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

Qantas has launched a new Fly Away to the USA sale, with other airlines following suit in dropping prices.

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

Example fares

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

  • Honolulu from $849 return
  • San Francisco from $904
  • Los Angeles from $930
  • Chicago from $1,194
  • Houston from $1,245
  • Dallas/Fort Worth from $1,249
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

Those in Perth and Adelaide can fly to LA or San Francisco via the East Coast from $1,049 return, whilst flights to New York via LA start at $1,299.

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

United plane on SYD tarmac
United is part of Star Alliance, meaning you can earn KrisFlyer miles with them
  • If you would prefer to have more legroom, you’ll get:
    • 32 inches with Virgin Australia, United and Qantas (Boeing 787 Dreamliner)
    • 31 inches with American Airlines, Delta 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. I predict that the exchange rate will continue to depreciate in 2020, meaning that the US will continue to become a more expensive destination for us.


Depart: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or Adelaide

Arrive: Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston or New York

Dates: October 2019 to June 2020 (excluding school holidays)

Airline: Qantas, Virgin Australia, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and United

Cost: From $849 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 between the East Coast and New York in Economy Class, you’ll earn 12,400 Qantas Points + 140 Status Credits. Point Hacks values those points at 2 cents each, meaning that you are effectively earning a cashback of $248—compare that to your $1,299 fare!

Read more in our guide to where to credit points.

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. Most fares are on sale until 13 September.

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: the cheapest prices we’ve seen on flights to the US in six months was last modified: September 11th, 2019 by Matt Moffitt