New Zealand is on every bucket list. Don't lie, I know it's on yours too. Unfortunately getting there, even just in regular old economy runs north of $1200 round trip, making it prohibitively expensive. Thanks to a new direct route and a new competitor entering the market, fares are incredible low right now. Deal alert...

The Deal

West Coasters have lucked out in this deal and if you're anywhere else in the US or Canada, you may want to cash in some miles to make it to Los Angeles or San Francisco as well, where these deals originate. Qantas, American, Delta, United and Air New Zealand have all matched each other at under $700 for flights departing Los Angeles or San Francisco round trip to Melbourne, Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane. That's about $500 below the usual fare. 

The Dates

This deal is bookable almost any time between August 2016 and May 2017. Remember, if it's Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, it's winter in the Southern. If you struggle to see the price on the first dates you enter, it's because this is an amazing deal and there will only be a few seats at the special price on each flight. Simply adjust your dates and keep searching, it's there...

Booking

Booking direct is almost always the best way to book airfare and in this case thats' no problem. Simply head to your favorite airline, Delta, United, American, Air New Zealand or Qantas (links) and get to booking. These fares typically do not last very long so get it while it's hot. You can always cancel for a FULL refund within 24 hours of purchase if plans change...

Expert Tips

American will operate the Auckland flight with a brand new 787 Dreamliner which features premium economy. The airline won't plan to sell premium economy until later next year, meaning this could be an opportunity to pay a very modest fee, or get it for free if you're a frequent flyer with the airline, turning a super cheap ticket into a great experience. That's a major upgrade. If you really want to be savvy, also look into whether any flights or airlines allow these tickets to be upgraded using miles and whether or not it's worth it for you to use these flights for a status challenge, to become an elite frequent flyer off almost just one trip. That won't be the case with Delta or United but may be with others.