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  Reply # 1822576 14-Jul-2017 16:18
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eracode:

 

Thanks to all who responded - very helpful.

 

One more qn: I guess Airpoints Dollars are OK to use as payment/part payment for 'deal' fares?

 

 

You can't (yet) use Airpoints dollars for part payment unless you're part of a new trial offering this. If you want to pay for a fare and don't have enough Airpoints Dollars you'll need to purchase these to top up your account.

 

If you pay for a fare using Airpoints Dollar you won't earn Airpoints Dollars or Status Points - so most frequent flyers don't do it.

 

 


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I am these days a big fan is using Google Flights to search for overseas flights (raised the price difference in a previous post of using Google Flights to search for flights) as you can get a few more options. An example for you I have selected flights from Christchurch to Houston on 25/01 and returning on 02/02.

 

Cheapest option is via LAX (not a fun airport to fly through) and then back out with the direct flight from Houston.

 

Google Flights tells me that I can book this flight through United (whom code share with Air NZ) for $1480 NZD or $2,394 through Air NZ site for the same flight or $2,216 for direct flights from Auckland.  This option is just over three hours more but you are saving $914 per person on option one or $736 per person for the direct flight.


 
 
 
 


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Yeah it seems United are a lot cheaper at the moment, for flying on the same AirNZ plane (Auckland to LAX and Houston to Auckland)


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  Reply # 1824297 18-Jul-2017 11:52
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SNicolle:

 

Check out http://promos.airnz.co.nz/wenza/

 

 

 

 

Cool link but I don't see Houston on the list...


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  Reply # 1824298 18-Jul-2017 11:56
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Had a look at google flights - it's fast and slick. Not sure yet how accurate it is.

 

 


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  Reply # 1824302 18-Jul-2017 11:59
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I have personally used Google Flights and cross referenced it with other sites and its accurate and very easy to use.

 

Booked a Trip to the states in October using it.

 

Its now my first point of call for finding overseas flights


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dipper:

 

I have personally used Google Flights and cross referenced it with other sites and its accurate and very easy to use.

 

Booked a Trip to the states in October using it.

 

Its now my first point of call for finding overseas flights

 

 

Google Flights is simply a front end for ITA Matrix. It uses airline GDS systems as it's primary source of data.

 

Google Fligths is great but don't rely on it 100% as a resource - it'll often provide you with itineraries that simply can't be booked or break fare rules. It can also spew out messed up GDS data and pricing that's entirely wrong and very different to what's actually available from an airline.

 

It's a handy resource, and is well suited to travellers who want complex routing and are looking for ideas that they can then take to a travel agent for booking as many things can't be ticketed online (even if you use bookwithmatrix).

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

It's a handy resource, and is well suited to travellers who want complex routing and are looking for ideas that they can then take to a travel agent for booking as many things can't be ticketed online (even if you use bookwithmatrix).

 

 

Why in the world would anyone use a travel agent these days? Extraordinarily high prices. Extraordinarily low interest in setting up an itinerary that suits you. Sad!

 

 


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sbiddle:

 

It's a handy resource, and is well suited to travellers who want complex routing and are looking for ideas that they can then take to a travel agent for booking as many things can't be ticketed online (even if you use bookwithmatrix).

 

 

Why in the world would anyone use a travel agent these days? Extraordinarily high prices. Extraordinarily low interest in setting up an itinerary that suits you. Sad!

 

 

 

 

If you're looking at anything beyond basic point to point flights there are plenty of things that you still can't easily do online if you're looking at complex itineraries.

 

I do agree that the travel agent experience these days can be a poor one. My last experience with Flight Centre a few years ago was not a great one, probably because I knew exactly what I wanted and probably annoyed the travel agent who told me I couldn't do what I wanted to do so I had the explain the fare rules to her.

 

It's become a minimum wage job these days as there is no margin left in the industry. This has basically meant many people don't have the skills or knowledge that the industry had 10-15 years ago.

 

 


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