New Zealand $727-$808 SFO, SJC, LAX to AKL, CHC, WLG, ZQN and Sydney, all alliances

Today there are discount tickets around $727-$808 from 12 western USA airports to multiple cities across New Zealand, plus Brisbane and Sydney. Oneworld American-Qantas, SkyTeam Delta-Virgin Australia and Star Alliance Air New Zealand-United all have discount fares in $700s.

Departure Dates: Sep–Nov 2017; late Jan–June 2018

Date availability is good.

U.S. airports:

Austin (AUS) – $771
Dallas (DFW) – $771
Denver (DEN) – $744
Las Vegas (LAS) – $752
Los Angeles (LAX) – $725
Phoenix (PHX) – $744
Portland (PDX) – $749
Salt Lake City (SLC) – $744
San Diego (SAN) – $744
San Francisco (SFO) – $749
San Jose (SJC) – $744
Seattle (SEA) – $749

Scott’s Cheap Flights shows the above fares for American/Qantas tickets. The cities in bold are routes I checked on and to find similarly priced tickets.

Additionally, I searched DEN, LAX, SFO, SJC to find fares in the $700s to the following cities and $808 to Queenstown.

New Zealand

Auckland (AKL)

Christchurch (CHC)

Queenstown (ZQN)

Wellington (WLG)


Brisbane (BNE)

Sydney (SYD)

Not all three alliances match each other’s low fares to each city.

This fare sale is primarily an online travel agency deal with ticket prices found through and typically $60 to $100 lower than airline website prices on Google Flights pricing in the $843 to $906 range. worked better for most searches.

Search Google Flights for lowest fare dates, then search for lower price tickets.

Sample Fares

Qantas LAX-AKL $741 round trip ( search)

Los Angeles LAX – Brisbane – Auckland AKL – Brisbane – LAX

Sat May 5 – Sat May 19

LAX-AKL $741 QF May5-19

Qantas SFO-AKL $741 round trip ( search)

San Francisco SFO – Brisbane – Auckland AKL – Brisbane – San Francisco SFO

Sat May 5 – Sat May 19

SFO-AKL $741 QF May5-19

On other dates the lowest fare is Delta and Virgin Australia tickets. 

Virgin Australia-Delta

SFO-AKL $761 round trip ( search)

San Francisco SFO – Brisbane – Auckland AKL – Brisbane – SFO

Sat May 5 – Sat May 19

SFO-AKL $760 VA Feb26-Mar13

Air New Zealand-United

Denver DEN – Queenstown ZQN $808 round trip

Sat May 5 – Mon May 21

DEN-ZQN $808 UA May 5-21

Virgin Australia-Delta

SFO – CHC Christchurch, New Zealand $741 round trip ( search)

San Francisco SFO – Brisbane – Christchurch CHC – Brisbane – SFO

Sun Mar 4 – Fri Mar 16

SFO-CHC $756 DL-VA Mar4-16

HT: HeelsFirstTravel


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About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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