If you are mobile and flexible, you can always attempt to find the cheapest airfare possible for flights to Australia from USA. In case you missed the geography lessons, both Australia and the USA are very large countries so there are a lot of airports to choose from. Direct flights are offered to Sydney from either Los Angeles or San Francisco and the prices are similar.

Airport choices

The biggest airport in Australia is Sydney (Kingsford Smith) International Airport, a major hub for Qantas . The second largest is Melbourne Airport , also hub for Qantas and focus city for Virgin Blue . Other important airports can be found in Brisbane, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Cairns and Darwin.

The busiest airport in the USA is Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport , a hub for Delta Air Lines . The second busiest airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport , a hub for United Airlines and American Airlines . Other busy airports can be found in Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, New York and Phoenix.

Best airline choices

Direct flights to Australia from USA are offered by the following airlines:

  • United Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Qantas
  • Air New Zealand


Typical prices

Considering how big both countries are and the many possibilities for choosing a flight between them, it’s impossible to pinpoint the typical prices for such flights. However, we can tell you that the shortest and cheapest flights to Australia from USA are between either Los Angeles or San Francisco and Sydney. The flights take little over 14 hours.

As spring approaches in the Southern Hemisphere, the ticket prices tend to get more expensive. For example, by early October a round trip ticket starts at $1451, although in mid September the prices are still quite low, starting from $896.

Money saving tips

For such long flights, it’s always a good idea to look for promotions and special offers. Try to be open-minded about the airline and the cities you will fly between. You should check the discounted websites such as Expedia, Vayama, Priceline, Hotwire and Travelocity.

Fly mid-week to save on airfare and avoid the holiday weekends at all costs. Remember that the seasons are reserved in Australia compared to the USA so the winter holidays also coincide with the busiest and most expensive summer months.

Book your ticket in advance but stick to a 2 to 8 weeks period between booking and departing (unless you can find special promotions which run for long periods of time). Last minute tickets aren’t always affordable on such long flights.