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Miami, Florida Return from Melbourne $645, Sydney $661 on United @ IWTF

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United Airlines are having an incredible sale on flights to Miami, USA. This is the cheapest ever we have seen to mainland USA. Travel in Mar - Jun/20.

$645 Return Melbourne to Miami Flights. Click Here for more travel dates.
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$661 Return Sydney to Miami Flights. Click Here for more travel dates.
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  • +14 votes

    PSA: Get Travel Insurance. Get Travel Insurance. Get Travel Insurance. Get Travel Insurance. Get Travel Insurance. Get Travel Insurance.

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    Crazy price for people not scared of Corona and willing to risk catching it with no insurance coverage.

      • +11 votes

        I agree you have no more chance of catching it in the US than you do here. The difference is, if you catch it in Australia you will be treated here for free. If you catch it in the US (or anywhere else in the world pretty much) and require hospital treatment, no travel insurance will cover you and you will be more or less financially ruined.

        • +1 vote

          That's a huge factor. Also, you need to factor in potentially 2 weeks of self isolation after you get back. We are likely cancelling our Europe plans because of the extra head aches, and you don't want to bring it back if your parents are on the higher side of risk.

        • +1 vote

          no travel insurance will cover you and you will be more or less financially ruined

          That's hyperbole - you need to read the PDS of your travel insurance. However, an aggregate shows that around half of travel insurance policies will cover you for medical treatment.

          Source: https://www.choice.com.au/travel/money/travel-insurance/arti...

          Something else that might be worth considering as well is that one of the reasons why we haven't seen a massive outbreak here in Australia is because the weather has been rather warm/hot. There's some evidence which shows that it's worse in colder climates (even if you look at the places where there's been the most outbreaks, it's primarily cold places).

          If you're travelling in the middle of the year to the US (as per this deal), then you're travelling through the warmer months.

          Here's an article from the RACGP about how Australia's warm climate thus far has helped slow the spread: https://www1.racgp.org.au/newsgp/clinical/warm-weather-may-h...

          Anyway, it's a personal decision to travel, but it's worth keeping the risks in context. Especially when you also take into account other risks that we face daily - getting shot in the US, dying from a traffic accident, accidental falls…etc. they are all still riskier.

          My point is just that if you need to travel, e.g. if you need to visit family, or if this is the only chance you'll be able to afford a holiday to the US…etc. then assess the risks rationally, get the proper insurance and don't fall into the trap of mass hysteria.

          • +3 votes

            @p1 ama: I think you misunderstood that Choice article. Based on my research, most/all of those companies that cover you for pandemic medical (e.g. AIG, RACV etc) have now set a date in January as a cut off date, describing it as a "known event" by that time. Any new pandemics to emerge are covered. I would get confirmation in writing from any remaining insurance providers that say otherwise, even over the phone.

            • +1 vote

              @peterpeterpumpkin:

              I would get confirmation in writing from any remaining insurance providers that say otherwise, even over the phone.

              I completely agree. As I said in my original post, you need to read the PDS and figure out whether you're covered or not. Anyway, yes, I re-read the article I posted and you're correct.

              Either way, my original point is that we should assess risks objectively and not let the hysteria around us affect those judgements. Part of my PhD was about how people perceive risks (in the Kahnemann-Tverskyk, or prospect theory, framework) and there's significant evidence which shows that people are very easily swayed by the "flavour of the day" and perceive things they hear about more often as riskier despite being happy to engage in other riskier activities (e.g. driving).

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          Would a full cost hospital visit really financially ruin someone?

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            @AussieZed: https://www.reddit.com/r/ThatLookedExpensive/comments/fasz8l...

            Convert to $AU… yup, that's a lot of beer money. For a snake bite.

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            @AussieZed: They’re also very careful to collect before you leave. I was hospitalised overseas last year and was sent down to the accounts department to pay and then had to show my invoice to get my cannulas out!

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            @AussieZed: Absolutely. A US citizen would have the same problem if they visited an Australian hospital - or a New Zealand one. I remember a case in Auckland where a South African got sick there, and went to hospital for six months. When they passed away, the bill (that the government expected the family to pay) was over $1,000,000 NZD. Australian public hospitals would be no different for unsubsidised patients.

        • +1 vote

          (or anywhere else in the world pretty much)

          Presumably you can still avoid financial ruin from hospital treatment in countries that have a Reciprocal Health Agreement with Australia.

          While medical care is important, remember that if you're travelling through a country that has a Reciprocal Health Agreement with Australia – so if you're visiting Italy, Malta, New Zealand, the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Ireland – then you'll be covered for medical care under that country's public health system. Just remember to take your Medicare card.

          https://www.traveller.com.au/maggots-in-your-leg-sure-we-cov...

      • +3 votes

        There is a difference catching corona in the US vs in Australia, if you catch it in the US and need to be hospitalised, it will be a very expensive experience that insurance probably won't cover… I'd rather be sick at home than abroad.

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    Damn having to work.

  • +1 vote

    Amazing fares, especially in USD ($428)—maybe can convince the parents to shout airfare? Lol

    Is there any way to extend the LA stopovers? Even for more $$

    Just want to 'reset' after the long haul since I'd be traveling with a baby.

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      … On second thought after looking into travel insurance, airlines will have to pay ME to go to the states!

      Just wondering why the reverse route MIA-MEL is 3x the price?

  • +1 vote

    Why travel insurance ? What scenarios are needed to be covered?

    I would think if the airline cancels the flights, that they would refund you. Is that true?

    • +7 votes

      The US is notorious for its high hospital bills. Should you contract coronavirus en route to or within the US, many travel insurance policies won't cover you anyway, because:
      (a) they consider it a pandemic,
      (b) they don't cover infectious disease anyway, or
      (c) you bought insurance after their cut off date for coronavirus.

      And getting on the plane may be an issue once you show any detectable signs.

      Irrespective of coronavirus, have a read up on US hospital costs (e.g. "$21,500 a night for a bed in a New York City hospital").

    • +2 votes

      Here's typical notice from WorldNomads (UK Bupa)

      On 30 January, the World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and described the situation as an ‘unprecedented outbreak’. In addition, person-to-person transmissions, before symptoms appear, are also occurring.

      Our previous advice stated that where cover applied, we would no longer cover claims arising from any event related to coronavirus for travel to and/or from China from 23 January 2020.

      This cut-off of cover now also extends to travel to and/or from all other destinations for policies purchased after 6.00am AEDT on Friday, 31 January 2020.

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    If you can’t afford travel insurance then you can’t afford to travel.

  • +6 votes

    Pretty sure most travel insurance now don’t include Coronavirus…….

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    In regards to travel insurance flight centre offers cancel for any reason when you use Covermore travel insurance…. Perhaps if flight centre can price match then get the cancel at any time insurance you will be covered to cancel for any reason (you don't have to tell them why).

  • +11 votes

    Niece was in ICU for 2 nights 3 days. 65,000USD bill.

    DO NOT GET SICK OVER THERE.

    I am so grateful for medicare.

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      But ambulances are free over there, while we have to pay. This is because the paramedics are run by the fire departments there.

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        I think ambulances in the US haven't been free or run exclusively by fire departments for a long time. Probably depends on local government.

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      What's your point? Medicare only covers Australian residents, not tourists. A tourist who came to Australia and got sick would face a very hefty bill as well.

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        It will still be only a fraction of the bill seen in the USA.

        It's not a lack of insurance, the industry abuses its monopoly power in the USA.

        For example a vial of insulin that costs $30 AUD here will cost $220 USD there - even though it is made by a US owned manufacturer

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          Believe it or not, Australian hospitals are just as expensive as US hospitals for unsubsidised patients. That $30 vial of insulin is only $30 because Medicare PBS subsidised it - for a tourist without reciprocal health cover, they pay full unsubsidised price (likely more than $250)

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            @Kyanar: No, belive it or not, it isn't. That is the full cost. Insulin is much cheaper than that on medicare. I am talking about the price of a single vial. Not the 25 vials you get with a medicare rx

  • +1 vote

    Normally, I'd be like "Cheeeeap!" Now I'm like "Nah, I'm good. Where's my remote?".

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    A few resellers have gone bust recently, only adding to the uncertainty.

  • -2 votes

    No thanks. I wouldn't travel economy to the USA even if it was $100.

  • -3 votes

    Insurance agency ceo: ah it's raining outside, so mad no-one has made any sales lately, tim did you make any sales today?

    Employee Tim:(of insurance agency) not really just wish there was some pandemic, ahh then the conference room would have a purpose.

    Jeff from 3rd party insurance: hay guys it's the annual CO-vid insurer's festival, we can jack the price up on premiums and alienate customers like in the good'ole days yeah.

    Employee Tim: omg I have a chance to be successful, need to get everyone in the conference room for travel insurance scam, we will be rich.

    Insurance agency: every one remember to buy toilet paper and utilities for the office we have a shortage.

  • +1 vote

    Worth mentioning that United has announced it won't charge change fees (sometimes up to $300) for flights booked between March 3-31, though unfortunately fare difference still applies.

    https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/notices.html#Cha...

    Tickets: For tickets issued March 3 through March 31, 2020, customers will be permitted to change free of charge to a flight of equal or lesser value up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date. If the new flight is priced higher, the customer may change for no fee but must pay the fare difference. If the new flight is priced lower, the customer may change for free but no residual value will be given. If the customer decides to cancel their flight, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.

    Cancellations: If the customer decides to cancel the flight they booked between March 3 and March 31, 2020, they can retain the value of the ticket to be applied to a new ticket without fee for travel up to 12 months from the original ticket issue date.

    Fare Validity: This applies to all tickets, all fare types, all destinations, all points-of-sale, all travel dates available for sale, provided ticket number starts with 016.

    Minimum Stay: No minimum stay.

    Blackout Dates: No blackout dates.

    Miscellaneous: Fares, fees, rules and offers are subject to change without notice. Seats are capacity-controlled and may not be available on all flights or days. Fares are nonrefundable except during the first 24 hours after purchase. Other restrictions may apply.

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      Be aware of this recent change:-

      If your flight is cancelled, an airline has to refund your ticket. But if they change the schedule, and they’re going to operate at a different time than when you bought your ticket?

      • United’s policy was that a schedule change of 2 hours or more made you eligible for a refund.
      • United’s new policy is that a schedule change has to be 25 hours or more to make you eligible for a refund. United doesn’t even have to fly on the same day as what they sold you.

      Wow: United Making Refunds Harder To Get Because Of Coronavirus

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        United Slightly Relaxes Its New ‘No Refunds When Schedules Change’ Rule

        After a swift backlash in social media, United will now let customers cancel and retain a travel credit without a change fee in the event United changes flight schedules 2 or more hours. The credit must be used within 15 months of original ticketing date (up from the usual 12 months for a credit). United still won’t give refunds unless the schedule change is at least 25 hours. A two hour schedule change had entitled a customer to a refund before this policy change.

  • +1 vote

    If not for the current situation, I'd jump at this as can hop over to Havana, which is on my bucket list.