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2018
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November
Calgary to Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne, Australia - $651 to $685 CAD roundtrip | new record!

Sydney, Australia

Qantas has once again dropped the price of their flights from Calgary to cities in Australia, this time down to between $651 and $685 CAD roundtrip including taxes!

This is a new record for the cheapest flights from Calgary to Australia.

You can also turn these into 2-in-1 trips and visit both Australia and San Francisco (or Los Angeles), for about the same price (instructions below).

You can also look at flying into one Australian city, but home from another, for about the same price (instructions below).

You can also find flights from Calgary to a few other places in Australia and New Zealand (Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Gold Coast, Christchurch, Auckland) for a lot less than their usual price... ($784 to $897 roundtrip). Instructions below.

Update 12/4 - While the Qantas deal is finished, American Airlines is now showing flights from Calgary to Sydney, Australia for $714 CAD roundtrip including taxes. Certainly not as attractive as the Qantas deal, but also an unusually low price. (see update below)

Update 12/5 - The American Airlines flights are now gone as well.

Availability for travel

March, late April, May, June, late August, September, October 2019

(but it varies by city)

How to find and book this deal

1. Try a Google Flights search like this one...

Google Flights: Calgary to Sydney, Australia (SYD)
^^^ look for the dates that are $734 roundtrip in late April, May, June, late August, September 2019

Google Flights: Calgary to Brisbane, Australia (BNE)
^^^ look for the dates that are $734 roundtrip in late August, September 2019

Google Flights: Calgary to Melbourne, Australia (MEL)
^^^ look for the dates that are $716 roundtrip in March, September, October 2019

- click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and browse for cheap date combinations

- look for the dates that are somewhere between $716 and $734 roundtrip.

2. Go to Skyscanner or Flighthub or Kayak

- search for a flight from Calgary (YYC) to...

Sydney (SYD)
or
Brisbane (BNE)
or
Melbourne (MEL)

- use the same dates you found on Google Flights

- the price on Skyscanner or Flighthub will usually be around $75 to $150 cheaper than what you see on Google Flights.

NOTE: The first search result on Skyscanner or Flighthub may not always be the best flights. Check out the different options on the first page of the results.

You may also want to try using the filters on either site to narrow it down to flights that are only 1 stop each way, if they're available.

screenshots from Skyscanner







screenshot from Flighthub



You can also turn these into 2-in-1 trips, and visit both Australia *and* San Francisco, for a similar price

1. First, try finding a normal roundtrip flight to Australia, using the Google Flights links above.

For example, let's say you found a flight from Calgary (YYC) to Sydney (SYD), from Apr 17 to Apr 30.

2. Now go to Flighthub or Kayak

- Change the search type from 'Roundtrip' to 'Multi City'

3. Search for a flight like this one:

Calgary (YYC) to Sydney (SYD)
Sydney (SYD) to San Francisco (SFO)
San Francisco (SFO) to Calgary (YYC)

- For the first and last legs of the journey, use the dates from the normal roundtrip flight that you found on Google Flights.

- You can play around with the middle date to give yourself more or less time in Sydney vs San Francisco.

For example, here is a screenshot from Flighthub of Apr 17 to Apr 24 to Apr 30.



You can also try Los Angeles instead of San Francisco.

You can also look at flying into one Australian city, but home from another, and keeping the price the same

1. First, try finding a normal roundtrip flight to Australia, using the Google Flights links above.

For example, let's say you found a flight from Calgary (YYC) to Sydney (SYD), from Apr 17 to Apr 30.

2. Now go to Flighthub or Kayak

- Change the search type from 'Roundtrip' to 'Multi City'

3. Search for a flight like this one:

Calgary (YYC) to Sydney (SYD)
Brisbane (BNE) to Calgary (YYC)

- Try the dates from the normal roundtrip flight that you found on Google Flights.

For example, here is a screenshot from Flighthub of Apr 17 to Apr 30.



It's even possible to visit multiple cities in Australia *and* Los Angeles and still keep the price under $750!

1. Go to Flighthub or Kayak

2. Change the search type from 'Roundtrip' to 'Multi City'

Try a search like this one:

Calgary (YYC) to Sydney (SYD)
Sydney (SYD) to Brisbane (BNE)
Brisbane (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX)
Los Angeles (LAX) to Calgary (YYC)

You can also try San Francisco instead of Los Angeles.

example: Apr 17 to Apr 24 to Apr Apr 28 to Apr 30

screenshot from Flighthub



You can also find flights from Calgary to a few other places in Australia and New Zealand (Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Gold Coast, Christchurch, Auckland) for a lot less than their usual price... ($784 to $897 roundtrip)

1. Try a Google Flights search like this one...

Google Flights: Calgary to Adelaide, Australia (ADL)
^^ $847 on Google Flights, $784 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Canberra, Australia (CBR)
^^ $873 on Google Flights, $795 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Hobart, Australia (HBA)
^^ $885 on Google Flights, $830 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Coolangatta / Gold Coast, Australia (OOL)
^^ $902 on Google Flights, $863 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC)
^^ $977 on Google Flights, $863 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL)
^^ $994 on Google Flights, $897 on Skyscanner

Google Flights: Calgary to Perth, Australia (PER)
^^ $1043 on Google Flights, $993 on Skyscanner

- click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and browse for cheap date combinations

2. Go to Skyscanner or Flighthub or Kayak

- search for a flight from Calgary (YYC) to your destination in Australia

- use the same dates you found on Google Flights

screenshot from Skyscanner



Update 12/4 - While the Qantas deal is finished, American Airlines is now showing flights from Calgary to Sydney, Australia for $714 CAD roundtrip including taxes. Certainly not as attractive as the Qantas deal, but also an unusually low price.

1. Try a Google Flights search like this one...

Google Flights: Calgary to Sydney, Australia (SYD)
^^^ look for the dates that are either $715 roundtrip or $1293 or $1299 roundtrip in March (very limited), April, May, August, September

- click on the departure date box to open up the calendar view and browse for cheap date combinations

NOTE: Even though Google Flights is showing $1293 or $1299, most of those dates are usually showing up for $714 CAD when you search for them on Kayak.


2. Go to Kayak

- search for a flight from Calgary (YYC) to Sydney, Australia (SYD)

- use the same dates you found on Google Flights

screenshot from Kayak



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5 Responses to "Calgary to Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne, Australia - $651 to $685 CAD roundtrip | new record!"


    Has JMT Wanderers been here?
       JMT Wanderers on November 29th, 2018

    Stopovers in LAX are not fun. We did it last year going to Nadi, Fiji. The gates were not assigned ahead of time and the screens in each terminal only seem to show flights at that particular terminal. Terminals are 1, 2 and B (confusing). Signage isn't great either. But, we didn't have to reclear security when we changed terminals? Perhaps if I did it all the time, I would learn the drill. My advice, don't lollygag getting to the other terminal. We also received similar advice from family members who live in Australia; they avoid LAX for stopovers. They said that other cities are much better.

    Has Chris been here?
       Chris on November 30th, 2018

    Can this be a return trip from Sydney to Calgary?

    Has Chris been here?
       Chris on November 30th, 2018

    Unfortunately Australia to Calgary flights are still priced closer to normal levels, at around $1200-$1400 roundtrip.

    JMT: There's no question that LAX is a pretty bad airport, although the Tom Bradley international terminal is decent. That's the terminal they've named "B" - which I agree is confusing. These international Qantas flights would fly in and out of this terminal.

    I also agree that the signage at LAX is terrible. Half the time at LAX you're walking through a barren hallway and just hoping you're walking the right way.

    San Francisco (SFO) is the other layover airport that's common to see with this deal, which is a nice airport. Personally the best I could do was a layover at LAX on the way to Australia, and SFO on the way home.

    Has DJ been here?
       DJ on December 3rd, 2018

    Sheeesh, all options priced around $700 were available on Friday and all gone the following monday. Yet another opportunity slipped through the fingers. Same thing happened with the $600 flights to Tokyo. Should've learned my lesson after missing that one.

    Has Mitchell Thompson been here?
       Mitchell Thompson on December 4th, 2018

    Update still working? I am not finding anything cheaper than $1200 on Kayak when following the steps.

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