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Master Geek

# 211629 4-Apr-2017 20:46
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So I was looking at flights to the New York in October for my 8 year old son and I, from New York we are flying onto another city on the east coast. We are exiting the States from Houston. So I entered a search into Air NZ website and it came up with a cost of $4,144 for both of us. So I entered the same search into google flights but included the final destination in and the cost of the flights came out at $2,313 nzd for both of us.


I am flying on the same flights from Christchurch to Newark and from Houston back to Christchurch, being Air NZ aircraft so how can the same flights have a difference in cost of $1,831 while also including two internal flights in the States? Hence to say that I have booked the flights through Google Flights what connected me through to United's website and completed the booking in NZ dollars.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 1756613 4-Apr-2017 20:57
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Some of those prices look too good to be true imo.

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Uber Geek

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  # 1756614 4-Apr-2017 20:57
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@sbiddle could answer why!




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Master Geek

  # 1756623 4-Apr-2017 21:02
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I know but I paid $2,312.18 NZD last night, all booked, seats allocated, reservation confirmed through United.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1756626 4-Apr-2017 21:05
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If it's UA ticket stock on a UA codeshare (but AirNZ metal) I'd consider that all NZ's own cheap/less expensive fare buckets had been sold and what remained was the higher priced stuff, whereas UA's allocated fares (/seats) for that flight hadn't sold nearly as much, ergo their cheaper fare buckets remained.



Curious as to the ticket stock, if it is a codeshare and the resulting fare buckets.

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  # 1756631 4-Apr-2017 21:09
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You didn't book on NZ, you booked on United so you're not really comparing apples with apples. Each can sell codeshare flights and share revenue on the AKL-SFO route JV. The booking classes you have will be different to what Air NZ is selling on it's site.


There have been plenty of deals at a similar price on NZ metal on NZ 086 ticket stock for around the same price - I booked WLG-AKL-LAX-EWR/LGA-IAH-AKL-WLG for around the same price a few months ago. October is also school holidays so don't expect any deals.


What exact dates and flights did you select? I'd be interested to look, and could explain exactly why with that information.





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Master Geek

  # 1756642 4-Apr-2017 21:30
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@sbiddle you are correct that I am not fully comparing apples with apples as I am looking at bookings through different airlines but I am comparing NZ Metal with NZ Metal and the price is even better as it is school holidays and we know what Air NZ is like during the holidays.


I see that Air NZ has a sale on so I have run the same experiment with the 899 each way ticket cost for CHCH to Newark from the 21/10 to 28/10 (this is within the sale period)


Air NZ have priced the flight, on sale at $1,784 plus credit card fees


United through Google Flights have quoted the same flights on the same metal at $1,298 including all fees.


Seems so wrong.





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Ultimate Geek

  # 1756647 4-Apr-2017 21:45
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Quite, but is it the same booking class / fare bucket...


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Master Geek

  # 1756648 4-Apr-2017 21:48
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not sure about buckets but both are economy class tickets, that is all I know

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Uber Geek


  # 1756688 5-Apr-2017 05:00
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You can often see the same flight for two very different prices on Expedia - due to code-sharing. 

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