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Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

Virginia
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Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

We are in the process of planning our trip and are thinking we might want to play some of it by ear. (Flying into Auckland, but have to fly back to LAX from Sydney.) We aren't sure if we will make a loop through the North Island and then fly to Sydney from Auckland, or head south and fly from Wellington to Auckland.

The question: Can we wait to book flights and not worry about the price going sky high? Or are the Air NZ one-way flights (for example) subject to the same thing the flights are in the states - booking early on to get the cheapest price?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

Air fares at the moment are very very volatile so you would just have to take a chance. Air NZ have a grap a seat where there are sometimes really cheap flights next week and sometimes in two months time.

There is also Jet star but beware that they charge you extra for bags.

What time of the year are you coming to New Zealand??

If it is peak season it may pay to look at options and check on flight loads.

Kay

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2. Re: Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

I am going to Brisbane from Wellington next June and I check the various websites daily to find what I perceive to be a good deal.

I have found a deal on Pacific Blue which is very sharp and is currently $160 return cheaper than Air New Zealand or Qantas.

I've booked it.

Booking early air flights is a punt. If you see a fare that you are happy with do it if you arent happy then wait. By waiting you run the risk that fares will go up or if times get tough they will come down.

Best of luck with your decision.

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3. Re: Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

You can regularly get ridiculously cheap flights from Auckland to Sydney on the flights that arrive here from Latin America, dump most of their passengers and then carry on to Sydney with the residue - Lan Chile and Aerolinas Argentina both do this. But you'll spot a base line to the fares if you watch them below which they won't go.

Fares ex Auckland tend to be cheaper than ex Wellington and less likely to rise sharply, as there is more capacity on that route.

Virginia
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4. Re: Can we wait to purchase flight to Sydney?

Thanks for the responses!

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