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Houston2 stops$1,382
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FAQs - booking United States flights

  • Can I fly directly to the United States?

    Australia has multiple airports to depart from when flying to the United States, and they serve various airlines flying directly along this route. You can fly with Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas or American Airlines, depending on your budget and ideal route.

  • Which holidays may affect flights to the United States?

    National and religious holidays can affect flights from Australia to the United States. In general, Christmas and the Sunday after Thanksgiving (December), and New Year’s are the busier travel days. Flight availability and prices could be unpredictable, so booking your ticket well in advance is wise to avoid overpaying.

  • What are the visa requirements when flying to the United States?

    Checking if you’re eligible for the visa waiver program when flying to the United States from Australia is crucial. As an Aussie, you’ll only need to apply online using the Electronic System for Travel Authorization because Australia falls under the waiver program. If you’re ineligible for the program, make sure to organise the visa you need.

  • What are the pet policies for flights to the United States?

    Travelling with your furry mate should be exciting, but you must adhere to the airline’s pet policies. For most airlines, your pet should be in a carrier, except for service animals. You should also carry health and veterinary certificates to enter the United States.

  • Which airport should I arrive at if I am planning to visit the Grand Canyon?

    When travelling to the Grand Canyon, the most convenient airport for you to fly into is Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), which is just a 1h 30min drive from the landmark. Otherwise, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is the second closest, and you will be able to reach the canyon in just a 3h 30min drive.

  • What is the best way to travel to the Northeastern region of the United States?

    If you are hoping to visit the Northeastern region of the United States, such as Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, or Delaware, some of the most convenient airports for you to land at are Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Bradley International Airport (BDL).

  • Which airports are closest to Niagara Falls?

    When visiting Niagara Falls, there are two primary airports for travellers to choose from, which are Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM). While Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG) is located in the United States and is just over 6 km away from the scenic landmark, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) can be found in Canada and is 80 km away from the falls.

  • I am planning on visiting Sequoia National Park. How should I travel there?

    There are two airports which are within reasonable driving distance of Sequoia National Park: Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) and Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS). When flying from Australia, you will find that it is generally easiest to book a flight that has a stopover in either Phoenix or Los Angeles and that brings you to the final destination of Fresno. Once you have landed, it is quickest to reach the park by car, which takes approximately 1h 30min to 2h depending on traffic.

  • How long is the flight to the United States?

    An average direct flight from Australia to the United States takes 21h 25m, covering a distance of 22092 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - Los Angeles with an average flight time of 14h 15m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to the United States?

    The cheapest ticket to the United States from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $262 one-way, and $535 round-trip. The most popular route is Melbourne to Los Angeles and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $939.

  • Which airlines fly to the United States?

    Qantas Airways, American Airlines & Alaska Airlines fly the most frequently from Australia to the United States.

  • What are the most popular destinations in the United States?

    Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is Los Angeles (25% of total searches to the United States). The next most popular destinations are New York (25%) and Honolulu (6%). Searches for flights to San Francisco (5%), to Dallas (5%) and to Ontario (3%) are also popular.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to the United States

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest United States flight deals.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is convenient when flying to the United States from Australia, mainly with major airlines such as Qantas and United Airlines. It is one of the busiest hubs because of its proximity to other airports. You can also land at San Francisco Airport (SFO). It is a major hub for Cathay Pacific, Alaska Airlines and United Airlines.
  • If you are flying from Australia and want to stay around the East Coast of the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) will be an ideal option. You’ll easily find connecting flights to your desired destination.
  • If you are planning to travel to the Northwestern region of the United States, it is best to book flights to either Portland International Airport (PDX) or Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), as both of these are large travel hubs and service flights to most major cities in the country.
  • Certain states have strict laws regarding what agricultural products can be transported across their borders, so make sure that you know the regulations before you fly to the United States. For example, both Hawaii and Oregon do not allow fresh fruit to be brought into their territories by travellers.
  • As flights from Australia to the United States are long, many of them require travellers to have a stopover, with some common options being major Australian travel hubs, like Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne, as well as countries such as Singapore.
  • For those that will be going to Southwestern states, like Arizona and New Mexico, Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) are two of the most convenient destination choices.
  • Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is one of the most popular airports in the Midwest region of the United States, as it provides travellers with easy access to the states of Illinois and Indiana.
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Top 5 airlines flying to the United States

Need help choosing which airline to fly with from Australia to the United States? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
8.1
Air New ZealandOverall score based on 565 reviews
8.2Comfort
8.7Crew
7.6Food
7.8Entertainment
8.4Boarding
Airline reviews

Gate agent was fantastic in Auckland. They wanted to charge me for my two bags even though I was gold member with United in Tonga. So I had to pay for an upgrade. The meals on both flights had no vegetarian option. The only one item the salad was not tasty at all. Good thing I had brought my own snacks. The bread was white roll which is so not healthy. I think New Zealand air can definitely improve their food offering.

6.0 GoodSteve, July 2024TBU - AKL
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Gate agent was fantastic in Auckland. They wanted to charge me for my two bags even though I was gold member with United in Tonga. So I had to pay for an upgrade. The meals on both flights had no vegetarian option. The only one item the salad was not tasty at all. Good thing I had brought my own snacks. The bread was white roll which is so not healthy. I think New Zealand air can definitely improve their food offering.

The entire process was excellent! The economy sits are a bit snug so I'll have to be sure to purchase premier or business class next time but, other than that, food, service, attendants were exceptional. Gate agents and ticket agents too!

Can you please process refund. Mum died and dad went to Pakistan to bury her after cancelling flight.

Overall excellent but the Captain kept the seat belt sign on for far too long, especially at the beginning and end of the flight. It was 2 hours after take-off before the crew were able to start the service (on an 11 hour night flight, reducing our sleeping time) and the seat belt sign on went on during breakfast (90 mins before landing) and was not turned off again until we landed. This made for an uncomfortable journey of trying to limit fluid intake because it was unclear when the toilets would be available for use.

The staff and crew on board were excellent. Business class however, was very weird. I thought we would have individual pods, but the way it was set up was unexpected. Not very private and If you wanted to lay down, you had to have an entire bed made up for you by the crew, rather than how Delta one works where you could just lie down whenever you feel like it. It was a 16 hour flight. I chose not to have my bed made, and that turned out to be a good idea because everybody who had their bed made had to wait for the crew to roll up their mattresses. So strange!

Food was not good. We asked for Muslim food and it was weird tasteless type of boiled veges.

Crew were pleasant, happy to be there and were a joy to be around. Entire operation was professional, well thought out and ran like a Swiss clock.

Couldn’t request a vegan meal somehow but I noticed other people getting them

They announced food service but then never came around. We also couldn’t land so kept trying to get to runway and then had to come up and go around happened like 3 times and cause the child next to me to start throwing up

Good food and entertainment options. Great Staff that were all welcoming and caregiving.

Business class Seats on the A350 from Nan to YVR were wonderful. The flight crew was okay but could do with better training. Toilets were clean but ran out of paper towels towards the end of the flight. The food/menu and the wine offered really needs considerable improvement. Dinner options were either Bolani, a beef sandwich (even this could be made much better), or paneer butter masala. Unfortunately, if you are not a fan of Fijian food, there isn’t much choice. Dessert was either turmeric ice cream or fruits but unfortunately, they were out of fruit! So the only option was turmeric ice cream. I’m not certain how many passengers like turmeric but I am not one of them. They need to cater to a more diverse group of people. Perhaps they need a new chef? The movies& tv shows were mostly older so I didn’t find that interesting either. It was however, fun to view the plane’s exterior cameras as we take off and land. The best thing about this flight are the business class seats.

Comfortable as one can get in Economy, food was very good, staff were super friendly & efficient.

Really liked the plane and business class seat. Food was ok but could be better. Service was very good.

Better connections, much better cabin crew, much cleaner cabin that Qantas, American and probably other carriers.

Better connections, much better cabin crews, much cleaner aircraft than Qantas, American and probably others.

Fiji left without me because American Airlines was too stupid to get to LAX on time. Fiji should have offered a standby on another flight but they told me tough luck. I will never fly with this company again.

The A350 aircraft business class experience was very good. Comfortable and well appointed pod, and supplemental bed pad available for sleeping. Food was very good.

Business class seats and amenities were excellent, crew very attentive. Slept well. Food good, lounge experience nice. Would fly them again. A350 aircraft excellent, very quiet.

The flight attendants were extremely friendly and helpful. Everything ran on time. I highly recommend Fiji Airways.

The experience was lovely in every respect. The crews were delightful.

Plane a little late departing, but not an issue. The pilots humour when he said “I will try to make up some time…. I know a few short cuts to Adelaide” made the passengers chuckle. This is what makes Qantas “Australian”.

I have never had a problem with flying Qantas, so this flight was the same as any other.

After British Airways cancelled my London to Sydney and Virgin Australia refused to refund, there was no ways I would try Virgin Australia again, so it was Qantas - what a good flight experience. So much easier to get off an international flight and get a local flight without having to add extra amounts for baggage

The flight was delayed by 1.5 hours and most of the flights bags were not on the flight. Have also had no communication from QANTAS

I was thrilled with the bottle of water, blanket, pillow, earphones, and little packet of toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs. I was very satisfied with the meals and snacks and drinks. I alao was very grateful to have a seat that backs up against the lavatory, as it made it very easy to get to the bathroom without being jumped in line, as so often happens in the airplane. Of course that was just a random strike of luck, but it really made a difference.

Food was great. Customer Service not so much! Flight Delays.

The plane was delayed about 3 hours so anything else is immaterial

It was so hot on the plane mixed with being quite turbulent and a rough landing. We all felt very nauseous for hours afterwards. Crew were lovely though.

For a long haul, the flight was good. We left an hour late due to a seat in business class not working. But they made up time and we still got in on time or even early thanks to tailwinds. The crew was friendly. The meals were okay, nothing special.

Internet on internation flights is a basic comodity. Very disappointed. Same entertainment that has been on for the past year. Update your content for frequent flyers

There were issues with the first segment but what really bothered me overall is that you rebooked me and put me in a seat away from my wife and then put her in another booking or boarding group. I don't like having to monitor every little thing you guys do in order to get what I paid for in the first place.

Calgary desperately needs a star alliance lounge in the transborder area for United.

Your food is AWEFUL! For Premium Economy this was the WORST FOOD EVER - salad and tomatoes were all spoiled, "chicken" was awful and burnt. This is the WORST FOOD of ANY AIRLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! horrible

loved the bulkhead seats with all the extra leg room! The initial dinner was excellent unfortunately the last meal was unsatisfactory. Our salad was partially frozen and the pizza roll was 90% dough. My only complaint

We left 3 hours late. Of 4 flights on my trip, 3 left at least 3 hours late and one flight was canceled

See my previous comments. I was probably booked in business but was moved to economy

Delays!!! Serious delays. I was told by a member of staff in LGA that I would miss my DEN to LAX flight connection, so I was put on a later flight. Due to delays I would have been able to have made my original flight, where I was sat in business class - seat 1A: I was put on my original flight but bumped from business - 1A to economy 33C. I want a refund for paying business class but only flying economy

This flight was 2.5 hours delayed due to crew issues. This meant that we arrived after 2 AM. Very very inconvenient and we were not really kept well informed.

The new Airbus A231neo has neat tech but the economy seats are so tight together that I always had my shoulders against one passenger or the other. I was very miffed that Basic Economy REQUIRES check-in of bags other than your personal carry-on; if you want to offer low-cost airline prices and then add services for a fee, just let me carry on my duffel. Hell, I could have put my carry on IN the duffel and called it a day but the gate agent would not let me; I ended up paying $40 for the risk of losing my bag. Not the worst flight, but far from the best.

Brutal as can be … delayed by 24 hours then delayed and hour on the tarmac then delayed three hours in Chicago, screaming child behind me kicking the seat for the better part of 10 hours… couldn’t be worse

Flight was excellent in all aspects, - comfort , food, drinks, service, entertainment. Inspite of the computer glitch, the flight was on schedule and flawlessly. Thank you, air Canada.

We paid $110 for more leg room. My traveling companion’s knees were right up against the seat in front. Where was more leg room. We feel ripped off. Food,,,there wasn’t any not even a bag of pretzels. As a result, there was very little service.

The crew and the flight was excellent. Captain kept us informed about weather and possibly of turbulence and I appreciated that! The only thing is they didn’t have tv monitors. Other than that, everything was great.

One of the flight attendants was very attentive to a couple traveling with a child under 1 one year old.

We were delayed. Only got 1 snack. Seats were comfortable in preferred seating.

Flight was cancelled. Still stuck at airport. Going on 2 days straight, no sleep. Never fly Air Canada

Terrible. Flight in the morning was circling in air for 45 min due to weather then rerouted to a location further than the final destination to refuel. Sat on tarmac for almost 2 hrs to refuel. Flight was originally to land at 9:30am, we arrived at 2pm and then waited another 30 “for an agent”. Then afternoon return flight was delayed again 3 times for weather then cancelled. Auto rebooked was for the next evening! Just miserable.

Everything was fine, would have been excellent if there was a tv for the passengers to make the trip go faster. Crew was great and the flight was smooth. Snacks and beverages are always a plus.

It was fine. Give us free headphones or allow Bluetooth or something, or an app to watch on your phone. Grow up

I have never been on an older or dirtier plane.

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