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Cheap Christmas flights to Los Angeles 2018

An easy cheat sheet to help you grab a cheap flight to Los Angeles this Christmas holiday.

Are you thinking about heading to Los Angeles this Christmas? Maybe it’s time for a vacation or perhaps you want to catch up with family and friends? Whatever your plans are, the bloated holiday flight fares must have crossed your mind at least once.

Find out how you can fly to Los Angeles during the peak season without paying peak prices.

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Compare prices from hundreds of airlines and booking sites to get the best price on your Christmas flight to Los Angeles.


Latest flight deals to Los Angeles

Virgin Australia - Deals Virgin Australia - Deals

Up to 45% off domestic and international flights

Valid on select dates until June 2019. Destinations include cities across Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu, Fiji, Bali, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. T&Cs apply.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Round-the-world fares from $1,179

Valid for travel between 25 February - 11 April 2019. Sample fare is Melbourne-London-Los Angeles-Hong Kong.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

North America flights from $1,242 return

Valid for travel from 20 August 2018 - 28 February 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Vancouver and Toronto. Sample fare is Melbourne-Los Angeles.

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Air New Zealand - Longhaul Air New Zealand - Longhaul

North America flights from $929 return + extra bag for $1

Valid for travel from 1 September - 20 November 2018 and 1 February - 27 June 2019. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Chicago. Sample fare is Melbourne-Los Angeles.

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Flight Centre - International Flight Centre - International

Los Angeles flights from $939 return

Valid for travel from 3-31 October 2018 and 1-28 February 2019 with Virgin Australia. Sample fare is Melbourne-Los Angeles.

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Skiddoo Skiddoo

International flights from $242 return

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample fare is Perth-Bali. Destinations include London, Dublin, Rome, Seoul, Los Angeles, Langkawi, Colombo, Singapore and more.

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Budget Air Budget Air

$20 off USA flights

Valid on all dates. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas and more. T&Cs apply.

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STA Travel STA Travel

New Zealand flights from $299 return

Valid for travel until 31 December 2018, including Christmas. Sample fare is Melbourne-Christchurch with Air New Zealand.

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STA Travel STA Travel

International flights from $363 return with Air New Zealand

Valid for travel until December 2018. Sample fare is Melbourne-Auckland. Destinations include Los Angeles, San Francisco and more.

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Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific

Premium economy flights from $1,905 return

Valid for travel until 30 June 2019. Sample fare is Perth-Tokyo. Booking must be made 50 days in advance. Destinations include New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, China, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Amsterdam, Barcelona and more.

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LookUpFare LookUpFare

Flights under $99

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When’s the best time to book Christmas flights to Los Angeles?

According to Skyscanner, you can enjoy discounts of up to 10% on Christmas flights by booking tickets before September. If you’re unsure about your travel plans until September, you can still book your tickets later at a good price. Promotional offers and last-minute deals can crop up. This tends to happen in August and September, though don't last long.

In case you have more time to spend in Los Angeles, you can bag the cheapest flights before 5 December (up to $760 return). Prices increase up to around $1,000 return shortly before Christmas.

The cheapest return journeys after the holiday are available on Mondays for around $680.


Tips and tricks to getting cheap Christmas flights to Los Angeles

Besides timely reservations and choosing dates with care, following these tips can help you to cut down costs:

  • Compare fares of different airlines: Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Fiji Airways and Virgin Australia airlines offer cheap fares to Los Angeles. Keep your options open and keep your eye on their sales.
  • Choose stopover journeys: If you don’t mind travelling longer, one-stop journeys to Los Angeles have lower fares. By adding a stopover, you can save a few hundred dollars per trip. For example, flying on Philippine Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines or China Airlines and stopping in Manila, Honolulu or Taipei respectively can save you as much as 30% compared to flying direct.
  • Fly on specific days: If you can, fly on Monday, as the fares are lower. On the other hand, avoid Saturdays as many travellers prefer to return on weekends to get back to the work the next week.
  • Sign-up for airline newsletters: By subscribing to airline newsletters, you’ll be instantly notified about new offers and last-minute deals.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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