New Zealand flights: Travel bubble to start, but which airline has the best price?

Posted: 6 April 2021 6:04 pm

We compare prices to see if Qantas, Air New Zealand or Jetstar will get you there for the best price.

After much anticipation, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced today that quarantine-free, trans-Tasman travel will be in effect from 19 April.

"The trans-Tasman bubble represents the start of a new chapter in our COVID response and recovery," said prime minister Ardern.

Currently, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Jetstar are offering fares on their Australia to New Zealand routes.

Meanwhile, Virgin Australia has announced that its flights to New Zealand won't resume until 31 October 2021.

Qantas's domestic and international CEO, Andrew David said, "Restarting flights to New Zealand is about more than starting to rebuild our international network, it's about reconnecting families and friends and getting more of our people back flying again."

Which airline has the best prices for New Zealand flights?

Things are about to get competitive.

If you're travelling on a budget, Jetstar wins. Fares from Sydney to Auckland are starting from $269 one way with dates ranging from 19 April till late May.

For full-service fares, Air New Zealand has your back with flights from Sydney to Auckland starting from $318 one way with dates ranging from 19 April until early December.

Qantas comes in last with its fares for the same route starting from $358 one way with dates from 19 April through to early December. Keep in mind those seats were recently starting at $608 one way, so that's a reduction of just over 40%.

Ready to jet for NZ? Head over to Skyscanner right now to book your tickets.

Prime minister Scott Morrison called the travel bubble an "important first step".

"This is the first of many more steps to come, I believe, as we get back to a more normal position, not only over the course of this year but beyond."

"It is a win-win outcome for trans-Tasman travel to be open – both countries benefit from that occurring," he said.

With the NZ travel bubble about to be in full swing, we should expect some exciting flight sales to drop in the next few days and weeks.

Be sure to check out our flight sales page regularly so you don't miss out.

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