Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
|February||Best time to beat the crowds with an average 31% drop in price.|
|August||Most popular time to fly with an average 48% increase in price.|
Average price round-trip
|$1,218||(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)|
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Australia has enacted temporary travel restrictions for flights to Melbourne due to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
Travelers who are not Australian citizens and returning permanent residents and their immediate family members need to apply for an exemption to enter Australia.
All international travelers are required to quarantine for 14 days at the first point of entry, unless they're granted an exemption upon request. Quarantines take place in state-designated facilities and fees depend on the state, ranging from $2500 for one adult in the Northern Territory to $3000 for one adult in New South Wales. International flights are currently being diverted away from Victoria. Airline crew are subject to self-isolation until their next scheduled flight.
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Foreign nationals may transit through Australia if the connecting flight is within 72 hours of the arriving flight. They must either have a transit visa or be nationals of a visa-exempt country.
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There are currently 1,397 active cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in AU and 907 deaths as of Nov 29 2020
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There are no direct flights for this route listed on KAYAK, the shortest multi-flight duration is 18h 40m.
In the past 3 days, the cheapest one-way tickets were found on Multiple Airlines ($652) and Delta ($8,042), and the lowest round-trip tickets have been found on Multiple Airlines ($1,012) and Hawaiian Airlines ($1,024).
When flying out of Oakland you will be using Oakland, often referred to as Oakland Airport. You will be landing at Sydney Kingsford Smith, also known as Sydney Airport.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "The Crew was great and I'm sure they were doing their best, but we left over 4 hours late because of mechanical problems with the plane, part of which we were stuck on the plane for. Then the entertainment system didn't work for me the whole flight. It was a loong day!"
Pros: "I liked how friendly the staff was, and how each seat had a USB port for charging devices, and the phone holders for watching things."
Cons: "How tight and uncomfortable the seats were, and how the circulation within the plane made me smell everyone and everything."
Pros: "Friendly staff. Nothing negative to say. It’s a flight with 100+ passengers and people want to be babied. Enjoy your time and quit complaining about things out of an Airlines control and your crappy planning."
Cons: "The hot meal portion was too small. The sandwiches was tasteless."
Pros: "The staff has very kind and helpful. They provided a small meal and complimentary drinks."
Cons: "No entertainment. They have TVs set up, so the ability is thee. On a 5 1/2 hr flight, they should provide a movie etc."
Pros: "Very attentive staff, great flight!"
Pros: "Left on time arrived a little late because weather. It was windy"
Pros: "Comfort seating"
Cons: "Plane left late and arrived late 7"
Pros: "It was nice to get a small meal on the 6hour flight as well as a complimentary drink for all"
Cons: "This was by far one of the oldest planes I have been on in several years. Gawain is known for their entertainment, but this planes had only shared screens and our radio/sound was not working including the lights and call buttons. Upon reporting this to a flight attendant, I was told they would return to work on it, but it wasn't until I reported it again that another attendant worked with us to (unsuccessfully) attempt to restart the system. In the end we just had no entertainment for the flight."
Pros: "Service on board plane was good."
Cons: "Too warm in the plane. Not the greatest thing with a full flight and lots of body heat!"
Pros: "6 hour delay. Had to go back home. Would have liked a text notice berorebi spent 40 on shuttle transportation"
Pros: "Loved the comfort of the seats and the in flight movies!"
Pros: "Lousy food, why bother. Nice that they gave us a drink before we landed."
Pros: "The new lie-flat seats are wonderful, the crew was truly wonderful, ipads, toiletries, all woderful - HNL to SYD was not only painless but pleasant from start to finish."
Cons: "As a vegan, I wish there was actually a meal I could eat. Very disappointing to have to bring my own food on the flight... Seriously. The crew could not have been more empathetic but they're not creating the menus. Come on Hawaiian - charge me more, just acknowledge we don't all eat meat, cheese and eggs."
Cons: "Too narrow seats. On a5 hr flight it felt so uncomfortable"
Pros: "Service, on time, and food"
Cons: "Entertainment, my seat headphone jack didn't work."
Pros: "The crew was friendly and helpful."
Pros: "Beverages and water, Snacks and a meal (with an adult beverage) All for FREE"
Cons: "I noticed one ladies chair in the front, her monitor wasn't holding up correctly."
Pros: "very spacious legroom Friendly crew"
Cons: "Wished entertainment system was free like other airlines."
Cons: "The boarding was not organize."
Pros: "Crew were nice. Big plane with lots of overhead storage was helpful."
Cons: "Picked my seats online when I booked and was told I didn't have reserved seats during check in. Had to get seats assigned last minute over the phone (very last row), and the customer service experience on the phone was awful."
Pros: "Smooth flight, friendly staff."
Cons: "Update to inflight services, a little outdated and would like to see more selection."
Cons: "The most uncomfortable seats EVER! REALLY BAD!"
Pros: "The service was great. The attendants were very polite and attentive."
Cons: "The free movie selection was not what I expected."
Pros: "I loved the hospitality of the crew!! Very pleasant."
Cons: "The food was very cheap and processed. Like they didn't care what was served. No options for anything healthy"
Cons: "Their claim to be the only airline still serving a meal is very "thin". We got a tiny cup of fruit and a biscuit with a piece of cheese melted on it. That was tasteless and very hard to eat. The one cup of juice (that was mostly ice) was barely enough to wash it down. Also, my disabled wife was not allowed to have the bulkhead seat because it had previously been assigned to a completely healthy child and mother. there should be some kind of priority system for those seats."
Pros: "Smooth flight, clean aircraft"
Cons: "Poor attitude of male flight attendant, came across as not really caring about the needs of passengers, plane was dated - could not look at snack menu on touch screen, no duty free items or catalog despite being advertised."
Cons: "Flight delayed for 17 hours"
Pros: "A great lunch was provided. Very reasonable upgrade for 6 inches of extra leg room Early departure"
Pros: "The seats are a bit more spacious than other airlines. The headrests fold to cradle the head so you can nap and not get a cramp int eh neck. Why dont all airlines have those?!"
Pros: "Friendly service x"
Cons: "There were no blankets supplied so I would have packed one. Seats are uncomfortable Otherwise all was good"
Cons: "Was not informed of a flight delay, representative at the gate was very unfriendly, seat was changed and was told choosing a seat online was only a courtesy, could not rent entertainment on the aircraft but was never told it had to be done at the gate, airplane seat did not recline. The worst flight I have been on in a long time."
Cons: "No free movies. Purchased earbuds had poor sound quality."
Pros: "staff were great and friendly and helpful"
Cons: "not a big deal but 2 things: 1) plane was a bit dirty in between the seats. 2) we also were in the terminal but getting food when we heard our names on the overhead pager saying they were going to close the gate in 5 minutes and if we didn't get on we'd be left behind. That was 30 minutes before take off that they were going to close the gate. We rushed over and ended up boarding and then waiting on the plane forever. not sure whey they need to get everyone on so early. I guess i'm used to flying southwest airlines where they let people run up 5 minutes before they close the gates."
Pros: "Good schedule for snacks and lunch, staff really nice and efficient"
Pros: "On time, ease of boarding w extra comfort seats, decent food , friendly service"."
Pros: "Nice crew"
Cons: "Terrible food, cramped seats, entertainment system very hard to work, kept the plane too cold"
Cons: "A/C was not working correctly so we were all freezing."
Cons: "Food wasn't very good. But it was great to at least be offered something and the chips were awesome"
Cons: "More food Free headsets"
Pros: "It was a very comfortable flight with a lot of legroom and great service. Flying hawaiian is always pleasant"
Cons: "I liked everythhing"
Pros: "Air hostesses were nice. Entertainment was good"
Cons: "I only had 50min layover. I tried to get wiki shuttle from gate 6 to 26 but I waited for ever so ended up running to gate 26, boy I almost died. I was the last one to board. Of course I couldn't change my seat to aisle because everyone boarded already. Food was horrible, it was cabbage and chicken. Drinks(juice) were small, like shots. I always request aisle for various reasons, I like to get up and walk around because this is my 4th leg of my trip. To top my horrible experience with, my bags didn't make it from my SFO flight to Sydney flight. I wasted time waiting and looking around for my bags and standing in line for missing/lost bags. I arrived here on Sunday and it's now Wednesday morning and I still haven't received my bags yet. Hawaiian better pay me money for the inconvenience or air b points. To be honest this will be my last time flying with Hawaiian, I thought it was just rumors that they are ones of the worst. Hawaiian makes Jetstar looks like a 5 star airline. I'm a frequent flyer and I have flown just about every airlines out there."
Pros: "The crew was very professional but friendly."
Cons: "Any entertainment except the Hawaii channel involved renting an iPad for $15. 5 hours with no free inflight movie is too long."
Cons: "It would have been nice to have a gluten free option for the meal."
Cons: "The other passengers"
Pros: "Very nice and professional staff."
Cons: "Movies/Television programs somewhat pricey. Legroom a little tight, but I am 6'2" tall!"
Pros: "That I got to my destination"
Cons: "Worst customer service"
Pros: "Comfort, friendliness of crew, smooth boarding. I had no complaints."
Pros: "Loved it all. Thanks for helping me get home to Australia when other airlines couldn't."
Pros: "Pretty straight forward. Clean. Efficient."
Pros: "Precautions taken appropriate"
Cons: "Environmental controls, it was a little warm. Seats seemed more uncomfortable than usual. Air vents, lights, too far from aisle seats."
Pros: "Really nice crew"
Cons: "The flight could’ve been on time and not delayed 24 hours"
Cons: "Bathroom floors could be better."
Pros: "Good on flight entertainment"
Cons: "Tried to select my seat 2 weeks out from flight. Was told by multiple delta employees I can only change at the gate. Was unable to change seat and ended up getting downgraded to middle seat middle row. Rude flight staff that barked at the passengers"
Pros: "Great crew."
Cons: "More food choices, but what we had was good."
Pros: "Crew attentive and helpful"
Pros: "Crew was exellent"
Cons: "The food quality needs to improve."
Pros: "Although the take off was delayed (having nothing to do with the crew or airplane or LAX), we arrived right on time. Good food. Great in flight entertainment. I appreciated the low lighting levels while we were trying to sleep/rest."
Cons: "The plane needs more bathrooms."
Pros: "Crew was great. Delta auto rebooking caused me to miss my next flight"
Cons: "Contacting me before rebooking would have saved me $400"
Cons: "Todo excelente!!!gracias!!!"
Pros: "Delta as always top notch!"
Cons: "Delayed 4 hours at LAX and even though we made it to the gate to fly out on our connecting flight they had given our tickets away and booked us on a flight 5 hrs later. They told us our bags would be transferred. They werent and now both my daughter and i are starting out a dream vacation with no l"
Pros: "The staff was friendly and helpful"
Cons: "Outlets to charge my electronic devices for the long flight"
Cons: "Ran out of hot water on flight"
Cons: "Everything was excellent."
Pros: "Leg space"
Pros: "Boarding was seanless"
Cons: "I wasn’t able to sleep much because the seat was not comfortable."
Cons: "They lost my luggage & made me miss my connecting flight"
Pros: "I asked twice for a second declaration form as I made a mistake on the first and both requests were ignored by cabin crew. 2 crew members said that they would accommodate me but neither delivered."
Cons: "Not enough searband leg room"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "The re route to MSP... Seven hour flight time for a two and half hour flight..."
Pros: "The food that was served was good. The crew was attentive and nice ."
Cons: "Comfort seats didn’t seem like much different than reg seats. Didn’t like the cattle call boarding process at lax ."
Pros: "my seat did not recline so i was very uncomfortable."
Pros: "I had a whole row to myself and was able to sleep"
Cons: "No movie selection, no blankets."
Cons: "Overall the flight was good. It would be nice to see if we are Lincoln and Wi-Fi and the greatest selection of movies to its offerings."
Pros: "spacious comfortable seats"
Cons: "I waited in line at Virgin Australia for 35 minutes only to be told that I was actually on a Delta flight even though my itinerary said Virgin Australia. good thing I was early to airport or I would of missed my flight because I had to go find Delta check in"
Pros: "Customer service was great"
Pros: "Flight Attendant and great Boeing 737-800 was amazing"
Pros: "We traveled first class. Plane needs an update. Seats were not comfortable and did not work correctly. the crew had to continually pull the seat cushions up and reset the elec mechanism b"
Cons: "They change schedule day before we flight, the change schedule 2 time while were flighting"
Pros: "Could be among the best landings ever. I felt nothing as we touched down in Salt Lake!!!"
Pros: "adjustable head rest is great - being given a pillow is great - the plane was not too cold to sleep either (as they often are)"
Cons: "Very uncomfortable seats that are far too close for tall peolle"
Pros: "nothing other than on time departure Ann's arrival"
Cons: "I specifically shopped carriers other than delta or united, tho my regret usa carriers have stopped offering comforts, service, quality food. Not sure how, but even though I bought virgin Australia ticket and flight, I ended up on delta. Terrible sitting, even though after I paid for tickets I was charged extra for more leg room and priority boarding, I got neither, they advertised free texts in flight, it didn't work either."
Pros: "Requested a special meal over the phone when I checked in i.e. 24 hours before talk off, customer support confirmed my request but the crew told me that they had not received anything as such....crew didn't even bothered to offer any alternative. I was fine, didn't have any reservations but my wife and kid went starving all the way remember it was a 15 hour flight"
Pros: "Crew was excellent. Food above average. Plenty of entertainment options."
Cons: "Delta is not the only airline to have planes with the new seat configurations in First Class but they are a big disappointment for tall passengers and couples who enjoy traveling together and cannot even carry on a comfortable conversation on a 15-hour flight."
Pros: "Crew were lovely, boarding wasn't too painful."
Cons: "Payed extra for a seat that was the seat I selected. Totally disappointed"
Cons: "Very dated plane. First class seat was worn, crooked, and uncomfortable. No entertainment offered. Almonds or biscuit cookies were the only food options."
Pros: "The flight left on time and landed earlier than anticipated"
Cons: "The seats were narrow and very upright"
Pros: "Flight was very comfortable and had a lot of space to move around"
Cons: "The gentleman indicating on the loud speakers what zones will be loading first was very rude."
Pros: "Good experience overall. Pleasant staff. Movie features were wonderful and helped pass the time."
Pros: "Crew was stellar, very accommodating."
Cons: "Food was WAAAAY to salty. Needs some more flavor than just salt sad to say. Would be nice to be offered an entire can of soda not just a cup full of ice and a tiny amount of liquid. Charging for exit row swats? Cmon.... I'm 6 foot 5, why should a 5 foot 115lb woman get all the extra leg room but I canot?"
Cons: "Took 8 hours to get from Oakland to Los Angeles. Flight delayed then cancelled at Oakland. Driven from there to San Francisco. That flight delayed by 45 minutes. Got on board and then they neede 4 people to get off the plane since it was overweight. That took another hour. Bad day of travel."
Pros: "We travelled Economy comfort which has extra leg room & recline, which is great for a long flight such as this. Food was ok, crew were great & there was a lot of good entertainment to watch? A nice smooth ride down to Sydney."
Cons: "Food wasn't so great & coffee as with most Airlines is terrible."
Pros: "I liked the free entertainment"
Cons: "The fact that I can't afford first class."
Pros: "Gate agent arranged flight via Salt Lake City and also gave me $15 lunch coupon for my troubles. She was awesome!"
Cons: "Dealing with West Jet to refund a mistake on the ticket purchase."
Pros: "Flight itself was mostly fine. Adequate overhead space. Boarding process ok."
Cons: "Adequate legroom but seat space so tight could not even reach things dropped on the floor. Seats are HARD! Some USB sockets didn't work. Entertainment system is old and clunky, often didn't respond to touches. Crew was grudgingly OK, didn't seem to want to be there to help. Food was a disaster. Special meals were all wrong. Food brought was mostly terrible."
Pros: "We had originally booked seats that were not together but we're able to change them at the gate. We sat in the last row of the 777 which only had 2 seats on either side of the plane rather than the standard 3. The seats still reclined tho not as much as the other rows. Food was free and excellent- so was the entertainment (I watched 4 movies on the 14 hour flight). Crew was great. Alcoholic beverages were also free but we don't drink so it didn't matter."
Cons: "The flight from phx to lax was ok but it was a small plane (CRJ700) and we're big people. No amenities whatsoever except for soft drinks, juices and peanuts. Flight was on time and made the connection with time to spare."
Pros: "Ability to change planes with a 30 minute layover."
Airlines flying from Oakland to Sydney have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travelers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters
Masks required on board, masks provided
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms
Waiving of change fees. Search flexible flights