California-Australia-New Zealand 2018 fare deals

There is an opportunity with one way fares from Air New Zealand, Hawaiian, Qantas and United to discount the cost of travel to New Zealand and Australia through the use of miles one way and a one way paid ticket or creative ticketing to travel to Australia and New Zealand two times in 2018 for a few hundred dollars less than the average cost of two tickets between California and Australia-New Zealand.

There are many possible combinations for airline discounts with round trip tickets, one way tickets and miles. The basic premise is the price of tickets from Australia and New Zealand to California are lower than the price of tickets from California to Australia and New Zealand.

Right now the price difference is not extreme due to low priced round trip tickets from California to Australia and New Zealand for summer 2018. In past years the price of summer travel tickets tends to be over $1,000 and often in the $1,200 to $1,400 range.

Auckland tower

Sample ticket prices for 2018 travel:

Round Trip Tickets between California and New Zealand


One Way Tickets between California and New Zealand

One Way tickets between Australia and New Zealand

  • AKL-SYD $115 LATAM/Qantas one way (Feb-Oct)
  • AKL-SYD $136 Jetstar one way (Feb-Oct)
  • SYD-AKL $136 Jetstar one way (March-Sep)

Round Trip tickets between Australia and New Zealand

    • SYD-AKL $255 round trip Air New Zealand/Virgin Australia

    • AKL-SYD $335 round trip Air New Zealand (Feb-Sep)


These fares interest me after I purchased a 4-night stay for $100 at Marriott Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia a couple weeks ago in an auction. Australia is in my plans for 2018 travel.

I am thinking about flying two times in spring and summer to spend 5 or 6 weeks in Australia and New Zealand and using miles for my wife’s ticket in summer, primarily focused on Australia travel. Kelley adores the wildlife of Australia.

These fares are my baseline for tracking airfare prices through 2018.

Air New Zealand

San Francisco – Sydney / Auckland – San Francisco

$909 open jaw round trip Mon July 16 – Tue July 31

SFO-SYD-AKL-SFO $909 NZ Jul16-31



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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  1. I have no bad memories of my Qantas $238 economy class flight round trip San Francisco to Sydney and Auckland in November 2016 and I have great memories from spending a week in New Zealand.

    Flying to New Zealand tomorrow Qantas $238 round trip SFO-AKL

    Qantas Economy San Francisco-Sydney-Auckland hurtling through space and time

    Qantas First Class Lounge Sydney Airport

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