Houston – Auckland Air New Zealand Flights Now on Sale

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A quick update to let you know that the brand new Air New Zealand Houston – Auckland route that starts December 15th is now on sale.  I don’t normally post about new routes going on sale, but this is one I am just particularly excited about so wanted to share.

Air New Zealand

The introductory fares reportedly start at $1,298 round trip for economy (though I couldn’t personally find that price available via a quick search).  The route will operate five days a week Tuesday – Friday and Sunday via a Boeing 777-200 with a new interior, the Economy Skycouch option, Premium Economy Seats, and lie-flat Business Class seats.

Air New Zealand Economy Skycouch

Air New Zealand Economy Skycouch

Houston is Air New Zealand’s fifth North American city (along with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Honolulu).

So far I haven’t seen award availability loaded for this route, though I will keep checking.  I don’t expect award availability to be very good since Air New Zealand historically has very limited award availability, but you can sometimes find economy award seats available on other routes so hopefully you will on this route, too.  If you booked via United miles it would be 80,000 miles round trip in economy.

This is one inaugural I would love to be on!  I’m not sure that is going to be really feasible, but it would be pretty neat.  Even if I don’t fly this route for a very long time, I’m happy to see this option come to Houston and hope some of you are able to use it to go on the vacation of your dreams!

Air New Zealand’s Houston – Auckland schedule from December 15, 2015 will be as follows:

Departure Time (local) Arrival Time (local)
Houston to Auckland NZ29 8:25 p.m. 5:55 a.m. (Arriving two calendar days later)
Auckland to Houston NZ28 6:30 p.m. 1:15 p.m. (Arriving same calendar day)

Anyone else hope to one day be on this flight?!

Comments

  1. They didn’t even load NZ281/282 AKL-SIN-AKL availabilities at all. I don’t think AKL-EZE-AKL or AKL-IAH-AKL will ever be loaded 🙁

  2. The flights are loaded now…. I would love to be on the inaugural flight, which is slightly reduced fare, but the sale is for flights from 20Jan to 10April. I priced $1375 NZD round trip for the sale, not bad as that’s only about $1009 USD… I’m a native Houstonian now living in NZ so this will be great for me to return to visit friends and family. Very happy!

  3. Paid flights are loaded to the end of the schedule and are bookable through United.

    It would be great if you did an update when you see award flights available. I really would like to fly this route.

    • Ben, I’m going to keep checking but if someone notices award availability sooner be sure to comment!

  4. Maybe it’s just my inability to seach the interwebs properly, but the cheapest one-way is roughly $5700.
    Nice.
    Does look like a pretty cool route/aircraft though.

    • Geoff, yeah I’m not finding the cheapest flights either but I am seeing one-ways for around $1,300 on the Air New Zealand website.

  5. I see some economy seats available on United Airlines website for 40,000 miles each way. Example — 22 December, 2015.

  6. If you go to airnewzealand.com and look towards the bottom of the page, click on “New Zealand is now on sale from North America”. It gives you the price fly AirNZ from Houston as $1,198.00 rt pp.

    “Destination: New Zealand
    Sale ends: 15 Dec 2015
    Travel period: 1 May – 21 Jun, 24 Jul – 21 Sep 2016”

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