NEW QANTAS Brisbane-USA Flights Now Selling!

Australians can now book direct flights from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco for the first time.

We reported on Qantas’ new services from Brisbane to Chicago and San Francisco back in June 2019, and now we’re delighted to advise that those services are now selling.

The new routes will be operated by Qantas’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, offering next-generation seating and built-in jet lag reducing features, and see the national carrier grow its United States network from one to three non-stop destinations from Brisbane.

The airline has had to expand its International Brisbane Lounge by 25 percent this year in response to the popularity of flights from the Queensland capital.

The new Qantas services from Brisbane will fly to:

SAN FRANCISCO from 9 February 2020 – three days per week
CHICAGO from 20 April 2020 – four days per week

By flying direct to Chicago, Qantas flyers will save more than six hours on a return trip compared to current non-direct routes. The service also opens up a new Qantas gateway for Australians into North America, with access to onward destinations across American Airlines’ extensive network including to Canada and the North Eastern United States.

“This is the first time Australians will have a direct link to Chicago, the third-largest US city. We expect the flights will be popular with corporate travellers looking to do business there, but also with tourists wanting to experience some of the culture and history that Chicago is famous for,” said Qantas International Acting CEO, Naren Kumar.

The 14,326km flight from Brisbane to Chicago will be the fourth longest in the world, and the second longest flight on Qantas’ network, and take approximately 16 hours and 20 minutes (depending on winds).

The new routes will see a total of 14 weekly services year-round between Brisbane and the US, including the daily 787 Brisbane to Los Angeles service that continues to New York.  In addition to the new routes, Qantas will increase flights between Brisbane and Los Angeles from ten to thirteen per week during the peak season from 2 January to 8 February 2020.

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THE US Government has announced it will no longer process applications for its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) in real-time.

“This is a really significant change to a process that was introduced in 2007”, says The Travel Authority Group’s Managing Director, Peter Hosper.

“We urge all of our clients travelling to the US to apply for their ESTAs as soon as their flights are confirmed”, added Hosper.

The guidelines for the system have always recommended that applications be lodged at least 72 hours before travelling, but in many cases approvals were almost instant meaning some passengers were able to obtain ESTAs at the airport if they had forgotten to do so earlier.

According to a note on the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website, however, ‘real-time applications will no longer be available, and arriving at the airport without a previously approved ESTA will result in being denied boarding.’

The Department said recent enhancements to the ESTA process had made querying application status much smoother, urging travellers to use the official site at

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QANTAS USA Business Class Sale

Fly to the USA in style during December and January, and save plenty with this brilliant Qantas Business Class sale.

Whether you fancy some down-time in Beverly Hills, foraging for fresh produce at San Francisco’s Ferry Building, or walking the film-set streets of the Big Apple, there’s no more stylish way to arrive than in a pair of Qantas pyjamas.

So, what’s the deal?


  • LOS ANGELES from $6,199

  • SAN FRANCISCO from $6,699

  • NEW YORK from $7,199

ON SALE until 31 October only, subject to availability, and Advance Purchase conditions apply.

For more information, please drop us a note in the form below (include basic details of the offer and when you’d like to travel), or CALL US to discuss your specific requirements.

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