Nonetheless, this fare is for real! Since we don’t know for certain how Air New Zealand will feel about such a deep discount airfare sale, whether they might get seller’s remorse, I’d wait a few days after buying tickets before making additional non-refundable travel plans around the fare.
In theory an airline refusing to honor a sale like this would have to reimburse any out of pocket costs you incurred but there’s not much history with enforcement of that particular DOT statement so I’d still not test it.
Melbourne is a fantastic dining city, and a great place to visit if you haven’t been. It’s also perfect as a jumping off point for the rest of Australia. It’s less than 500 miles from Sydney, and reasonably priced to get between the two cities (so you aren’t losing out on your chance at an Opera House visit).
It’s also a great place from which to visit the wineries of the Yarra Valley. Enjoy!
A view of the Yarra River, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
(HT: Secret Flying, which means I do not know who actually discovered the fare.)