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Sunday, September 24th 2017

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2017
8
July
Vancouver to Sydney or Melbourne, Australia - $692 to $775 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Australia

United Airlines is possibly showing flights from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia for $775 CAD roundtrip including taxes.

I have also seen a few flights from Vancouver to Melbourne, Australia (MEL) for $761 CAD roundtrip including taxes, but only in November.

Some dates have 1 stop on the way there, and 2 on the way back. Some have 1 stop each way.

So far I've only seen these on one booking site, (Fareboom) which can sometimes be the sign of a mistake, but there have been some pretty amazing prices to Australia lately, and I can get to the verified price page.

I have seen United Airlines fares on Fareboom before, that were only showing up on Fareboom (some really cheap fares to Japan from Western Canada), and they were able to be booked just fine.

The available dates also coincide with the date ranges Qantas and Air Canada have been offering great prices on lately, which suggests these price drops are intentional.

To Sydney, you would probably still be better off to book the non-stop flights with Air Canada that have been available lately for $935 CAD roundtrip including taxes. Or the 1-stop Qantas flights for a similar price.

The 1-stop flights to Melbourne might be more attractive, since a minimum of 1-stop is always required to get from Vancouver to Melbourne anyways.

But it's hard not to point out what would be the cheapest flights ever from Vancouver to Australia, even if they are on United.

Availability for travel

August, November, early December 2017
February, March 2018

How to find and book these flights

1. Go to Momondo

2. Search for a flight from Vancouver to...

Sydney, Australia (SYD)
or
Melbourne, Australia (MEL)

Try one of the following date combinations:

(for longer trips you can try mixing and matching dates from the left and right sides of the list below)

[2017]
Aug 2 to Aug 16
Aug 9 to Aug 23
Aug 16 to Aug 30
Aug 23 to Sep 6
Aug 30 to Sep 13

Nov 1 to Nov 15 (Melbourne also works)
Nov 8 to Nov 22 (Melbourne also works)
Nov 22 to Dec 6

[2018]
Feb 7 to Feb 21
Feb 14 to Feb 28
Feb 21 to Mar 7
Feb 28 to Mar 14

Mar 7 to Mar 21
Mar 14 to Mar 28
Mar 21 to Apr 4
Mar 28 to Apr 11

NOTE: Once you get to Fareboom, you can try scrolling up and clicking on the 'Compare Full Week Prices' button. This may show you some other nearby dates that are the same price.

screenshot from Momondo



screenshot from Fareboom





Update 6/27 @ 7:20 AM PST - Checking this morning, these are showing up for $775 CAD roundtrip on Momondo, but the price now jumps to $829 when you verify them on Fareboom.



Update 7/9 - These are back today, for even less! Vancouver to Sydney or Melbourne, Australia is available for $699 to $709 CAD roundtrip including taxes

Update @ 6 PM PST - I have heard from 2 different people who said that they were charged a higher amount by ExploreTrip than what was shown on the verified price page. I'm going to remove this update for now.

Update 7/10 @ 10 AM EST - A few people who booked these have been in touch with ExploreTrip. ExploreTrip explained that the pending charge on their card is higher, but when the charge actually posts in a few days, it will be the correct price that they booked at. These are still showing up on ExploreTrip today, so I have re-added the update to the blog post.

Update 7/12 - Today I have started to hear from people who booked this, that the posted charge to their credit card from Explore Trip is indeed the correct charge...


I apologize for the stress that I'm sure the higher 'pending charge' caused people while waiting. It's definitely not something I've seen before from a booking site, and if I had any idea that they would do it this way, I would certainly have warned people beforehand.

You should also be able to go to the Manage Reservations section of the United Airlines website, and enter your 6 character confirmation code to look at your booking.

How to find and book these flights

1. Go to Momondo

2. Search for a flight from Vancouver to...

Sydney, Australia (SYD)
or
Melbourne, Australia (MEL)

Try one of the following date combinations:

(for longer trips you can try mixing and matching dates from the left and right sides of the list below)

-- SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA --

[2017]
Nov 8 to Nov 22

[2018]
Feb 7 to Feb 21
Feb 14 to Feb 28
Feb 21 to Mar 7
Feb 28 to Mar 14

Mar 7 to Mar 21
Mar 21 to Apr 4
Mar 28 to Apr 11

Apr 4 to Apr 18
Apr 11 to Apr 25
Apr 18 to May 2
Apr 25 to May 9

-- MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA --

[2017]
Nov 7 to Nov 21

[2018]
Feb 13 to Feb 28
Feb 20 to Mar 6
Feb 27 to Mar 13 -- 1 stop each way

Mar 28 to Apr 11 -- 1 stop each way (click on Max 1 stop)

Apr 3, 4 to Apr 17
Apr 10, 11 to Apr 24 -- 1 stop each way (click on Max 1 stop)
Apr 18 to May 1 -- 1 stop each way (click on Max 1 stop)
Apr 25 to May 8 -- 1 stop each way (click on Max 1 stop)

screenshot from Momondo



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5 Responses to "Vancouver to Sydney or Melbourne, Australia - $692 to $775 CAD roundtrip including taxes"


    Has Andy C. been here?
       Andy C. on June 27th, 2017

    In America, nobody beats United. In Red America, United beats you!

    Has Trevor been here?
       Trevor on June 27th, 2017

    Over the past 20 years I have flown between western Canada and Sydney, mostly on United because it was the cheapest, and after crowded, hot, dirty, cramped planes I vowed never to fly United again. For a few hundred dollars more, the better and newer planes, and definitely superior service, of Qantas, Air New Zealand, and Air Canada are well worth it.

    Has emma horn been here?
       emma horn on June 27th, 2017

    who do i go to to book a ticket? and do i need a visa to go there

    Has Jennifer been here?
       Jennifer on June 27th, 2017

    Emma, you just need to follow the instructions in the blog post.

    Australia does require a visa, but it's only $20 for Canadians, and really easy to get online. Google 'Australia e-visa' and the first result should be the .au government website where you can buy it.

    Has Kelly been here?
       Kelly on June 27th, 2017

    I have successfully used www.easyeta.com and the cost is only $9.95 USD

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