HOT FARE: Chicago – Australia $463 Roundtrip!!

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Via SecretFlying, you can book roundtrip travel between Chicago and Perth, Australia for just $463.

More expensive than $385 to Australia but still one of the best Australia fares we’ve ever seen.

The fare is available by searching at Momondo’s UK website. Trips will, by default, be priced in British pounds. But you can change the currency to US Dollars so you know what you’re paying:

Note that since this is a non-U.S. website you’ll want to be sure to use a credit card which doesn’t add foreign transaction fees, such as Chase Sapphire Preferred or Citi Prestige (both of which also bonus airfare purchases).

Most of the travel is on United with relatively short hops between Asia and Perth on Jetstar (which is the Qantas low cost carrier).

Fares are available for travel in August, September, and October. Perth is in Western Australia, 2000 miles from Sydney.

Since we don’t know for certain how the airlines 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.

“In Australia a night panoramic view of the modern Perth’s city with the Swan river” Copyright: taolmor / 123RF Stock Photo

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  1. […] View from the Wing reported on a fare earlier from Chicago to Perth, Australia.  We just looked up some dates and it seems to have some pretty good availability from August-October.  The fare is available at Secret Flying.  They have a list of travel dates available and when I started playing around with dates there was still pretty amazing availability.  However, there is a disclaimer that Secret Flying advises not to book any other non-refundable travel plans for the trip, given that it is not yet known whether the fares will be honored. […]


  1. 63+ hours flying/layoff for a return trip of about 10 days? I’ll pass 🙂 although I could imagine some people will take advantage of the cheap fares.

    I’d rather pay $1,000 round trip for a non-stop flight to Sydney 🙂

  2. Isn’t that just an example? I don’t see anything to indicate you couldn’t stay longer, but maybe I’m missing something.

    The larger issue is whether it will be honored. The VFTW verbiage dances around the fact this is surely a mistake fare, most likely because DOT has stated it’s tired of entitled travel hackers inundating it with complaints when such fares aren’t honored. He’s hoping that to avoid saying that directly will offer plausible deniability for him and for those who will later claim they booked in good faith. I say go for it if you wish, but realize you may not be going to Perth.

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