California has always encouraged travellers to “Dream Big”, with its laid-back, anything-is-possible attitude and abundance of activities.

From bike riding along the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to star-spotting in Hollywood or flying like a superhero on a jetpack in San Diego to rock climbing at Yosemite National Park - following your dreams is what California is all about. If this wasn’t enough to get you excited, fly with us direct from Sydney to San Francisco meaning you have more ways to explore the golden state.

And starting 1 September 2018, you can fly from Melbourne to San Francisco direct on the Qantas Dreamliner four times a week, subject to government and regulatory approval.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles, USA

Get ready to reinvent yourself in LA, the city where everyone's a star. Luckily there's plenty to do in the City of Angels while you're waiting to be discovered.

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San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco is the kind of quirky place where old money meets new. A range of technology start ups have moved into town bringing with them new bars and restaurants.

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Prepare for Cali and get up to 25,000 points~

Heading to the USA? Don’t miss this opportunity to load your Qantas Cash card before you go and earn up to 25,000 bonus points.

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A walking and eating tour of Beverly Hills

Not only is the Los Angeles city great for shopping, it’s a sugar-addict’s dream. These sweet stops are worth every calorie.

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Feel at home in California, from San Francisco to San Diego and everywhere in between. Plus, earn 1 Qantas Point^ for every A$1 spent.

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California road trips

Once you've ticked the bright lights of the big cities off your bucket list, why not hire a car and explore everything else on offer in California, including fanastic wines, fresh food and spectacular scenery. Plus you could earn Qantas Points~ on your booking.

Here are some inspirational trips to get you started. 

Route 66

There’s no better way to discover America than by hitting the open road on legendary Route 66. This strip of highway originally started in Chicago almost 90 years ago, made its way west through six states before reaching California and the coastal city of Los Angeles.

After soaking up the sun at Santa Monica, why not jump in your car and take this historic route eastward? Make your way through the extraordinary Californian desert, home of the Joshua Tree National Park and Mojave National Preserve, and head into picturesque Arizona. You can leave the ‘Mother Road’ there and head north to the sparkling lights of Las Vegas, or continue through the American heartland to Chicago or all the way to the east coast and fabulous New York. Either way, what a ride!

Highway One

Follow one of the world’s most celebrated routes on this coast-hugging drive. You can start this trip at either end of California. Here, the trip begins in San Diego at the southern end of the state then travels north to beach towns, the bustle and excitement of Los Angeles, through elegant Santa Barbara and surrounding wine country, then north to more beaches and attractions in Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz. End in the ultimate “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Need car hire

Northern California

Take a looped tour through the northern half of the state and take in some of the region’s favourite destinations. Start in San Francisco, park your hire car and check out the Golden Gate Bridge before making your way through to the soaring monoliths and cascading waterfalls of Yosemite Valley and the national park. To top off the bucket-list essential spots, make sure to visit Lake Tahoe and stay at a world-class alpine resort before heading off along the wild and scenic north coast to enjoy the towering redwoods.

Dream big in California

Dream big in California

So what are you waiting for? Start dreaming big and head where the waves are fresh, the living is large and the lifestyle is relaxed. Sounds like a perfect holiday package all in one. 

Interested in California or want to see other destinations in the USA? Find out more about flights to USA.

Important information

* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $11 for Domestic or $70 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.

^ You must be a Qantas Frequent Flyer member to earn Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and the earning and redemption of points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions. 700 bonus Qantas Points is valid when booking between 19 March and 1 April 2018 for travel before 14th March 2019 through qantas.com/cars. 700 Bonus Points will be applicable to rentals in the USA during the promotional period only . Points will be credited up to six weeks after car rental. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Car hire is subject to the Avis Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions or Budget Rental Agreement Terms and Conditions (as applicable) at the time of rental. Avis or Budget age, credit and driver requirements apply. For further details, please contact Avis on 136 333 or Budget on 1300 362 848.

~ Ends 9 April 2018.  Minimum load $2,000. Conditions apply.

Qantas Cash is a prepaid MasterCard® payment facility built into the back of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership Card. To be eligible to receive the Qantas Card with the option of Qantas Cash you must be an Australian resident Qantas Frequent Flyer member 16 years of age or older. Heritage Bank Limited (AFSL 240984) (the Issuer) issues Qantas Cash under arrangements between it, Qantas and Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited (AFSL 386837) (a Mastercard business). Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited distributes Qantas Cash (together with Qantas which is an authorised representative of Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited for the purposes of providing general financial product advice with respect to Qantas Cash). Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited can be contacted at customercare@qantascash.com. Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited and Qantas earn foreign exchange revenue from Qantas Cash transactions. Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited receives a processing fee from domestic Qantas Cash "point of sale" transactions. Qantas receives revenue generated by Qantas Cash transactions based on interchange fees paid to the Issuer, deposits held by the Issuer, cardholder fee and certain rebates and incentives from Mastercard Asia/Pacific Pte Ltd. This information has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and you should consider the appropriateness of the information about the Qantas Cash facility having regard to those matters. A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in respect of Qantas Cash is available via qantascash.comOpens external site in a new window and will also be given to applicants. A person should obtain and consider the PDS before making any decisions about whether to acquire or continue to hold the prepaid facility. Other terms and conditions and fees and charges may apply.

Mastercard is a registered trademark and the circles designed is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.

To be eligible to receive the bonus Qantas Points, register then load between AU$2,000 and $5,999 equivalent directly in foreign currency in one transaction between 28 March and 9 April 2018 to receive 5,000  Qantas Point or AU$6,000 to AU$9,999 to receive 15,000 Qantas Points and $10,000 or more  to receive 25,000 Qantas Points. You must load directly into foreign currency to take advantage of the bonus points offer. The offer is not available for currency to currency or card to card transfers. The Qantas Points will be credited to your account six to eight weeks after the offer has closed. This offer is limited to one per person. Not to be used in conjunction with any other promotion. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time.

Exchange rates for initial loads and subsequent reloads made using Bank Transfer or BPAY via qantascash.comOpens external site in a new window will be set at the prevailing exchange rate set out at qantascash.comOpens external site in a new window at the time you request the load provided you settle the transaction within four hours. Different exchange rates apply for loads initiated directly via Bank Transfer or BPAY using your Unique Payment Details (i.e. not via qantascash.comOpens external site in a new window). For more information on how exchange rates are set and applied, see the PDSOpens external site in a new window.