Fiji Airways has tickets from Los Angeles LAX to Christchurch CHC and Wellington WLG, New Zealand for around $793 to $850 round trip for departures in April and May 2016. Fiji Airways flights to AKL Auckland are also around $793 round trip.
Since most international flights from the USA are to Auckland, this can be a cheaper deal to get directly to Christchurch on South Island or a more southerly point of North Island, like Wellington, rather than flying to Auckland as a destination and adding travel from there. These are one-stop flight routings between LAX and New Zealand via Nadi Airport NAN, Fiji.
Los Angeles LAX – Nadi Fiji NAN – Christchurch, New Zealand CHC
$793.30 Tuesday May 19 – Thursday May 31, 2016
Fiji Airways Bula Special books in economy R booking class and ineligible for AAdvantage frequent flyer miles.
Fiji Airways site shows this ‘Bula Special’ ticket class is economy R booking code. ITA Matrix showed these Fiji Airways flights at $848 with outbound in economy R and inbound economy T.
Unfortunately, economy R booking class is not a miles earning fare for 75% American Airlines AAdvantage miles. Fiji Airways T class earns 75% AAdvantage flight miles. This ticket might be worth a call to compare the buy-up to T class price.
Flying around New Zealand with Jetstar and Air New Zealand
Flights within New Zealand can be relatively inexpensive with low cost carrier Jetstar offering flights between Auckland and places like Queenstown and Dunedin in the southern part of South Island for $70 one-way. Air New Zealand competes with low fares for many of these routes.