Flat Beds to Auckland for Under $500 returnAir Asia X may not be the first airline you consider for a trip to New Zealand. But right now, the Malaysian carrier has some very attractive premium airfares to Auckland.

Air Asia X flies daily from the Gold Coast to Auckland at convenient times. The outbound flight departs Gold Coast around 11am, arriving in Auckland mid-afternoon. The return flight to the Gold Coast is in the evening – perfect for returning from a long weekend. Continuing from Kuala Lumpur, this service is one of several fifth-freedom tag flights from Australia to New Zealand.

As a low-cost carrier, Air Asia X has some competitive Economy fares. But the Premium Flatbed pricing with Air Asia X to Auckland should not be overlooked!

Departing from the Gold Coast, you can fly with Air Asia X to Auckland in a Premium Flatbed for just $476 return! That’s less than the price of an Economy ticket with most full-service airlines. These fares can be booked on the Air Asia X website for travel on various dates between now and the end of this year. Here’s an example of what’s available:

Screenshot from Air Asia X website
Screenshot from Air Asia X website

So, what exactly do you get with an Air Asia X Premium Flatbed ticket? Well for starters, you get a spacious seat that converts to an angle-flat bed. The bed is not fully lie-flat, but it’s a comfortable option for the 3-hour flight to New Zealand. You also get a pillow, blanket and an on-board meal, although drinks are not included. You’ll have access to priority check-in counters, baggage and boarding, and a generous 40kg baggage allowance.

The Premium Flatbed experience with Air Asia X to Auckland does not include the full service you would expect flying Business class with Qantas, Virgin Australia or Air New Zealand. You won’t receive any lounge access, amenity kits or champagne on board. But the hard product is unbeatable for the price paid. By comparison, Virgin Australia normally charges $1,585 for a round-trip Business class ticket on the Gold Coast-Auckland route, and the Business seats are recliners.

This review will give you an idea of what to expect: To Bali with Air Asia X’s Premium FlatBed

A Premium Flatbed ticket between Australia and Malaysia generally costs around $700 one-way.

If you’re interested in cheap Business class fares to New Zealand, don’t forget that LATAM Airlines often has good sale fares from Sydney to Auckland. With these tickets you can also earn Qantas points and status credits.

Discuss this and other cheap international airfares on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Cheap International Airfares


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
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