With so many airlines flying between Los Angeles and Sydney, it’s easy to find a good deal. It’s important though to remember that as the summer season draws closer, the prices climb. And summer in Australia starts in December and ends in March. The lowest fares are during the off season.

Airport choices

Sydney is served by Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport (SYD), located in a suburb of the city, about 8 km from the city center. The airport is hub for Qantas and a very important gateway into Australia. To get from the airport to the city center you can choose a train, taxi, bus or rent a car.

When flying out of Los Angeles, there are several airports to choose from. However, the biggest one is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). It is located about 16 miles from downtown and is a major gateway to South Pacific, therefore the changes to find good deals to Australia are greater here than if you were flying out of smaller airports. The airport is hub for United Airlines, as well as a focus city for American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Alaska Airlines.

Best airline choices

The following airlines offer direct flights from Los Angeles to Sydney:

  • V Australia
  • Delta
  • Northwest
  • United Airlines
  • Qantas
  • US Airways
  • American Airlines


Typical prices

Typically, the prices for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney are at their highest during the peak summer months (December to March). During spring and autumn the prices are lower.

Out of the airlines offering direct flights from Los Angeles to Sydney, Qantas and United Airlines seem to have the lowest fares. Depending when you book the flight and when you depart, a round trip ticket during the off season costs between US$744 and US$830. As spring approaches prices can be as high as US$1500 for a round trip flight.

Money saving tips

It is always a good idea to start your search by looking at discount websites such as Expedia, Travelocity, and Priceline which allow the tourists to compare the fares making it easy to choose the best deal.

You should also consider looking on the airlines’ websites, especially at those airlines which use the airports as hubs: Qantas and United Airlines. The chances to find good deals are higher than in the case of other airlines.

Try to fly outside the peak summer season and remember that in Australia summer lasts between December and March. During the winter, the prices are at their lowest. So outside those months the prices will be lower. Consider flying mid-week when the prices are lower compared to the weekend.

Book your ticket about 2 to 8 weeks in advance. Studies show that if you manage to stick to that time frame you’ll get the best deal.