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$292 (avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

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Qantas Airways
Overall score based on 4,864 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.6
Food
Airline reviews

Cons: "Delay"

Pros: "Getting through airport at Sydney was nice and easy, and good overall at JFK."
Cons: "LAX was not an easy navigation from terminal to terminal, as there was little info provided in flight and a serious lack of good signage or information booths at the airport."

Pros: "Entire flight there was no comfort- crew was brash and unfriendly -"

Pros: "I got to my destination safely and on time. Food and service were above average."

Pros: "The food was good. They had this pizza on focaccia bread that was amazing!"
Cons: "Same type of staff as my inbound flight. Some of the same folks too. Pushy, rushed, grabby, unfriendly. There were a few good stewards, but most could give 2 sh*ts about you."

Pros: "Crew was attentive and pleasant. Came around often to make all was ok. Seats were comfortable for a flight that long with the pillows and blankets provided."
Cons: "The fact that it took off a half hour late. This was blamed on a passsenger and their paperwork. While I can appreciate they took a little extra time that amount was in my opinion too much. With running that late along with the grounds crew taking over an hour to get the bags off the plane, we along with many others missed our connecting flight. Based on the oh well attitude of the supposed manager at American Airlines/qantas I won't be taking qantas on my next trip."

Pros: "The crew was lovely and fairly attentive in business class. I had access to the First Class lounge in Sydney and it is wonderful. Even has a spa, though don't expect first class spa treatment. Uh, plane was clean and food was ok, but getting a cocktail was difficult."
Cons: "Business class seats are uncomfortable and there is nowhere to store and easily access something as simple as a book. There is a storage compartment on the seat in front of you, which you cannot reach without getting out of your seat.. While the seats do go flat, it's not something you can sleep on your side for long. Ended up reclined and sleeping on my back, which is not ideal. accessing my reservation was impossible and had to call Australia to get a seat assignment, which was reassigned by the time we checked in anyway. I care where I sit and book early to have choices. I hate to say it but I was not impressed."

Pros: "13 hours might seem long but other carriers had longer flight times. Qantas was friendly and efficient. The flight itself was smooth. The B747-400 aircraft, while old, was comfortable. I slept for most of the flight with the help of some melatonin. The entertainment selection was good. The service was good. I would happily fly Qantas again on my next Australian adventure."
Cons: "The headphone connection in my seat was wonky on both flights to and from SFO-SYD. It was the same aircraft."

Pros: "Food was better than expected. Appreciate the multiple snacks in the middle of the flight. Appreciated the 2nd cup of coffee in the morning. The crew serving the food had excellent customer service skills. The movies listed on the website were different than the actual flight. I really wanted to see a couple that weren't available."
Cons: "There wasn't anything that was disappointing that stands out to me."

Pros: "Good food. You"

Pros: "Qantas accommodated our 22 month old by providing us a seat in the middle, vacant. This was amazing and thoroughly appreciated."

Cons: "I had pre-requested a seat and got moved when I arrived but I didn't notice so I couldn't ask to be reseated until I got on the plane and realized. I also found the crew to be blunt and not friendly."

Pros: "Thanks Qantas for a great trip home. Good food and service."
Cons: "The new uniform look is terrible."

Pros: "The flight itself was fine. Point a to point b with no hiccups."
Cons: "The cabin crew was rude and had no self awareness. 2 times where I wasn't finished with my drink and they grabbed it right out of my hands. I was grabbing it so they could clear everything else but they took it as me trying to hand it to them. Both times I told them I was still drinking that and they disregarded it and threw it in the trash without hesitation. It's like they were robots on autopilot. Also, the male attendant in my row would always bump me pretty severely with his bum while grabbing things from the cart."

Pros: "We had comfortable seats and a pleasant flight. Food was good for airline food. Plenty of water and fresh fruit available all through the flight"
Cons: "Wasn't able to complete on line check in."

Pros: "Excellent people who made the flight very nice. Extremely personable."

Pros: "Once on the plane, the seats, meals and service was great"
Cons: "The lounge was horrible. Crowded, lack of choice for food and drink. Not even crisps available, just stodgy white bread sandwiches and some deep fried (frozen) samosas. Nothing in any way healthy, nothing meat free. The service was however a very high standard, but the staff only had what they had to work with. This flight is always full, so I don't understand why Qantas does not fix this problem."

Pros: "The inflight service was great - friendly attendants and great food. The washroom was checked throughout the flight and was still in great shape by the end of the trip."

Cons: "Na"

Pros: "Gf food was good"
Cons: "Tight searing"

Pros: "This was AA flying for Quantas and it was all very nice; the taste of the food left something to be desired, but it was all decent portions and we were fed three times. The staff was terribly accommodating and friendly. The entertainment was top notch! The flight was smooth and was as comfortable as a 12 hour flight can be. After the hellish experience I had at both O'hare and LAX, it was a lovely way to end/begin the trip."
Cons: "Nothing, really."

Pros: "Great business class hard product"

Pros: "Good service, on time"
Cons: "Coffee, not good enough"

Pros: "I like the services"

Cons: "I asked for coffee after the first meal service but it never came."

Pros: "Service and food where good"
Cons: "The TV screen was not responsive and headphones outlet was mest up at both seats on each flight. When you plug in headphones you get only one speaker working or non at all. We couldn't injoy intertaiment consel at all."

Pros: "Awesome service!"

Pros: "On time efficient service"
Cons: "Food."

Pros: "Everything on time."

Pros: "Great service and comfort"

Pros: "Impeccable service, food, and overall experience from the crew. It has always been a joy to fly Qantas, and I'm glad to see that is something that doesn't change."
Cons: "If you are going to travel with a little one, have the common decency to help your poor wife take care of them as well. You had three seats, the entire middle aisle, yet you decided to take the open seat next to me so they could lay down together. That was nice, I get it, sure. But if your baby is going to cry for hours (and hours, it was a 10.5 hour flight, that poor kid must have been exhausted), pause the movie for a minute, and maybe try to help. I don't mind being inconvenienced for the little ones, I'm a dad of 4 myself, I've traveled a lot and know how it goes. But jesus christ, she's your wife, that's your child, try taking care of them."

Pros: "Crew was nice and offered extra drinks when asked."
Cons: "Screaming crying babies"

Cons: "Flight was delayed 4 hours. Passengers were given "meal" vouchers for terminal restaurants but they weren't valid on alcohol (which was needed after 4 hours of waiting!) Boarding was chaotic with everyone anxious to GO! Crew was cranky."

Pros: "Crew on the plane was a group of wonderful ladies. Always smiling & pleasant, even when they had to move people around. Great service with a smile."
Cons: "No info ahead of time about checking in. Once we got to the airport, I was told that I should have known better & checked in 24 hours prior. initially, the agent said that all seats are appropriated randomly. At the gate, I'm told different. I had to fight tooth & nail to get a seat next to my wife (who often gets airsick). It didn't feel good to have to argue & make a scene to accomplish this."

Cons: "Average airline compared to Singapore & MZ airlines"

Pros: "Good food, movies and just 10x better than discount airlines"

Pros: "The crew was helpful. Food was good. Really like the individual entertainment screens!"
Cons: "Sad because it was more crowded and we couldn't get by a window. On top of that, the sky cam must have been broken so we couldn't even watch from our screens. I won't travel on a Friday again. Would be nice to have a bit more leg room!"

Pros: "Tivi was broken"
Cons: "the crew gave me 50.00$ credit back to next fly I am very impress"

Pros: "Plane crew all ok"
Cons: "The staff at the check in desk was really really rude and mean. I went there because I was desparate due to my flight delay. I kept asking things because I was confused but she treated me so awful. SHE EVEN SAID “NO MORE QUESTION” and threw me away. Really Disrespectful."

Pros: "food service PJs"

Pros: "Big, safe plane. The pilot striving to land us close to the originally-scheduled time, even though we boarded the plane an hour late. He did it! A++ to Qantas for providing a spigot at the back of the plane to refill water bottles, thus lessening the amount of plastic used."
Cons: "I ordered vegetarian meals and they were TOO SPICY. Being served a flaming hot tomato curry and spicy potatoes for BREAKFAST was ridiculous."

Cons: "A jacket of ours was accidentally left on the plane, and when I returned 5 minutes later I was not allowed to retrieve it. So I went to flight services to try and retrieve the jacket and they did almost nothing to try and help me get it. In fact we ultimately lost the jacket because they told us that they probably threw it away with all of the blankets and pillows from the flight. That was very frustrating."

Pros: "So easy to get from international to domestic. Which was such a releif when trying to get home to a family emergency"

Pros: "It was on time"

Pros: "Documentaries, food, wine, service, seats"
Cons: "Turbulence"

Pros: "Qantas Airlines really made traveling a pleasure. The little extras like, chocolate snacks, ice cream, a huge selection of entertainment, the most current navigation systems that allowed you to know and see at ever minute exactly where you were on the journey, just to name a few. I also found the staff especially pleasant. Thank you Qantas"
Cons: "Our plane home was a little older and the seats weren't as comfortable as they could have been."

Cons: "If ever fly to Canada again will go direct via Air Canda - Sydney to Vancouver and avoid USA immigration which took 2 hrs to get through"

Pros: "Comfortable seats, excellent customer service from staff, and excellent in-flight entertainment. Meals from JFK -> Sydney was good."
Cons: "Meals from Sydney -> JFK was terrible, not sure why since going to Sydney was great."

Pros: "The crew seemed very helpful and wanted to make it easier for families with children, so I moved from my row of 4 in the middle and got 2 seats on the side instead, which worked out great. I know some flights are more full and can't do this but it was really nice and made the flight more comfortable. Also the wine was a nice touch too :)"
Cons: "Didn't seem nearly as clean of an aircraft as the Virgin Australia flight I had taken on my way into Australia, but maybe it was a newer aircraft. Regardless, the toilet could have been a bit cleaner."

Pros: "Crew were amazing, food was delicious"
Cons: "Boarding was delayed with no explanation, we sat once boarded waiting to take off not knowing what the further delay was, ended up arriving and clearing customs an hour behind schedule. This is becoming more common with my flights with Virgin Australia."

Cons: "Missed my flight due to lost luggage"

Pros: "The service on board was excellent and the flight atendants really nice"

Pros: "Seats reclined comfortably but were definitely cramped & crew was pleasant. I got my first choice on meals in both economy x while sitting in the front while headed to Oz and regular economy when sitting in the back on the way home."
Cons: "Only one drink service included, which came with the first meal. The rest of the options were water throughout the flight until breakfast when juice or coffees and teas were offered. Entertainment was a little dated, including HBO series from the early 2000’s rather than newer shows. Flight was an hour late without explanation & there wasn’t the starry night sky that I heard so much about. Overall I’d fly again if it was a good flight deal but I wouldn’t specifically seek the airline out when planning another trip."

Cons: "No organization in check in process. Staff unfriendly and unhelpful. No control over situation."

Pros: "Crew was good, and water was served frequently."
Cons: "Got out late from Sydney and got stuck in a holding pattern in Bali. We had to take a shuttle to and from the plane was was cramped with screaming children. Due to the delay we got stuck at immigration for 50min. We weren’t told about the entertainment until already on the plane when we couldn’t download the app."

Pros: "Complimentary snack and drink."

Pros: "Such a comfortable flight. No complaints at all."

Pros: "Seats, crew, boarding normal"
Cons: "No entertainment, food or charging port"

Pros: "flight was delayed."
Cons: "service"

Pros: "Overall service is excellant ."
Cons: "not really."

Pros: "Easy flight and transfer to domestic."

Pros: "Service from the crew was good, however it would have nice to have been woken & offered lunch."
Cons: "Too many screaming children! Very cold."

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Nothing, the flight cancelled and their rescheduling efforts were not any consolation."

Cons: "I missed my flight due to my first flight being 45 minutes late and excessive wait for my luggage in order to clear customs"

Pros: "Service was very good. Movie selection was very good. Flight was very good."

Pros: "On time and friendly crew"

Pros: "The crew was lovely. Super impressed."

Pros: "Friendly service, superb service in peak rush hour. Willing to pay extra to fly with virgin every single time!"
Cons: "Delayed boarding. But wasnt a big deal."

Pros: "We had a great experience from beginning to end. Our check-in was easy. We were prepared to pay for our bags but per surprised and please that our bags were checked through to our final destination. It was our first time flying Virgin but not our last. Great Job!!"
Cons: "We arrived at the gate early and they made us move to another area. There was no reason for this since our flight was the next flight. The staff at the gate Sydney were not nice, friendly or respectful. It was disappointing since our check-in was remarkably great. Maybe they were having a bad day."

Pros: "overall excellent service"

Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Check-in process was terrible; all automated and designed to suck additional funds from your wallet. "Food" was toy-sized, and every beverage except tea, water and coffee costs extra. I'm going back to Qantas."

Pros: "Whole row to myself"
Cons: "Turbulence and I slept through to beverage/snack service"

Cons: "Breakfast was sub-par (bad frittata, beans and fatty bacon rasher). Fewer movie selections on inflight entertainment compared to previous USA-Australia trips."

Pros: "Hostess smile everytime"

Cons: "Virgin Australia staff were extremely unhelpful when I called from Sydney (20+hrs before landing in LAX) to find alternative flight to JFK due to snow. Their inability to rectify the situation on the spot resulted in all outbound flights to LA being full by the time I landed in LAX and a subsequent 3-day stay in LA… hence missing my wedding anniversary. Thankfully my husband purchased the first available ticket at US$1,000 and was able to get me back to NYC in time to celebrate our wedding anniversary. I am extremely disappointed that Virgin Australia did not amend the flight when I first called - staff in LA further reinforced that Syd ground staff should have been more helpful. On top of all of this I had to pay US$120 for excess baggage due to 20kg restrictions - what international flight only allows 20kg. All in all this has been an extremely disappointing experience and I will not be flying virgin for any further international trips."

Pros: "On time and smooth"
Cons: "nothing specific"

Pros: "cheese and tomato SW"
Cons: "too many yuppies"

Cons: "No complimentary food, no entertainment, rude flight attendant"

Pros: "The flight crew was very attentive even w/ a full cabin. The flight itself was uneventful. On board entertainment made the 13+ hour flight less miserable. For economy class I felt like the amount of leg was generous."
Cons: "I food was not spectacular but it was adequate. My expectations for economy class are never high so I don't really feel this is a negative it was as expected."

Pros: "Like Virgin Australia's inflight entertainment app which works on board."
Cons: "Long lines for baggage drop in Sydney Domestic airport. That airport needs some improvement."

Pros: "It was a very welcoming experience from the flight crew"
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "...we still arrived only 20 minutes late. The cabin crew was friendly and very efficient. I hardly waited at all for my bags."

Pros: "Flight was perfect, just a hassle with check-in."
Cons: "VERY long lines to drop our bags for check-in."

Pros: "The crew was very friendly and competent. The seats are fine but there is very little room to store anything within reach."

Cons: "Changed my flight at last minute and put me on a much later flight."

Pros: "everything else fine"
Cons: "Very long lines to check in"

Pros: "The flight was dine check in atbausney airport a mihhate"

Pros: "Bumpy but I guess VA can't do much about that. Everything else was perfect. Thank you"

Cons: "I have a disability and they damaged my electric scooter which I use to get around. They expressed no concern at all and told me they took no responsibility for damage to anything they carried."

Pros: "The flight was very short, easy, and pleasant."
Cons: "It was very cold on the plane."

Pros: "Good staff, snack and sear"

Pros: "Hassle free no worrying about re arranging your bags or anything, they were friendly and everything was a breeze."

Pros: "We traveled business class. So everything except the IPad entertainment was first rate."

Cons: "Absolutely awful customer service and accommodations"

Pros: "The crew was friendly and helpful."
Cons: "Loud and noisy flight. With it being a red-eye I thought they should make an effort to quiet the plane down."

Pros: "I appreciated that the plane was on time at both ends the attendants were on cue throughout the flight."

Pros: "Friendly service, nice leg room in front row"
Cons: "Flight was changed to New Zealand Air, and i was not informed. Checked bag was now $120 NZD charge instead of free... on an international flight! Also had to pay to watch a movie."

Pros: "Generous coach seating, plentiful tasty food, all the creature comforts we needed."
Cons: "The entertainment system touch screens do not respond well."

Pros: "Service is always wonderful!!"

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