Deal Alert: San Francisco to New Zealand From $575 Round-Trip on Qantas

May 4, 2018

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using the American Express Platinum Card, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Planning ahead for holiday travel? Qantas has you covered. These sale fares to New Zealand will put you in the land of the Kiwis over peak summer season in the Southern Hemisphere, offering up intriguing options for making this an especially memorable holiday season, away from the winter blahs. These fares apply to routes for Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington, usually with a stop in Sydney or Melbourne.

Note that these fares only seem to appear for two-week trips or longer, and are only for seats in basic economy. But this isn’t your bare-bones basic: While you won’t be able to choose your own seats or upgrade with points, you can still check two full bags for this price, which knocks about $1,000 off regular fares and almost $2,000 off of holiday fares.

Airline: Qantas
Routes: SFO to ZQN/AKL/CHC/WLG
Cost: $575+ round-trip in basic economy (no seat selection or points upgrade, but includes two checked bags)
Dates: September 2018 – March 2019
Booking Link: Orbitz, Expedia or directly with the airline
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 plus excellent trip delay insurance) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)

We tested a number of different airports that weren’t included in yesterday’s similar deal. Here are a few examples of what you can book:

San Francisco (SFO) to Queenstown (ZQN) in January/February 2019 for $575 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Queenstown (ZQN) in February 2019 for $575 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Queenstown (ZQN) in March 2019 for $575 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Auckland (AKL) in September for $670 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Wellington (WLG) in September for $670 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Wellington (WLG) in November (over Thanksgiving!) for $670 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

San Francisco (SFO) to Christchurch (CHC) in November/December (over Thanksgiving!) for $671 round-trip on Qantas in basic economy:

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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: The Flight Deal

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