Found these while searching Virgin flights and playing around with dates and departure cities.
Check it out, might be able to get it from Mel/Bris etc.
SYS meant to be SYD yeah?
Already edited :)
Bought for this price MEL>LA direct for dates in May around a fortnight ago. Great price.
Just had a quick go and managed $1077 return from Melbourne!
So tempted now!
A quick look at my booking and yeah, I got $1077 too. Whoops!
Give in to your temptation :)
Mate, I could not find this $1077…???? Please help!
Here's an example I just tried.
Melbourne to Los Angeles
Depart Thursday 7th March $573.33
Return Thursday 4th April $503.85
When you input the dates, click the button that says you're flexible with dates so it will bring up more dates around your input date. It will highlight the cheapest fares.
Flown this route on Virgin quite a few times. Really good service and way better than the alternatives on Delta and especially United.
Delta?? They are codesharing with Virgin are they not?
Delta flies their own planes ("metal") to Australia, too — DL16 (SYD-LAX) and DL17 (LAX-SYD). I wouldn't recommend them over Virgin, though! :)
Yep, I've been moved from VA1 to DL16 when a connecting flight changed. Way worse experience.
I flew DL16 Syd to LA about 1 week ago. Was happy enough however I haven't flown on the VA alternative to compare. The seats were comfy enough and the plane was on time, which is all I can really ask for.
The food was pretty average though.
Thought I got a good deal last month when paid $100 more than that. I take it refund for the difference would be out of the question
cheaper through jetabroad, flight price might be $5 more, but they dont charge the CC fee. so its cheaper in the long run
I bought tickets syd > lax for $1077 (final price) 2 weeks ago.
Great thing about virgin is you can pay via Bpay therefore avoiding such charges (if thats an option of course)
just did a test booking, it says:
Payment Immediate payment required
How can you payment immediately and avoid the $30 per person CC charge?
You can pay by BPAY before midnight on the same day as booking if you are not travelling in the next 10 days. If you want to travel in the next 10 days just call them and explain that and they will waive the fees. (I'm not a Virgin Australia spokesperson, just work there)
when is the good time to book flights to say salt lake (via la) for next february? thinking of skiing there.
I wouldn't try to ski there if I were you. It's too far. ;-)
Would December 2013 be around the corner or is there a wait? Wanting to head there for Xmas
Flights usually get released about 350 days in advance so you'll probably need to wait a little longer.
For those wanting to book on VA operated flights rather than a Delta codeshare these are the flight numbers to look for:
VA1 - Sydney to LA
VA2 - LA to Sydney
VA7 - Brisbane to LA
VA8 - LA to Brisbane
VA23 - Melbourne to LA
VA24 - LA to Melbourne
Hi Donga100, great help, thanks. Are there any deals still on where there is a free domestic flight HBA-MEL or HBA-SYD if your booking these international deals ? Any other details or links you can provide if thats the case?
Sorry, no deal like that with a free HBA-MEL or HBA-SYD flight. I would recommend joining Velocity if you haven't already done so. Even the cheapest return fares to LAX will earn enough points for a $50 Myer voucher.
Joining velocity was the best move I ever made in terms of travel. Booking international flights with virgin nearly nets my fiancee and I enough points to get us to Syd airport from CBR which is great :D
I'm not regularly fussed about these point systems, however, just by booking SYD -> LAX we earned about 11,000 points, plus 2000 points with our virgin credit card. We earned 20,000 bonus points just by applying for the credit card which was more than enough to get us a few CBR -> SYD flights.
Yep, already with velocity as silver. Earning most of my cc points against westpac and also QFF at present, but heading across to a virgin association in the next few months. Just to confirm, was there was a free domestic at some stage though, maybe only for Asia routings?
I'm not aware of a free domestic connection from HBA before but MEL, SYD and BNE usually have them as standard so that the price is the same whether you choose a direct flight or not.
Tip. Pair arrive/depart from San Diego with either New York, Boston and a few other possible cities and its around $1100. Very cheap way to get to the eastern seaboard
(You can't book this with through virgin website. So play with the dates on ITA Matrix and book with Kayak, etc
So are you saying by flying to San Diego from Lax, its really cheap to get to east coast? What Airlines?
Virgin australia of course (with code shares of partner airlines for us domestic legs)
Basically the Idea is if San Diego is involved it allows you to set some other cities including those in the east coast for the same price as San Diego return (which is nearly the same price as LAX return)
Example is Brisbane to San Diego on march 10th, returning from Boston on April 15th for $1120.
I believe this means by the way you also get Virgins 46 kg luggage from the east coast which is great to carry the shopping home
It's a weird peculiarity with the rules which I found entirely by a fluke. And it only works with San Diego
I just checked and it works with syd as well. Not all dates is available of course and some months are basically super expensive to go to the USA.
I also believe it allows one free stopover so you can stopover in lax as well.
Can you explain what you mean by this? I want to get from the west coast to new york in June.
It's only for virgin aus deals from oz.
For cross country usa domestic flights often price is down to around $130 mark connecting major usa cities. Only some dates of course
go to flight centre and price beat them
Massive thanks to you Chthonic (O.P.) my wife and kids are in LA for 6 weeks, I couldn't get the whole time off work but after looking at this the price was too good to pass up ($315 for a Return Syd to LAX flight after using my points), outstanding. I've booked and will surprise them for the last two weeks.
Thank you !!!
No worries :)
Hopefully you have a great holiday with your family!
I'm actually going with my fiancee and we're planning to get married in Vegas at the Bellagio :D
That's an amazing price, but I don't fly econ anymore - how much for business??
Hi MrZ, the best fare in business from MEL is currently $6229 to LAX or $6243 to SFO, SEA or LAS. The list of fares can be found here Those prices are for travel departing between now and 31 March but you can probably find similar prices for later in the year too. For business class it definitely pays to book further in advance as most of the best specials have a 50 day advance purchase rule.
Air New Zealand are also pretty cheap right now. You can get a return flight, MEL -> LAX for $1036 + $30 CC fee, which I just booked.
Which ones are the newer Virgin planes?
Or are they all new?
All the planes that fly to LAX are new (bought in 2009). They are Boeing 777-300.
Oh ok. Cheers mate!
Also do you know how long these prices will be around for?
I'm looking to go around August, although haven't really planned anything yet.
Was hoping it'd be the same price for the next few months or so, so I don't have to rush the planning :P
Sale finishes on the 17th January :(
I don't recall seeing the price this low in the last 2 years so would probably book sooner rather than later if you can get it for around $1100.
reading many comments from other company reps, if i could I would give 5 star rating to the virgin reps.
17th?! OMG!!! :(
Well that sucks :(
Wouldn't happen to have any inside info on whether there'll be another sale in the not too distant future would you? ;) ;)
Thanks for replying so promptly by the way!
Sorry, no inside info. There are always sales happening but some are better than others.
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