International flights and currencies

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ctd

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Sorry if the answer to this is obvious somewhere - I've searched a fair bit, and unless I'm trying the wrong keywords, I haven't been able to find any answers.

My question is, when booking an international flight, why is the flight only offered in the currency of the country which the first leg departs from? For example, booking NRT-SYD from QF, I have to pay in JPY; LAX-AKL from NZ, is in USD. This is booking with the airline directly via their website.

Is there any way around this?

The reason I ask is I'm looking to book some flights from the US to NZ, and with current exchange rates it seems disadvantageous to pay in USD as opposed to NZD.

Thanks in advance.
 

Himeno

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Sorry if the answer to this is obvious somewhere - I've searched a fair bit, and unless I'm trying the wrong keywords, I haven't been able to find any answers.

My question is, when booking an international flight, why is the flight only offered in the currency of the country which the first leg departs from? For example, booking NRT-SYD from QF, I have to pay in JPY; LAX-AKL from NZ, is in USD. This is booking with the airline directly via their website.

Is there any way around this?

The reason I ask is I'm looking to book some flights from the US to NZ, and with current exchange rates it seems disadvantageous to pay in USD as opposed to NZD.

Thanks in advance.
Airfares are, in most cases, priced for the departure point. That is, a fare for that country in that countries currency (you'll often find that airfares for say, SYD-LAX are different then LAX-SYD, even after accounting for exchange rates). Most websites assume you are in that departing country when buying a ticket, so quote and charge the fares in that currency.

To pay in another currency, you need to go to a local agent who takes payment in the currency you want to use.
The LAX-AKL flight will be priced in USD. An agent selling that flight in Australia will convert it to AUD, an agent selling it in New Zealand will convert it to NZD.
 
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