Why It's a Steal
: Although in its peak season, flights to Australia are some of the cheapest we've seen. A strong American dollar also makes your stay there more affordable, so if Oz is on your bucket list, this is the time to do it right.
Flights are inexpensive in part because American Airlines launches daily service
from LA to Sydney on December 17, and San Francisco via Qantas on December 20. These are the lowest fares we've seen in a while, according to SmarterTravel Deals Editor Patricia Magaña.
This is also Sydney's summer, when amazing weather (little humidity, lots of sunshine) makes it a great escape from the traditional holidays, and get the extra treat of beautiful New Year's fireworks. Domestic travel within Australia is inexpensive with Jetstar making a multi-destination vacation affordable. Don't miss Australia Day at the end of January and Mardi Gras in February. Deals to Watch For
: Round trip flights with flexible dates from Qantas between LAX and Sydney can be found for under $1,300 in December, February, and March.
Hotels average around $200 or $300 per night, and Qantas offers point deals when you book through the airline. Adina Apartments are abundant in the city, with affordable rates and special offers for winter travel
. Check out the 4-Day Sydney Discovery deal with Qantas
for a harbor-view vacation by boat. RELATED:Best Places to Go in AustraliaSearch for Sydney Deals:Vacation Packages