I’ve been shopping for cheap flight from Australia to New Zealand for months now, nothing cheap showed up on the horizon until today: Christmas Eve! I was focusing my search on Grabaseat fares from Air New Zealand because while living there earlier this year I had accumulated 309 Airmiles which are equivalent to $309 NZD. Unfortunately none of the flights with Air New Zealand were that cheap, even though I was willing to blow the budget on one shot just to get there and back.
Luckily, I managed to snag an even cheaper deal with Jetstar all in for $206 AUD which is even lower than what I expected to pay for such a trip. Ironically I flew Jetstar MEL-AKL earlier this year after the Australian GP when I lived in New Zealand and it cost $189 which I thought was a pretty decent deal.
I did have to burn some Velocity points that I had accumulated with Virgin Blue when I lived in Australia in 2009, just to get from Sydney to Melbourne, but I have been looking forward to doing that for the longest time.
While I’m pretty thrilled about the deal, I’m kind of pissed that 1). I still have 309 Airmiles to burn through without letting them expire, and 2). what I thought would be a nice three weeks in New Zealand has now been cut down to mere 8 days based on flight availability. Initially, besides the V8 Supertourers I wanted to do a few other events at Hampton Downs or Taupo, but because the cheaper flights were only available on certain days and now I have signed up for Clipsal 500 I didn’t want to chance it. So I’ll be spending way more time in Australia than I had planned, but I won’t complain.
Looking forward to this trip more than anything. Though I am fully aware this trip will ruin me financially as my bank balance will be in negative territory when I return to the US 🙁