San Francisco/Los Angeles Trip Deal: $497 round-trip from SFO or LAX to Melbourne, Australia on Air Canada

Air Canada is putting flights from California to Melbourne, Australia on sale, starting at $497 round-trip from either SFO or LAX to Melbourne (airport code: MEL). There is currently availability in February and March 2018.

You can earn 18,558 United Premier Qualifying Miles (PQM) if you credit this flight to your United account, which will get you almost to silver status (though you’ll still need to meet the spend minimum, which is easiest to do with United Chase credit card).

To book this trip, use Google Flights to find dates and then book through CheapOAir. Air Canada and Expedia are repricing at $857, so I have a feeling this deal won’t last!

Honolulu Trip Deal: $396 direct, round-trip from HNL to Sydney, Australia on Jetstar

Jetstar, which is partners with Qantas, is putting its non-stop flights from Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia on sale! Flights start at $396, direct, round-trip, after taxes with availability found from March through August.

This is an amazing deal for flights to Sydney, Australia from Honolulu, Hawaii on Jetstar! Even if you don’t live on the island, it might be worthwhile to fly into Oahu for some sun on the way to your Australian vacation.

If you’re already in Australia, it works in reverse for as low as $376.

To find this deal, use Google Flights and search for business class flights between HNL and SYD.


Unruly passenger’s racist rant causes San Francisco-bound flight to be diverted to Auckland

A passenger on a New Year’s Day United flight originating in Sydney and bound for San Francisco was forced to land in Auckland after an unruly passenger began shouting racial and homophobic slurs. ¬†More details, including a video, can be found here.

United gave the flight’s 252 other passengers accommodation in Auckland for the night and placed them on a San Francisco-bound flight the next day.

Have you ever been on a flight that was grounded because of an unruly passenger?