One-way Tickets to New Zealand as Low as $380

@realandylutern tweets,

Dirt cheap one-ways to AKL in late August, as cheap as $339 from SFO/LAX, book on ua dot com

And in fact, the deal isn’t as limited as just being from San Francisco as Los Angeles, though the cheapest fares are from there, and though it does appear to be limited to August travel. It’s bookable at United.com.

The Flight Deal is now covering this as well.

These are one-way fares, and not roundtrip, so book paid tickets to New Zealand and award flights one-way back.

TFD finds prices for these one-way as:

Sample Prices:

  • Newark – $458
  • Dallas – $458
  • DC – $523
  • Los Angeles – $389
  • San Francisco – $389

Note also that while domestic segments will earn miles, the fare on Air New Zealand will not earn miles when crediting to United or US Airways. So it’s a great cheap flight to New Zealand, but not a good mileage run.

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  1. I am trying to figure out whether spending the extra 25k per person AA miles is worth it for biz class. If you were able to fly biz or first only one direction, would it be going to New Zealand or on the return? For Europe, I believe going east is more difficult for the body to adjust, but I am not sure when it is still true half way around the world in the other hemisphere. I just remember being jet lagged for two days on arrival to Austrailia.

  2. @Kim – I do the trip quite a lot and always prefer the premium cabin on the way back, mainly because of the flight schedules and the time difference. Flights leave the US very late. Have a drink, pop an Ambien, and you won’t know what cabin you were in. On the way back, the long daytime flight in coach really hurts, and business helps immensely. YMMV

  3. When I try to book the return using miles, it shows as 67,500 miles. But if I try to add a stopover in Sydney, it bumps to 85,000 miles. Any idea what’s going on?

  4. Never mind. Forgot that there are no stopovers on OW awards. Maybe I’ll just fly paid ticket AKL-SYD (about $185) and then home from SYD on award ticket. Might be time to burn some of those AA or DL miles. Is Virgin Australia business availability still good on DL?

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