Delta – About $1,000: San Francisco – New Zealand. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

New Zealand and Australia are the two hardest deal destinations out there. Air New Zealand also has this for about the same price — however, it is non-mileage earning. Travel is a long game, if you plan on traveling more than once, collect miles. It is the least expensive way to travel.

Here are the three cities in New Zealand we found availability to:

  • Auckland [AKL]
  • Wellington [WLG]
  • Christchurch [CHC]
Auckland, New Zealand - Photo: GPS 56 via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Auckland, New Zealand – Photo: GPS 56 via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

Sample Travel Date:

  • Sample to Auckland
  • May 4th – 11th

Fare Availability:

  • Valid for travel on the outbound until from late April – June 21st or August – September 21st for Monday through Thursday departures. Must purchase at least 14 days in advance of departure and by March 17th (TODAY)
  • Please note that while this fare is valid at time of posting, if this post is more than two days old, the fare is likely gone.

How to Search for Availability:

Fare Class:

  • T

Elite Qualifying Dollars:

  • $901


  • SFO – LAX (Los Angeles) – SYD (Sydney) – AKL (Auckland) LAX – SFO. Some flights might be operated by Virgin Australia under Delta flight numbers



  • Elite Qualifying Miles: 18,334 miles or 5.5 cents per mile
  • Base Redeemable Miles: 4,505 miles

Unless you a Delta frequent flyer, you would earn more redeemable miles crediting this to Alaska Airlines if you take a routing that is 100% operated by Delta with Delta flight numbers. You will earn 50% mileage or 7,826 miles when crediting to Alaska with this routing. Mileage accrual will vary depending on routing and carrier options.

How to Book:

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Background Information:

  • Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD). $1USD = 1.36 NZD

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Comments (3)

  • James 7 years ago Reply

    How do I credit a flight to Alaska? I don’t understand that? If I book on Orbitz, how can I credit it to Alaska instead of Delta?

    The Flight Deal 7 years ago Reply

    @James – on checkout, you have an option to enter your Alaska frequent flyer #. its the same drop down as the Delta box. Just remember, on just particular itinerary, you will only earn Alaska miles for Delta operated and coded flights. Meaning, you have to pick Delta flight #16 and #17 between LAX and Sydney. If you pick the Virgin Australia operated, but Delta coded flight between LAX and Sydney, you will not earn miles for that. You will also not earn miles for the Australia -> New Zealand segments when crediting to Alaska.

  • James 7 years ago Reply

    Thanks. What if I already choose Delta to credit, can it be modified if flight has not yet been completed?

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