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While Los Angeles often wins as the default stopover point for Qantas, Virgin Australia, Delta and United passengers heading to New York, a number of airlines provide other one-stop options which can be worth exploring.
Regardless of which city you choose, it’s a great way to break the journey somewhere new – perhaps in a city you haven’t experienced before – and often costs less than booking separate trips to visit each destination.
Here are 10 one-stop ways to get to New York (via cities which don’t require a visa for Australian passport holders if you want to break your journey en route).
1. Dallas via Qantas, American Airlines
Ditch Los Angeles and jump on a Qantas flight from Sydney to Dallas/Fort Worth Airport – a 15.5 hour journey aboard the airline’s flagship Airbus A380.
When you’re ready to travel onwards, New York is just 3.5 hours away with Qantas partner American Airlines: offering over 20 daily flights and giving passengers a choice between arriving at JFK (Kennedy), La Guardia and Newark airports.
2. Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific
For an option out of left field, break your journey in Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific: taking in the markets, lights and tastes of the city-state and business hub.
After travelling in business class from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Cairns, the Hong Kong to New York route is also a great way to experience Cathay’s Boeing 777 first class suites, available on 3 non-stop flights each day to JFK, with a fourth tracking via Vancouver.
Added to that, Cathay also flies to Newark airport, but with business class as the highest service level.
Photos, video: Cathay Pacific opens new The Pier First Class lounge
3-5. The Middle East hubs via Emirates, Etihad, Qatar
Flying to New York via the Middle East certainly isn’t the most ‘direct’ option for travellers from Australia’s east coast, but remains a great way for Perth travellers to reach the Big Apple.
Cosmopolitan Dubai awaits for Emirates passengers, who can fly in the airline’s flagship first class suites on the entire journey, and with three Dubai-New York flights to choose from when it’s time to leave Dubai:
Neighbouring UAE capital Abu Dhabi serves as the hub for Etihad, which flies its flagship Airbus A380s to Sydney and Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Brisbane, along with Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 flights for Melbourne and Perth.
Also flying twice-daily from Abu Dhabi to New York, passengers can choose from a late morning or early morning onward flight – the latter of which is upgraded to an A380 from December 1 2015, allowing Sydneysiders to ride the superjumbo on the entire journey.
Not forgotten is Doha – reachable with Qatar Airways from both Melbourne and Perth, with a daily onward flight to New York using the same Boeing 777 aircraft that graces Australian skies:
6. Vancouver via Air Canada
Hit the famous Canadian slopes and stop by Vancouver en route to New York and make use of Air Canada’s generous 64kg (2x32kg) baggage allowance for business class passengers to cover your skiing gear – and which is boosted to 96kg (3x32kg) for all Star Alliance Gold frequent flyers.
Air Canada flies daily from Sydney to Vancouver and offers direct aisle access to every business class passenger, with a daily non-stop flight onwards to New York and several one-stop connecting options via Toronto or Ottawa to suit every schedule.
7. Seoul via Korean Air, Asiana
For something different, why not make Seoul your stopover point when next flying to New York?
Korean Air flies to Sydney and Brisbane with its latest business class and first class seats, and will upgrade Sydney to the A380 across the coming summer months – the same aircraft type that jets onwards to New York twice daily.
Asiana too flies from Sydney to Seoul, and then onward to New York with a daily Airbus A380 flight that offers its flagship first class suites:
8. Tokyo via Japan Airlines
Swing by Tokyo on your way to New York with Japan Airlines, which flies daily from Sydney to the city’s Narita Airport and then twice-daily from there to JFK.
You can nab a business class Sky Suite on either of those flights to New York (below), but pick the Boeing 777 service (JL6) if your budget stretches to first class.
JAL’s Oneworld partner Qantas also flies daily from Brisbane to Narita from August 1, but from which time its flights from Sydney will arrive at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, which doesn’t offer flights to New York.
9. Taipei via EVA Air
Look to EVA Air for a Taiwanese stopover, with the airline serving Brisbane twice-weekly from its Taipei hub, and then beyond New York daily with its Boeing 777s and Royal Laurel Class service:
China Airlines also flies from both Sydney and Brisbane to Taipei, although only offers three flights a week to New York against EVA’s daily service.
10. Honolulu via Hawaiian Airlines
Alternately, forget the cold and head to the warm beaches of Hawaii, with daily Hawaiian Airlines flights from Sydney to Honolulu and a four-times-weekly service from Brisbane.
That means you’d clear US passport control and Customs on arrival in Honolulu, and when it’s time to reach to New York, you can jump on Hawaiian’s daily flight to JFK as a US domestic passenger.
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