Virgin Australia and its joint venture partners are actually offering a $186 roundtrip fare between Dallas and Melbourne, Australia. That’s not a typo.
The fare is apparently available through early December, then again from late January through May as reported by The Flight Deal.
Searching most sites for it — and availability at this price isn’t great — I can come up with a fare of $281.
However picking the same dates at Priceline.com gets that lower $186 pricing for the same flights.
Key rules for fare basis QLE0ZEMF:
- Outbound travel permitted October 26 through December 10 or January 12 through May 31
- Tickets must be issued by November 8 — but this fare will never last that long
- $200 change fee (and technically a $400 cancellation fee to refund but you’d never choose to pay that)
You’ll fly Dallas – Los Angeles on Delta and then Los Angeles – Melbourne on Virgin Australia (or Los Angeles – Brisbane – Melbourne). Priceline is a great place to book this in any case, they’ll honor a 24 hour courtesy cancellation policy on the tickets.
Since we don’t know for certain how 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.
(HT: Pizza in Motion)