Looking for flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne is a very easy affair. There are three airlines which offer direct flights and all use one of the airports serving the cities as hubs. It is preferred to fly out of LAX rather than choosing the smaller airports serving Las Vegas. Do remember that in Australia the seasons are reserved so summer falls between December and March, and that’s when the highest prices will be.

Airport choices

Melbourne is served by Melbourne Airport (MEL), the second busiest airport in Australia. It’s located north of the city and has its own suburb. MEL is a hub for Qantas and a focus city for Virgin Blue. To get from the airport to the city center you can take the express bus, regular buses or taxi. The return fare for SkyBus (the express bus) is AUD$26 for an adult.

When flying out of Los Angeles, tourists have several airports to choose from. The biggest one is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) located about 16 miles from downtown. The airport is a major gateway to South Pacific. LAX is a hub for United Airlines and a focus city for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines.

Best airline choices

The direct flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne are offered by the following airlines:

  • Qantas
  • American Airlines
  • Virgin Blue (also known as V Australia)

Typical prices

Typically, the prices for flights from Los Angeles to Melbourne depend on the season. The highest rates are during the peak summer months (which also coincide with the winter holidays as the seasons in Australia are reserved).

Out of the three airlines offering direct flights, Qantas and V Australia offer the lowest fares. A round trip ticket during the off season costs between US$1153 and US$1236 depending on when you depart and when you book the ticket.

Money saving tips

It is always a good idea to start your search by looking at discount websites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline, as well as checking the airlines which have hubs in Los Angeles or Melbourne. Depending on the special deals, you might be able to find great prices without spending too much time searching.

It’s always a good idea to fly outside the peak season, which means between April and November. The fares are lower and there are more deals available. Also, it’s best to fly mid-week as you will be avoiding both the business travelers (which prefer Mondays) and the holidaymakers (which prefer the weekend).

Book your ticket in advance, but not too far in advance. Typically if you manage to book your flight 2-8 weeks before departure you should get the best deals available.