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]
Sample Travel Date:
- Sample to Auckland
- May 4th – 11th
- 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:
- Use ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search and use the following search criteria:
- Departing from: SFO
- Outbound Advanced Routing Code: dl+ /f bc=T
- Destination: AKL
- Return Advanced Routing Code: dl+ /f bc=T
- (Click on Advanced Routing Codes link to enable advanced routing code input)
- (For other destinations, replace AKL with airport codes from above)
- Select “See calendar of lowest fares”
- Length of stay “6-13” (This is just a sample, you can use any 7 day date range like 3-10, 7-14 etc)
- You cannot buy tickets using ITA. To buy, follow our instructions below.
- Beginner’s Guide on How to Use Matrix by ITA Software
- How to Read Airfare Rules and Use It to Your Advantage
Elite Qualifying Dollars:
- SFO – LAX (Los Angeles) – SYD (Sydney) – AKL (Auckland) LAX – SFO. Some flights might be operated by Virgin Australia under Delta flight numbers
- Two permitted. One for free and additional at $150. Stopover options include Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Los Angeles
- How to Take Advantage of a Stopover
- 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:
- Support us by using our Priceline link to book with dates found on ITA Software Matrix Airfare Search. Make sure you enter “Delta” on the Airline textbox in the Advanced Flight Options section
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- Visa: US Citizens – Not required. Other nationals, check the TIMATIC Visa Database
- Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD). $1USD = 1.36 NZD
Tips for saving when using credit cards at international destinations:
- No Foreign Transaction Fee Credit Cards to save on international purchases
- Don’t get hit with Dynamic Currency Conversion
- Get your taxes refunded when shopping
- How to Avoid International Data Roaming Charges
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