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How long does a flight from Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Sydney Kingsford Smith take?
An average nonstop flight takes 31h 00m, covering a distance of 7750 miles.
Which airlines provide the cheapest flights from Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Sydney Kingsford Smith?
In the past 3 days, the cheapest round-trip tickets were found on China Eastern ($761), Hainan Airlines ($909) and XiamenAir ($930).
Do I need a passport to fly between Seattle/Tacoma Intl and Sydney Kingsford Smith?
Yes.
What’s the cheapest day of the week to fly Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Sydney Kingsford Smith?
For Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Sydney Kingsford Smith, Sunday is the cheapest day to fly on average and Saturday is the most expensive. Flying from Sydney Kingsford Smith back to Seattle/Tacoma Intl, the best deals are generally found on Thursday, with Monday being the most expensive.

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Airports
Origin
Seattle
$761
only
$761
Destination
Sydney
$761
only
$761
Sun, Apr 8
SEA
SYD
45h 35m
Sat, Apr 21
SYD
SEA
38h 28m
Trip: 14 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
PVG
KMG
Okay 5.6

We stopped in NAO (Nanchong) for about an hour and it was quite a sketch experience.

PVG
DEL
Excellent 8.0

Nice crew

Old plane , a bit beat up

SVO
PVG
Excellent 8.3

Very good seats

Very few movies it the list

SFO
PVG
Mediocre 3.3

Nothing spectacular to mention.

Airline scheduled only a 30 minute layover between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously I missed it. Waited 3 hours for airline to put me up in hotel. Hotel was extremely sketchy. I'll never make the mistake of traveling with this airline again. Worst travel experience in many years, and I've been some rough places. Food was Terrible, too.

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

Mon, Apr 23
SEA
SYD
48h 00m
Sun, May 27
SYD
SEA
43h 35m
Trip: 35 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 1159 reviews
Overall
7.9
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
SEA
PEK
Excellent 8.6

Customer service from the crew was outstanding.

Lack of leg room.

CTU
PEK
Good 6.3

The flight boarded on time, and arrived only approx. 30 minutes late for a 15 hour flight. The staff were friendly and seemed well-meaning.

It seemed that the staff for the NY-Chengdu did not include anyone who spoke English beyond a few memorized phrases. Another passenger and I were standing in the back and speaking, and the crew asked her to tell me that we weren't allowed to stand there and had to return to our seats. Their lack of English would be a problem if there were an emergency of any sort. The flight attendant tried to wake me several times to give me my vegetarian meal. When I was finally awake enough to eat he said the food was no longer good, I should wait until the next meal time. Entertainment options for the NY-Chengdu flight were limited - current or recent English options were few. Foreign language (mostly Chinese) options had subtitles, but few looked like there would be an interesting and fun storyline. The entertainment system was broken for the Chengdu-Beijing flight.

PEK
ORD
Excellent 8.3

The most attentive and caring staff, the snacks set up at the back of the plane, clean, comfortable planes, amazing food. Would always choose over US carriers

The in-flight entertainment set up is lacking. On a 13 hour flight on which your cellphone is banned even in flight mode that’s a big deal

SZX
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Everything was clean and well appointed. The air attendants were helpful and friendly. The seat was fine and they provide a nice little back pillow & blanket in economy. The food was tasty and simple which is good for long flights. Not overly salted. I found it to be a satisfying experience in economy.

All was fine

PEK
SEA
Excellent 8.6

The crew was very attentive.

Having to take a shuttle and then get on the plane outside is cold and a hassle.

Mon, Apr 2
SEA
SYD
51h 20m
Sun, Apr 22
SYD
SEA
40h 10m
Trip: 21 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 323 reviews
Overall
7.1
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.9
XMN
YVR
Excellent 10.0

We left 13 mins late but landed 45 mins earlyearly

SEA
SZX
Excellent 9.6

The cabin crew were very nice and courteous!

Couldn't be helped, it was just a long flight!

LAX
XMN
Okay 4.6

Complimentary wifi and excellent crew service

The econ seat is too low, when front seater tilted the seat backward, the screen is right in front of my face. Entertainment video screen doesn’t adjust; in other words, it cannot be adjust in angle, causing neck pain over time. Meals are average, definitely different from the quality compared to regional or domestic equivalent. Very sad, considering that Xiamen Air has a good reputation inside China. The restroom is also poorly stocked — no toilet roll constantly

TAO
LAX
Okay 5.0

I liked the plane. 787’s are the smoothest rides.

Xiamen Airlines should be applauded for having a direct flight from LA to Qingdao. But they have a lot to learn about the proper service and materials in business class. Not surprisingly, they have gone for the cheapest way to service the customer. Lot to learn.

BKK
XMN
Excellent 8.6

Nice wide seats, well run flight. Lots of food served, though very mixed quality. The unfortunate experiences described in the negatives of this review, do not repeat on the return flight.

In the fine print is the fact that the flight includes a stop in Shenzen. On the outbound flight this was a nightmare experience with Chinese immigration. Exhausted from a 14 hour flight, passengers had their passports taken away; were put through a bizarre 45 minute finger printing process using machines that did not work; and then left to wait for an hour or more with no information. The continuation flight was in another part of the airport - a very long walk; and it turned out not to be at the departing gate that was displayed on the monitors. We arrived at the indicated (wrong) gate with no guidance. Very nearly missed the continuation flight. Once in Xiamen, our arrival was late enough that the second floor of the airport was closed. There were no ATMs on the first floor; no way to get the Chinese cash needed to take a taxi to the airport. Fortunately a kind citizen agreed to exchange some cash, using mental calculations and sign language about the exchange rate.

Tue, Aug 28
SEA
SYD
42h 35m
Mon, Sep 10
SYD
SEA
39h 24m
Trip: 14 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Mar 13
SEA
SYD
48h 15m
Tue, Mar 20
SYD
SEA
39h 20m
Trip: 8 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
PVG
DEL
Excellent 8.0

Nice crew

Old plane , a bit beat up

HRB
PEK
Excellent 10.0

As always, I was impressed by the high level of professionalism.

PEK
PVG
Excellent 8.0

Food is too sweet ..no salt.

PVG
KMG
Okay 5.6

We stopped in NAO (Nanchong) for about an hour and it was quite a sketch experience.

SVO
PVG
Excellent 8.3

Very good seats

Very few movies it the list

Wed, Mar 14
SEA
SYD
46h 30m
Fri, Apr 13
SYD
SEA
52h 08m
Trip: 31 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
PVG
DEL
Excellent 8.0

Nice crew

Old plane , a bit beat up

PEK
PVG
Excellent 8.0

Food is too sweet ..no salt.

PVG
YYZ
Excellent 9.3

The staff Food and drinks Smooth flight

Checking in

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

HRB
PEK
Excellent 10.0

As always, I was impressed by the high level of professionalism.

Thu, Aug 30
SEA
SYD
48h 00m
Sun, Sep 9
SYD
SEA
43h 35m
Trip: 11 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 1159 reviews
Overall
7.9
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
FOC
PEK
Good 6.6

The flight went smoothly, once we began.

PEK
ORD
Excellent 8.3

The most attentive and caring staff, the snacks set up at the back of the plane, clean, comfortable planes, amazing food. Would always choose over US carriers

The in-flight entertainment set up is lacking. On a 13 hour flight on which your cellphone is banned even in flight mode that’s a big deal

SEA
PEK
Excellent 9.3

Nice movie selection of movies.

Nothing.

SZX
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Everything was clean and well appointed. The air attendants were helpful and friendly. The seat was fine and they provide a nice little back pillow & blanket in economy. The food was tasty and simple which is good for long flights. Not overly salted. I found it to be a satisfying experience in economy.

All was fine

ORD
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Everything felt comfortable and clean on my first flight on Hainan. I sat in economy and overall it was a great experience, especially considering what I paid from Chicago to Shenzhen via Beijing. The food might be slightly better on Cathay Pacific, but I really have no complaints about it. It was tasty and relatively healthy. It wasn’t oversalted and on long flights that makes a huge beneficial difference. You can always go to the galley and grab a simple sandwich if you need something between meals. Overall it was an excellent experience.

Mon, Apr 16
SEA
SYD
51h 20m
Tue, May 1
SYD
SEA
39h 45m
Trip: 16 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 323 reviews
Overall
7.1
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.9
TAO
LAX
Okay 5.0

I liked the plane. 787’s are the smoothest rides.

Xiamen Airlines should be applauded for having a direct flight from LA to Qingdao. But they have a lot to learn about the proper service and materials in business class. Not surprisingly, they have gone for the cheapest way to service the customer. Lot to learn.

YVR
XMN
Excellent 10.0

Price and flight were great. Communicating was small problem. 5 am arrival nothing open so couldn't change money for food, taxi etc. Finally found an ATM that worked. People used their cell phones to try and communicate.

Some obstacles with early morning arrival and communications

LAX
XMN
Okay 4.6

Complimentary wifi and excellent crew service

The econ seat is too low, when front seater tilted the seat backward, the screen is right in front of my face. Entertainment video screen doesn’t adjust; in other words, it cannot be adjust in angle, causing neck pain over time. Meals are average, definitely different from the quality compared to regional or domestic equivalent. Very sad, considering that Xiamen Air has a good reputation inside China. The restroom is also poorly stocked — no toilet roll constantly

XMN
YVR
Excellent 10.0

We left 13 mins late but landed 45 mins earlyearly

SEA
SZX
Excellent 9.6

The cabin crew were very nice and courteous!

Couldn't be helped, it was just a long flight!

Mon, Apr 2
SEA
SYD
46h 25m
Mon, Apr 16
SYD
SEA
61h 38m
Trip: 15 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
PEK
PVG
Excellent 8.0

Food is too sweet ..no salt.

SVO
PVG
Excellent 8.3

Very good seats

Very few movies it the list

CTU
KWL
Excellent 10.0

Airline personnel very helpful. Plane was clean.

Finding China Eastern in very large terminal. Almost no signs in English.

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

PVG
KMG
Okay 5.6

We stopped in NAO (Nanchong) for about an hour and it was quite a sketch experience.

Tue, Aug 28
SEA
SYD
31h 00m
Sun, Sep 9
SYD
SEA
40h 44m
Trip: 13 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Tue, Apr 17
SEA
SYD
72h 00m
Tue, May 8
SYD
SEA
40h 35m
Trip: 22 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 1159 reviews
Overall
7.9
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
SEA
PEK
Excellent 9.3

Nice movie selection of movies.

Nothing.

CTU
PEK
Good 6.3

The flight boarded on time, and arrived only approx. 30 minutes late for a 15 hour flight. The staff were friendly and seemed well-meaning.

It seemed that the staff for the NY-Chengdu did not include anyone who spoke English beyond a few memorized phrases. Another passenger and I were standing in the back and speaking, and the crew asked her to tell me that we weren't allowed to stand there and had to return to our seats. Their lack of English would be a problem if there were an emergency of any sort. The flight attendant tried to wake me several times to give me my vegetarian meal. When I was finally awake enough to eat he said the food was no longer good, I should wait until the next meal time. Entertainment options for the NY-Chengdu flight were limited - current or recent English options were few. Foreign language (mostly Chinese) options had subtitles, but few looked like there would be an interesting and fun storyline. The entertainment system was broken for the Chengdu-Beijing flight.

FOC
PEK
Good 6.6

The flight went smoothly, once we began.

SEA
PEK
Excellent 8.6

Customer service from the crew was outstanding.

Lack of leg room.

ORD
PEK
Excellent 10.0

Everything felt comfortable and clean on my first flight on Hainan. I sat in economy and overall it was a great experience, especially considering what I paid from Chicago to Shenzhen via Beijing. The food might be slightly better on Cathay Pacific, but I really have no complaints about it. It was tasty and relatively healthy. It wasn’t oversalted and on long flights that makes a huge beneficial difference. You can always go to the galley and grab a simple sandwich if you need something between meals. Overall it was an excellent experience.

Mon, Mar 26
SEA
SYD
46h 31m
Mon, Apr 9
SYD
SEA
61h 38m
Trip: 15 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
CTU
KWL
Excellent 10.0

Airline personnel very helpful. Plane was clean.

Finding China Eastern in very large terminal. Almost no signs in English.

PVG
KMG
Okay 5.6

We stopped in NAO (Nanchong) for about an hour and it was quite a sketch experience.

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

PEK
PVG
Excellent 8.0

Food is too sweet ..no salt.

PVG
YYZ
Excellent 9.3

The staff Food and drinks Smooth flight

Checking in

Mon, Apr 2
SEA
SYD
51h 20m
Thu, Apr 12
SYD
SEA
40h 10m
Trip: 11 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 323 reviews
Overall
7.1
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.9
XMN
CGK
Good 7.3

Friendly and eager to serve crew

Lack of variety on food choices

BKK
XMN
Excellent 8.6

Nice wide seats, well run flight. Lots of food served, though very mixed quality. The unfortunate experiences described in the negatives of this review, do not repeat on the return flight.

In the fine print is the fact that the flight includes a stop in Shenzen. On the outbound flight this was a nightmare experience with Chinese immigration. Exhausted from a 14 hour flight, passengers had their passports taken away; were put through a bizarre 45 minute finger printing process using machines that did not work; and then left to wait for an hour or more with no information. The continuation flight was in another part of the airport - a very long walk; and it turned out not to be at the departing gate that was displayed on the monitors. We arrived at the indicated (wrong) gate with no guidance. Very nearly missed the continuation flight. Once in Xiamen, our arrival was late enough that the second floor of the airport was closed. There were no ATMs on the first floor; no way to get the Chinese cash needed to take a taxi to the airport. Fortunately a kind citizen agreed to exchange some cash, using mental calculations and sign language about the exchange rate.

XMN
HKG
Excellent 10.0

I liked the price of the trip and free hotel for long transit time.

Early arrival in Xiamen (5am) nothing open and no way to exchange money for taxi or food. Eventually found ATM that solved that problem. Wasn't dressed for or expecting the cold weather. Communications were a problem.

SEA
SZX
Excellent 9.6

The cabin crew were very nice and courteous!

Couldn't be helped, it was just a long flight!

YVR
XMN
Excellent 10.0

Price and flight were great. Communicating was small problem. 5 am arrival nothing open so couldn't change money for food, taxi etc. Finally found an ATM that worked. People used their cell phones to try and communicate.

Some obstacles with early morning arrival and communications

Sat, May 12
SEA
SYD
45h 40m
Sat, May 26
SYD
SEA
37h 34m
Trip: 15 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Mon, Apr 2
SEA
SYD
48h 00m
Tue, Apr 24
SYD
SEA
42h 35m
Trip: 23 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 1159 reviews
Overall
7.9
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
FOC
PEK
Good 6.6

The flight went smoothly, once we began.

SEA
PEK
Excellent 9.3

Nice movie selection of movies.

Nothing.

CTU
PEK
Good 6.3

The flight boarded on time, and arrived only approx. 30 minutes late for a 15 hour flight. The staff were friendly and seemed well-meaning.

It seemed that the staff for the NY-Chengdu did not include anyone who spoke English beyond a few memorized phrases. Another passenger and I were standing in the back and speaking, and the crew asked her to tell me that we weren't allowed to stand there and had to return to our seats. Their lack of English would be a problem if there were an emergency of any sort. The flight attendant tried to wake me several times to give me my vegetarian meal. When I was finally awake enough to eat he said the food was no longer good, I should wait until the next meal time. Entertainment options for the NY-Chengdu flight were limited - current or recent English options were few. Foreign language (mostly Chinese) options had subtitles, but few looked like there would be an interesting and fun storyline. The entertainment system was broken for the Chengdu-Beijing flight.

PEK
SEA
Excellent 8.6

The crew was very attentive.

Having to take a shuttle and then get on the plane outside is cold and a hassle.

CAN
PEK
Excellent 9.0

The crew is very attentive and kind.

Crowded, small space.

Fri, Apr 13
SEA
SYD
70h 25m
Mon, Apr 30
SYD
SEA
61h 40m
Trip: 18 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
SVO
PVG
Excellent 8.3

Very good seats

Very few movies it the list

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

PVG
DEL
Excellent 8.0

Nice crew

Old plane , a bit beat up

SFO
PVG
Mediocre 3.3

Nothing spectacular to mention.

Airline scheduled only a 30 minute layover between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously I missed it. Waited 3 hours for airline to put me up in hotel. Hotel was extremely sketchy. I'll never make the mistake of traveling with this airline again. Worst travel experience in many years, and I've been some rough places. Food was Terrible, too.

HRB
PEK
Excellent 10.0

As always, I was impressed by the high level of professionalism.

Mon, Apr 30
SEA
SYD
51h 20m
Mon, May 7
SYD
SEA
64h 10m
Trip: 8 days
7.0GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.0 Good
Based on 323 reviews
Overall
7.1
Boarding
7.2
Comfort
7.2
Crew
7.6
Entertainment
6.8
Food
6.9
XMN
HKG
Excellent 10.0

I liked the price of the trip and free hotel for long transit time.

Early arrival in Xiamen (5am) nothing open and no way to exchange money for taxi or food. Eventually found ATM that solved that problem. Wasn't dressed for or expecting the cold weather. Communications were a problem.

BKK
XMN
Excellent 8.6

Nice wide seats, well run flight. Lots of food served, though very mixed quality. The unfortunate experiences described in the negatives of this review, do not repeat on the return flight.

In the fine print is the fact that the flight includes a stop in Shenzen. On the outbound flight this was a nightmare experience with Chinese immigration. Exhausted from a 14 hour flight, passengers had their passports taken away; were put through a bizarre 45 minute finger printing process using machines that did not work; and then left to wait for an hour or more with no information. The continuation flight was in another part of the airport - a very long walk; and it turned out not to be at the departing gate that was displayed on the monitors. We arrived at the indicated (wrong) gate with no guidance. Very nearly missed the continuation flight. Once in Xiamen, our arrival was late enough that the second floor of the airport was closed. There were no ATMs on the first floor; no way to get the Chinese cash needed to take a taxi to the airport. Fortunately a kind citizen agreed to exchange some cash, using mental calculations and sign language about the exchange rate.

YVR
XMN
Excellent 10.0

Price and flight were great. Communicating was small problem. 5 am arrival nothing open so couldn't change money for food, taxi etc. Finally found an ATM that worked. People used their cell phones to try and communicate.

Some obstacles with early morning arrival and communications

LAX
XMN
Okay 4.6

Complimentary wifi and excellent crew service

The econ seat is too low, when front seater tilted the seat backward, the screen is right in front of my face. Entertainment video screen doesn’t adjust; in other words, it cannot be adjust in angle, causing neck pain over time. Meals are average, definitely different from the quality compared to regional or domestic equivalent. Very sad, considering that Xiamen Air has a good reputation inside China. The restroom is also poorly stocked — no toilet roll constantly

XMN
LAX
Excellent 8.0

The flight crew was kind..really hard working..

I was not informed before hand I needed a visa to enter China..Xiamen international airport does not have transit lounge...so leaving on the 6 December from Lax to Xiamen ..I was denied to fly Xiamen so they scrambled last minute an put me on China southern airlines...upon return from Singapore I had to pay for Chinese visa since I was to return through Xiamen...it was a nightmare

Sat, Apr 14
SEA
SYD
48h 05m
Fri, Apr 20
SYD
SEA
47h 35m
$1007
Trip: 7 days
Overall 0.0 Poor
Based on 0 reviews
Thu, Aug 30
SEA
SYD
48h 00m
Tue, Sep 11
SYD
SEA
42h 35m
Trip: 13 days
7.9GoodShow reviews
Overall 7.9 Good
Based on 1159 reviews
Overall
7.9
Boarding
7.8
Comfort
7.9
Crew
8.3
Entertainment
7.8
Food
7.7
SEA
PEK
Excellent 9.3

Nice movie selection of movies.

Nothing.

PEK
CAN
Excellent 9.6

Not a crowded flight so had an extra seat. That was really nice.

It was all fine.

PEK
SEA
Excellent 8.0

The flight was smooth, once we began. There were few bumps.

I did NOT like having to wait almost two hours to board, and the constant "We expect to have our computer system up in 'a few minutes' " was really annoying.

FOC
PEK
Good 6.6

The flight went smoothly, once we began.

SYX
PEK
Excellent 8.6

I had about 30 minutes to change planes in Beijing cause of the flight delay (still had to switch terminals, check in and go through the border). I was met by an airline representative near the plane with a special bus and accompanied through all the bureaucracy very quickly. Excellent airline staff.

the flight was delayed for 1.5 hours and no staff in Sanya domestic terminal could speak English

Wed, Apr 25
SEA
SYD
45h 35m
Wed, May 30
SYD
SEA
61h 36m
Trip: 36 days
6.3GoodShow reviews
Overall 6.3 Good
Based on 4599 reviews
Overall
6.4
Boarding
6.5
Comfort
6.4
Crew
6.8
Entertainment
6.1
Food
5.9
BKK
PVG
Excellent 9.0

The staff are very efficient and professional. The food was much better than I expected. We were given pillows and blankets . Bathrooms were clean .

The only issue with CEA was checking in and boarding. It was brutal coming out of Bangkok. I’m not sure if this is the fault of CEA or Bangkok Airport.

PVG
JFK
Excellent 10.0

Flight attendants very attentive, courteous and professional. Even while children were sleeping during meal distribution. We were offered sandwiches for them to eat later. Phone can now be used in airplane mode. USB charger via screen.

Monitors sometimes turn on. Harder to give rest to eyes when lights turn on all monitors.

HRB
PEK
Excellent 10.0

As always, I was impressed by the high level of professionalism.

SFO
PVG
Mediocre 3.3

Nothing spectacular to mention.

Airline scheduled only a 30 minute layover between Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously I missed it. Waited 3 hours for airline to put me up in hotel. Hotel was extremely sketchy. I'll never make the mistake of traveling with this airline again. Worst travel experience in many years, and I've been some rough places. Food was Terrible, too.

CTU
PVG
Mediocre 2.0

This ridiculous airline and it's rude, obnoxious staff in Chengdu made a mockery of my friend and I (two 21 year old American girls traveling alone). We had booked round trip tickets back in October 2017 that included a 1 hour layover in Chengdu first, then a 7 hour layover in Shanghai on our way to Bangkok for a trip in Thailand. That was fine with us. Then all of a sudden it changed to a 6 hour layover in Chengdu then an 18 HOUR layover in Shanghai. We decided to deal with it and get a hotel room in Shanghai, no big deal. After a great trip in Thailand and leaving fine from Bangkok to our first layover in Chengdu, that is where the nightmare started. First off, going through Chengdu customs, I don't know if it is because Americans do not travel through there a lot, but the officers pulled us aside and were passing around our American passports around their staff, taking pictures of them with Iphones before handing us "in-transit" paperwork to fill out. As weird as that was, no one really seemed to speak english and we just wanted to get away from them and get through. When we went to the check in counter, they handed me a boarding pass for our flight at 1:50 that afternoon, but then proceeded to tell my friend that she wasn't on a flight until the next morning at 7 am out of Chengdu and our original connecting flight out of Shanghai at 11:50 the next morning was now at 8 pm for her. What could have been simply fixed like it WAS after calling priceline and our travel agent, the staff at the ticket counter and a representative over the phone made our lives living hell. They barely spoke english and the ones that did were very rude to us, saying that they couldn't help us and put us on the phone with China Eastern. FOR AN HOUR AND A HALF we were on the phone with a representative who was talking us in circles, telling us that there were no available seats on the 1:50 and that he could get her on the next 3:45 out of Chengdu, then put us on hold to come back and say he couldn't only change 1 domestic flight in China, but would have to cancel her flight to NY. When offering to pay to just DO IT and get out of china, he said that if he were to cancel it and take our credit card info, it "may or may not go through" and if it didn't she would be stuck with no flights. When asked how that made any sense, he proceeds to say" Because miss, our system sucks," and other rude things like "Why can't you just keep your flight and meet your friend in NY." then him along with a rude ticket counter guy say that he could help us if we took 5,000 yuan out of the bank and paid them cash. TRYING TO SCAM US. After all this drama a simple call to priceline was able to fix the problem no payment involved, and there WERE available seats on all the flights and a domestic flight could be changed. LYING, SCAMMING, RUDE, individuals. Definitely worth a little more money to take any other airline BUT THIS ONE.

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Seattle/Tacoma Intl to Sydney Kingsford Smith Flight Information

Flights Arrive in Sydney Kingsford Smith
Flights Depart from Seattle/Tacoma Intl
Flight Price $761
Distance 7750 miles
Airlines China Eastern, Hainan Airlines, XiamenAir
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