The recent drop in the price of airfares between Australia and the United States is like music to the ears of many a traveller. In recent months we have seen some very good sales on this route, with Qantas selling off-peak tickets for under $1,200 and Virgin Australia undercutting that even more. But a current Air New Zealand promotion sees prices slashed even further to what may well be the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for flights to the United States.

Five airlines currently fly directly between Australia and North America, and additional direct services have recently been added across the Pacific by both Qantas and United. Qantas recently announced direct flights to Vancouver, as well as an increase in flights to Los Angeles and the upgrade of the Dallas-Fort Worth route to an A380 service. And United began flying its Dreamliner direct to Melbourne last year.

The competition is certainly making a difference. But on top of this, many other airlines offering one-stop connections to the US are also competing strongly on price to attract flyers. One such airline is Air New Zealand, who offer one-stop service to the US through their Auckland hub. Their latest sale sees return fares to Los Angeles available for just $790 departing Melbourne, $805 departing Brisbane and $806 departing Sydney!

Wow, just wow! Check these prices out for flights to the US. Air NZ has just released sale fares sub $800!
Make sure you apply code USA300 to your quote.
Valid for travel 12/06/15 to 15/09/15. Offer ends 22/04/15

Amazing deal for Northern Hemisphere summer!

Some members suggest that airlines must be struggling to fill their planes as the prices are almost too good to be true. One member suggests that if this is indeed the case, the airline may even accept some very low bids for upgrades into premium economy or business class.

I would suggest if they’re having trouble filling their planes they may also be accepting low upgrademe bids!

On Air New Zealand, it is possible to upgrade using “OneUp”, the airline’s upgrade auction. Under this system, passengers can bid the amount they would be prepared to pay for an upgrade. The first available upgrades would obviously go to the highest bidders, however if there are many empty seats then even low bidders could be in with a shot at scoring a more comfortable seat.

Find out more HERE.

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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!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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