If you are wanting to head to The States next year (excluding the school holidays), now would be a good time to buy.

Cheap fares are available on Qantas, Virgin Australia and American Airlines. You must depart on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday to access these special prices.

Virgin 737
Virgin Australia is one of the five airlines that fly nonstop from Australia to the US mainland

For comparison purposes, the last time we saw fares this low ($849) was just two months ago. However, the cheapest prices we’ve seen in a long time ($749) was back in March.

Example fares

You can find nonstop flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to:

  • Honolulu from $490 return (Jetstar only, so factor in checked baggage and food)
  • Los Angeles from $891
  • San Francisco from $1,035
  • Chicago from $1,192
  • Dallas/Fort Worth from $1,202
Nonstop flights Australia to US April 2020
Nonstop flights between Australia and the US, including Qantas’ upcoming services from Brisbane to San Francisco and Chicago

It seems that travellers in Adelaide can fly via one of the East Coast gateways for the same price. Readers in airports like Perth, Canberra and Cairns should budget for about $150 more.

How to choose which airline to fly in Economy Class to the US

If points are important to you, choose to fly:

If you would prefer to have more legroom, you’ll get:

  • 32 inches with Virgin Australia and Qantas (Boeing 787 Dreamliner)
  • 31 inches with American Airlines and Qantas (Airbus A380)
Qantas Boeing 787 Dreamliner Economy Class
You’ll get an extra inch of legroom if you fly on a Qantas’ 787 rather than A380

This handy Google Chrome extension compares legroom across airlines when performing a flight search.

A word of warning

Travellers from Australia will find that their Australian Dollars have 10% less power compared to their peak over the past year, so make sure to factor that into your budgeting.

Depart: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide

Arrive: Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago or Dallas/Fort Worth

Dates: mid-February to mid-September 2020 (excluding school holidays)

Airline: Qantas, Virgin Australia and American Airlines

Cost: From $891 in Economy

Where to credit points: Most of these fares earn points at a Discount Economy rate.

For example, on a return trip with Qantas or American Airlines between the East Coast and Los Angeles in Economy Class, you’ll earn 9,000 Qantas Points + 90 Status Credits. Point Hacks values those points at 2 cents each, meaning that you are effectively earning a cashback of $180—compare that to your $891 fare!

Read more in our guide to where to credit points.

American Airlines Boeing 777-200 at Santiago Airport
Qantas Frequent Flyers earn the same amount of points and Status Credits when they travel to the US with American Airlines as when they travel with Qantas

Lounge access:

American Express Lounge Sydney
American Express Lounge Sydney

Booking link: my suggestion is to compare your options at Google Flights and then click through to book directly on the airline’s website.

Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. Fares may disappear quickly, so we suggest booking as soon as you are confident in your travel dates.

Flight Deal: fly nonstop to the US for under $900 return was last modified: January 20th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt