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User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 44
Posted (5 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3223 times:

Hello all,

I'm hoping some of our Kiwi members will see this as they wake up!

In the U.S., there is a significant premium to be paid for a walk up fare at an airport, sometimes on the order of double or triple a more heavily discounted fare.

Does such a phenomenon exist in New Zealand? I'm trying to figure out if I should go ahead and book my intra-New Zealand flights well in advance, or if the flexibility gained by not doing so is worth any ticket price increases for booking last minute or walk-up.

My experience in Argentina has been that booking late (maybe not a walk-up fare, but booked 2-3 days prior) is not treated the same way as a last-minute ticket is in the U.S., so I'm wondering if NZ is more like US (no pun intended) or THEM.

Any clarification would be much appreciated!


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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8970 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3181 times:
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Hi mate ,

There is no straightforward answer to this , domestic fares here do not have any advance purchase requirements , so in theory , if the lowest fare buckets are available on the day then cheap fares can be purchased on the day of travel ... but of course if those have sold out and only the higher fares levels are available then they can be expensive . It is really a matter of how many seats have been pre-sold at which fare levels on a particular flight .

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User currently offlinePI4EVER From United States of America, joined May 2009, 706 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Cameron -
I am traveling to SYD and AKL next week and found a cheaper fare for intra-NZ flights using the NZ page of airnewzealand.com and using their "Grab a Seat" link in lieu of booking on the USA website. Tickets were purchased in NZD and converted by credit card company with no issues and I received the same confirmation and E ticket as I did for the SYD-AKL roundtrip on NZ I purchased through the USA website.
Just an additional way to monitor for low fares as I had considered just waiting till I got there and would decide when to fly but as kiwiandrew pointed out, several NZ agents I spoke with referred me to "Grab A Seat" and felt that would likely be the best price for the segments I wanted.
Hope this info might help,

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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7232 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 weeks ago) and read 3163 times:

There used to be a fee you pay when buying a fare at the airport. Not sure if its still there, though it wasnt ridiculously expensive

User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6715 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

And also student standby tickets.. But obviously you'd have to be a student I think based in NZ. Needless to say, you'd probably get a better price if you pay beforehand - try the NZ based website.

It's all about the destination AND the journey.
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