Fare Sale to Australia
Australia's national carrier Qantas (www.qantas.com) has a fare sale in progress fro travellers from Los Angeles. Roung trip economy fare is as low as $1328 to Melbourne, just a little higher to Sydney or Brisbane.
Your trip must start between February 10 and March 31, or between July 24 and September 17. There is a catch, though--you must book no later than tomorrow, January 6, and tickets are non refundable.
Australia is one of the many places I have not visited, but at these prices it is tempting. The fares aren't much higher than many fares to Europe.