If you’ve thought about visiting Australia in 2019 but needed that extra nudge, here it is [cue gentle shoving]: Qantas is running its Black Friday deal now, a whole week early, with the lowest prices the Australian airline has advertised all year. From now through Monday, you can get from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney for $739 round-trip in economy, $889 from Dallas/Fort Worth, and $949 from New York, and $4,999 in business class. Know that anything under $1,000 in economy is a steal; same holds true for under and around $5,000 for business class (you could be paying anywhere from $8,000-$10,000).
Qantas also flies the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on flights from New York to Brisbane (via L.A.), and from L.A. and San Francisco to Melbourne, which is one of the most comfortable ways to go long haul. (The Dreamliner has Qantas’s newest Business Suites, with upgraded lie-flat seats we’ve heard people rave about, though the suites still exist on the Airbus A380, which is what you would fly from Dallas/Fort Worth, and from L.A. to Sydney.)
If you’re feeling particularly spontaneous and want a holiday getaway—during Australia’s summer—flights will be on sale from $1,089 in economy and $4,999 in business for travel from December 11 through January 6 from some cities.
How to book: Head over to Qantas’s sale site and choose your departure city. Each has a specific set of travel dates, which apply to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne:
- San Francisco: $739 round-trip economy, for travel February 3–June 27; July 24–Sept. 17
- Los Angeles: $739 round-trip economy, for travel February 6–June 26; July 24–Sept. 17
- Dallas: $889 round-trip economy, for travel January 27–February 3; February 10–June 28; July 24–September 17
- New York: $949 round-trip economy, for travel February 2–June 26; July 24–September 17
As Traveler‘s Bridget Hallinan told you before, “economy tickets include one carry-on and two (two!) pieces of checked luggage. The Readers’ Choice Award-winning airline also offers some of the best in-flight meals and Australian wines, no matter the cabin.”
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