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Topic # 230695 9-Mar-2018 08:20
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We were looking at some flights the other day and NZ flights were offered as well as SQ flights.

The cost difference was quite significant and we sat there wondering what Air NZ were offering to justify the additional$500 or so to travel to the same place on the same date in the same class.

We could come up with nowt other than a few more Airpoints.

Is that it? Is that the only justification for so large a premium?

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  Reply # 1971509 9-Mar-2018 08:20
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.


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  Reply # 1971514 9-Mar-2018 08:38
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Whose "metal" was the flight? ie which airline is actually running the service




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  Reply # 1971519 9-Mar-2018 08:50
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Since NZ and SQ only fly together on the AKL-SIN route I have to assume this is the route you're talking about.


Pricing differences come down solely to the basics of how airline booking classes work for international flights - which is that there are multiple booking classes with fixed numbers of seats in each class. When cheaper classes sell out the price goes up until you fill the plane. If SQ flights are $500 cheaper it probably means they simply have seats available in a cheaper booking class which the NZ service does not. For AKL/CHC to SIN this ranges from $725 o/w in S class, $775 o/w in L, $825 o/w in V, $900 o/w in Q, $975 o/w in H, $1075 o/w in M, $1225 o/w in B  and $1450 o/w in Y class.


AKL-SIN is a metal neutral revenue share alliance which means they can sell seats on each other's services (and metal) and share the revenue. For this reason there is no reason for one to under cut the other, unlike a codeshare or non revenue share alliance.

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