I have 2 friends who live in tasmania. they're actually roommates. i wish that they would just buy me a ticket but it doesn't look like it. what combination of flights do you think is the cheapest way to fly from the US to tasmania?
First, consider which airport you want to fly into in Australia. I would recommend Melbourne if you want to go to Tasmania, as it's closer and the flight from Melbourne to Hobart (?) will be cheaper than from Sydney. Most international legs from the USA to Australia are the same price to both Melbourne and Sydney, so it makes sense to fly to Melbourne. Also, Melbourne's international and domestic airport terminals are walking distance, whereas in Sydney you'll have to catch a bus between the terminals and you'll have to pay for this.
For flights from the USA to Australia, check mobissimo.com which will search all the major airlines and find you the cheapest fare.
For domestic flights from Melbourne to Tasmania, you've got either Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) or Jetstar (www.jetstar.com) as the cheapest carriers. From Melbourne to Hobart a good fare would be anywhere from $50AUD to $120AUD. Make sure you add on a luggage allowance or you'll be in for a nasty charge at the check in counter!
Also on the return flight, give yourself plenty of time between your flight to Melbourne and to the USA as often the cheap carriers sometimes 'bump' flights and you wouldn't want to miss your international departure! about 10 years ago
For local Australian flights I always check first with www.webjet.com.au as it gives all the possible flights and prices and then purchase directly with the airlines - sorry web jet!
I agree with Ian - if you can fly into Melbourne. There are some great deals out at the moment for flights between Australia and the USA
Suzi about 10 years ago
@ian: you're forgetting Tiger (www.tigerairways.com). That's the cheapest way between Melbourne and Tasmania... I got a flight for 28 bucks, they have them all the time. They are really strict about turning up early though and being under the baggage weight limit.
To compare domestic flights I use www.webjet.com.au also - but they add multiple sneaky charges if you actually try to book through them, sometimes doubling the cost of your flights, so book via the airline. about 10 years ago