Cheap flights to Los Angeles for 2021

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Sprawling Los Angeles is a popular holiday destination for Australians – and with good reason. The city is known for its celeb-spotting culture, epic sunsets and cool beaches. Starstruck tourists can visit movie studios, take city tours or see filming locations of their favourite shows before taking a stroll down Santa Monica Pier or watching the sun go down at a bar in quirky Venice.

Located on the west coast of the USA, Los Angeles is one of the easier USA locations for Aussie holidaymakers to visit, with direct flights from three Australian airports. LAX (Los Angeles Airport) is a great gateway for Australians to explore other USA destinations or transfer to Central and South America.

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USA flights from $920 return

Verified Yesterday Expires 12 Aug 2021
Available for travel from August 2021 - February 2022. Destinations include Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and more. Sample fare is Melbourne-Honolulu with Jetstar.

How long is the flight to Los Angeles from Australia?

  • From Sydney: Approximately 14 hrs + when flying direct to Los Angeles International Airport
  • From Melbourne: Approximately 15 hrs + when flying direct to Los Angeles International Airport
  • From Brisbane: Approximately 13 hrs + when flying direct to Los Angeles International Airport
  • From Perth: Approximately 20 hrs + with one stopover, landing at Los Angeles International Airport

Which airlines fly to Los Angeles from Australia?

  • Air New Zealand
  • American Airlines
  • China Southern
  • Fiji Airways
  • Qantas
  • United
  • Virgin Australia

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

According to Skyscanner, you can enjoy discounts of up to 8% 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 reasonable 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 taking off before 5 December and after 5 January.

Los Angeles insider flight tips

  • Flights with China Southern are often the cheapest way to travel to LA, but they have long layovers (up to 25 hours) in China – so it’s often worth spending a little more to fly direct with Virgin or Qantas.
  • If you’re transiting through LA to elsewhere in the USA, be aware that you have to clear customs and collect your baggage at LAX – leave plenty of time to do this, especially if the purpose for your stop at LAX is for a stopover.
  • Due to passing the international date line, if you fly direct to LA you’ll actually arrive at an earlier time of the day than you set off in Australia, so factor this into your plans. Don't be alarmed if you experience jet lag, it is completely normal when going between different time zones.

How to get from the airport to LA

You can get a bus from LAX to parts of Los Angeles, but this is LA – everyone drives! If you haven’t hired your own car (and you’re going to need one if you’re staying in LA), you can get one of the many airport shuttle buses to most areas of Los Angeles and surrounds. Supershuttle offers a door-to-door service to Hollywood, Downtown LA and Anaheim hotels.

FlyAway buses depart regularly from LAX and go to Union Station, Orange Line, Westwood, Van Nuys, Hollywood and Long Beach. The buses depart every 15 minutes from 6.15am–10.15pm for the Hollywood stop – tickets are $9.75 one-way.

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