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Qantas has launched a sale for departures out of the US and, while all cabins are technically on sale, it’s the Economy Class fares that are worth a closer look.
Headline Fare Rules
- Outbound travel period: 6 May – 4 Jul 2019, 5 Aug – 29 Sep 2019 or 3 Nov – 8 Dec 2019 (to Sydney or Melbourne); 6 May – 3 Jun 2019, 5 Aug – 14 Sep 2019 or 3 Nov – 8 Dec 2019 (to Brisbane).
- All advertised fares are for mid-week Monday through Thursday travel only.
- Weekend Friday through Sunday travel is permitted for an additional fare.
- There’s a 21-day advance purchase requirement
- 5-day minimum stay.
Departures From Dallas Fort Worth
- Brisbane – from $819 roundtrip
- Melbourne – from $819 roundtrip
- Sydney – from $819 roundtrip
Departures From Los Angeles
- Brisbane – from $749 roundtrip
- Melbourne – from $749 roundtrip
- Sydney – from $749 roundtrip
Departures From New York
- Brisbane – from $949 roundtrip
- Melbourne – from $949 roundtrip
- Sydney – from $949 roundtrip
Departures From Los Angeles
- Brisbane – from $789 roundtrip
- Melbourne – from $789 roundtrip
- Sydney – from $789 roundtrip
Flights to Australia are generally on the expensive side so some of these deals are actually pretty good…especially the deals out of Los Angeles.
There are two important things to bear in mind when considering what to book:
- Not all flights will be non-stop (so check what you’re booking before you book)
- Qantas offers different aircraft on different routes and the various aircraft offer different levels of comfort.
Qantas operates its new 787-9 Dreamliner out of San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles (the New York flights route through Los Angeles) and it’s on this aircraft that Economy Class passengers have the most personal space.
The Economy Class seats on the Dreamliner offer 17.5″ of width and 32″ of seat pitch (legroom) while the seats on the airline’s A380 (offered out of Dallas) and 747s (some flights out of SFO) offer the same seat with but only 31″ of seat pitch.
I’m reasonably sure that anyone booking these fares will be crediting their flights to the American Airlines AAdvantage program but, just in case we have any readers crediting them to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, it’s worth remembering that the airline is offering double points on bookings made by 31 March and flown by 23 July 2019.
As far as airlines go I really like Qantas as I find the onboard service to be noticeably better than the service we’re used to from our domestic carriers and better even than the service on a few airlines that people think are still good but really aren’t all that special any more (like Cathay Pacific).
Be aware that there may be cheaper Economy Class deals available on carriers like United and American but, unless the savings are significant, I’d probably choose Qantas just to ensure I get a cabin crew who know what the word ‘service’ means.
If I wasn’t already booked to fly to Australia on miles I’d probably be quite tempted by the $749 roundtrip fare to Sydney out of LA….as long as I could reserve an exit row.