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Walk Up Fares In NZ

Thu May 05, 2011 6:40 pm

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!


RE: Walk Up Fares In NZ

Thu May 05, 2011 9:06 pm

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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RE: Walk Up Fares In NZ

Thu May 05, 2011 9:27 pm

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.
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RE: Walk Up Fares In NZ

Thu May 05, 2011 11:38 pm

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
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RE: Walk Up Fares In NZ

Tue May 10, 2011 9:31 pm

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.
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