Three full-service airlines drop fares to Los Angeles with prices from $808
Qantas, Virgin Australia and Fiji Airways are headed to Hollywood...but who's doing it best?
Last week Fiji Airways took the lead in this Los Angeles sale war by selling seats for just $808 return. Now, Virgin Australia and Qantas have followed suit, both boasting sale fares to LA from $899 and $999 respectively.
Fiji Airways might seem best priced at this point but is it really worth it?
With so many options at your fingertips across three airlines, we thought we'd break down the fares, travel dates, flight routes and extras to see which actually works best for your holiday needs.
Los Angeles sale flights compared
|Airline||Price||Travel dates||Departs from||Stopovers||Baggage||Frequent flyer program||Book|
|Fiji Airways||$808||October 2017 - March 2018||
||Nadi||1 x 23kg||Qantas Frequent Flyer||Book your flights|
|Virgin Australia||$899||1-30 November 2017||
||Direct||2 x 23kg||Virgin Velocity||Book your flights|
|Qantas||$999||September-November 2017 and January-June 2018||
||Direct from some||2 x 23kg||Qantas Frequent Flyer||Book your flights|
Best for price
Fiji Airways wins this round. Its flights start at $808 return when booked through Skiddoo. However, book through Fiji Airways direct and that price tag jumps up to $849. This sale ends 30 September 2017.
The next best for price is Virgin Australia with fares from $899 return when booked through Flight Centre. This sale ends 27 September.
Qantas comes up as the most expensive, sporting tickets from $999 return. These can also be booked through Flight Centre. This sale ends 15 September.
Best for dates
All three sales allow for travel on different dates. Qantas has the largest range with flights from September-November 2017 and January-June 2018, providing flyers the opportunity to experience Los Angeles in autumn, winter and spring. Fiji Airways comes up second, with a slightly shorter range of dates between October 2017 and March 2018.
Virgin Australia is the most limited, featuring flights within low season from 1-30 November 2017.
Best for Australian departures
Most major cities are covered by all three sales, though Fiji Airways or Qantas is your best bet for the widest range of departure locations.
Both offer departures from Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney as well as slightly pricier fares from Adelaide and Canberra.
Qantas also offers sale fares from Perth. Virgin Australia is the most limited, flying out of Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney only.
Best for stopovers
Qantas and Virgin Australia both fly direct to Los Angeles from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney and are the best options if you want to get into LA as soon as possible.
All Fiji Airways flights include a stopover in Nadi, Fiji, which could work in your favour if you're planning to go long and include an island break before hitting Beverly Hills.
Best for extras
All three airlines vying for your travel dollars feature full-service flights, meaning you'll receive checked luggage, in-flight meals and entertainment with your ticket.
If you're the kind who tends to travel with your entire wardrobe, Qantas and Virgin allow two 23-kilogram bags of luggage on their economy seats. Fiji Airways limits you to just one 23-kilogram bag.
Best for frequent flyer points
Depending on where your frequent flyer membership sits, you stand to earn points on all three airlines. You can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points on both Qantas and Fiji Airways flights due to their codeshare partnership.
Loyal Virgin Velocity members stand to make the most of their membership by hopping on these Virgin Australia flights to earn Velocity points.
Fiji Airways may come up cheapest, but at the expense of a more limited luggage allowance and a mandatory stopover when compared with Qantas and Virgin Australia. Despite this, its travel date range is still quite wide-reaching – though not as wide as Qantas since Qantas has sale fares during peak spring/summer dates, which could make all the difference.