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United and Qantas are having an unadvertised sale to Australia, with, remarkably, no advance purchase. Fare rules say that these fares must be purchased by May 3, but airlines are known to change the rules midstream.

Below is just a sample of the cities on sale.

  • Los Angeles to Sydney is $873, including all taxes and fees; depart May 2 to June 17; 5 night minimum stay.
  • LA to Perth is $978 plus tax.
  • SFO to Sydney is also $873 with all taxes. United is matching.
  • NYC to Sydney is $948 plus tax.

These fares are the lowest in the market, and they're lower than Air New Zealand's web sale which is ongoing until May 7.

George Hobica is a syndicated travel journalist and blogger whose website, www.airfarewatchdog.com, tracks unadvertised airfare wars and other fare sales.

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