I'm looking at flying from SFO to MEL in June of 2008, on Air New Zealand. The flights go through AKL in both directions. The flight quoted on NZ's website is about $1,300 round trip, which actually sounds quite good. (I have some new grandkids there, so this would be a fun trip)
I then wanted to stop over in AKL for several days. This option took me to a "multi-city" screen. The quoted price was over $6,000. But I would have to get off one aircraft and on another one there anyway, it's not like I want a detour via the South Pole . I'm trying to figure out what the big price difference is, when I'm not deviating in distance from the cheaper "direct" flight.
My actual intentions are to go to CHC on the way back to the States to visit my parents there, however I never got to the AKL-CHC internal leg after seeing this massive price discrepancy. Now, I could imagine if I was wanting to fly SFO-MEL-CHC-AKL-SFO, then that might cost more, I would expect that.
Can anyone shed any light on this wierd discrepancy? I could actually do a side-trip MEL-CHC-MEL for less than stopping off at AKL.