Deal Alert: Air New Zealand Cyber Monday Sale With Fares From $493 Round-Trip
Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here.
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Air New Zealand is running a pretty spectacular Cyber Monday sale, with discounted round-trip flights valid for departures from November 30, 2016 through October 31, 2017. Some of the deals we're seeing include flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to the Cook Islands (RAR) for only $493 round-trip — quite the steal, as this route is usually twice that price or more! Air New Zealand's fifth-freedom route from Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) is priced at just $495 round-trip. Availability is scattered, so you'll have to do some searching on the airline's site. Note that the sale includes discounts of up to $1,000 on select business-class tickets as well.
Airline: Air New Zealand
Route: US to Australia, Cook Islands, London and New Zealand
Cost: $493+ round-trip in economy
Dates: November 30, 2016 through October 31, 2017
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: The Platinum Card from American Express (5x on airfare), Chase Sapphire Reserve, Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Los Angeles (LAX) to Cook Islands (RAR) for $493 round-trip per person:
Los Angeles (LAX) to London (LHR) for $495 round-trip per person:
San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL) for $794 round-trip per person:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the American Express Platinum Card (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Chase Sapphire Reserve, American Express Premier Rewards Gold or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
H/T: Thrifty Traveler
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