£75 return tickets to New Zealand – tomorrow (Thu) only!

I dropped this in as an extra article as it is a very, very good deal – although it will require some effort!

Air New Zealand is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.  In association with STA Travel, they are selling 100 return economy flights to Auckland for £75.

There are four ways to buy a ticket:

Air New Zealand middle earth logo

The STA shop at Victoria will have 50 tickets for sale at 9am.  One per person.  Get up early and join the queue!

Anyone too late to join the queue can enter a raffle at Victoria to win the chance to buy a ticket (3 winners)

Call STA Travel from 10am tomorrow – the first 40 callers get a ticket

Win the chance to buy  a ticket via Facebook or Twitter

You need to travel out between 16-27 May and return between 26 May and 9 June.  Free stopovers are available in Los Angeles (the flights route London – LA – Auckland).

Sadly, no frequent flyer miles will be earned on the tickets!

If you want to know more, visit the special STA website here.

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  1. Really wish they still routed via HKG rather than LAX. (Or LON-YVR as I’ve done their YVR-AKL)

  2. Looking at AirNZ’s Twitter feed the queue has already formed, #36 arrived a couple of hours ago so I think that option for buying will have disappeared now.

    • Andy – where do you see that? I’ve searched their feed and can’t see any details of queue length. Any idea what is up to now?

      • No worries, I found it. I agree – looks like that option has already gone

        • There were people there on Tuesday afternoon. Not surprising really, if I was young and had nothing to do it’s a pretty good return on the time investment considering the normal price of a ticket.

          • Where do you see the ‘live twitter count’?
            I really want to join now if not too late I live close!

  3. It’s a nice promotion for people who want a LAX stopover (permitted) or who don’t mind transiting the US. But the APD (if not stopping over) will be more than the ticket cost already, and I can’t see this generating much additional business for them in the future.

    • Used to fly them, stopped when the transits switched from HKG to USA.

      Would love them to switch transits back to HK, or Vancouver.

      • Transits have always been LA. They introduced HK as well, but since dropped it.

        • signol – I’m sorry but you are wrong.
          Service was LHR-HKG-AKL for a long time. With no service LHR-LAX.

          They operated LAX-AKL, with LHR-LAX added to it.

          For a brief while you could literally go around the world with them, as both LHR-LAX and LHR-HKG was operating,in addition to the AKL sectors, but they then dropped the LHR-HKG.

          So your statement “Transits have always been LA. They introduced HK as well, but since dropped it.” – is completely wrong.
          I’d check your facts before commenting.

          • David – are you sure? NZ launched AKL-LAX-LHR in 1994. In 2006 they launched the tag on to the AKL-HKG flight to LHR. This was dropped in 2012.
            I distinctly remember taking NZ1 via LAX all the way as a child, in the mid 1990s. There was no option to go via HKG at this point.

            • Well, that is very interesting.

              I don’t have access to all my emails – and sadly it is hard to check press releases that far back, but I will tell you what I do distinctly remember.

              I’m very confident on the following – we just need to work out how our two sets of distinct clear recollections fit together.

              I remember a period (Which may have been post 2006, but I thought was earlier) when ALL bookings from LHR were going LHR-HKG-AKL. I know this because I flew on them then, multiple times, and so I was in the customer database system.

              I then remember (as a customer receiving marketing emails) them making a big PR launch when the RTW became possible on air NZ metal – due to the launch (it could have been a resumption I guess, but no mention of it being such) of the LHR-LAX flights.
              (So the RTW was using both the LHR-HKG and LHR-LAX sectors).

              As I said, I remember the marking push when this became possible, and also the big marketing push in the UK passengers for just LHR-LAX (without onward transit).

              And I know I was a customer before then. Having flown LHR-HKG-AKL multiple times. This LHR-LAX and RTW was a PR launch, it was new.

              [And historically, I certainly believe that the serve did not got the pacific route, but (with far more stops) the other way.]

              Then of course, I remember 2012 when LHR-HKG stopped, and I remember taking the time to contact them and say I wished they’d reinstate it.
              People I spoke to at the time said it was due to too much competition on HKG, and was no longer sustainable as fares fell. Much less competition on LAX, and they also said that sending the LHR stuff via LAX would strengthen the LAX-AKL demand – to support an increased LAX-AKL service, When the HKG-AKL was viable with O & D traffic without needing the connection stuff (and HKG-AKL was not under competition pressure, but HKG-LON obviously was).

              So, what ever reality is, it must have taken a course that weaves together what you remember and I remember.

              But I’m certain I flew LHR-HKG-AKL at a time when LHR-LAX was not being operated by NZ, and then subsequent to that, I remember the PR launch of RTW and the big push to get people onto LHR-LAX (only) – all NZ marketing emails switched to that, only about 1 in 10 mentioned going further than LAX to UK customers).

  4. Wow! What a deal, I hope someone snares a bargain!

  5. Tried my luck, would take 50 redials over a course of a minute to get connected. Then while on hold to speak with an operator the line would get disconnected. Lost patience after a while.

    I do hope few HFP readers were able to get this killer bargain.


    • I phoned at 9.57 and was 43rd in the queue. I was on hold for 10 minutes, down to place 18 when I got cut off. I could then get through to their “welcome, for Australia press 1” but as soon as I did it went dead. I tried that until 10.30 and gave up.
      Their twitter feed says their phones went down due to high demand (frustratingly common on these high call volume ticket sales) and that they sold 22 by about 11am and sold out just after.

  6. amazing