Flight Centre New Zealand is tempting Kiwis to London with a claimed record low return airfare to London from Auckland, starting at NZD 1349 (AUD 1295) per person on Air China.
Flight Centre Australia was yesterday offering almost exactly the same deal from Sydney, but even cheaper – AUD 1262 return – also on Air China.
Four years ago in 2012, Flight Centre NZs best-advertised price for a return airfare to London was from NZD 2349 (AUD 2255), almost double today’s price. Fares from Australia have seen equally dramatic dives this year.
Sean Berenson, Flight Centre NZ general manager product, says increased capacity and competition among airlines has seen record low airfares come through in the last six months from New Zealand.
“The market is very competitive right now which has been driven by increased competition on popular routes. This has driven a frenzy of sales activity which is great for the consumer while it lasts.”
“It’s hard to know how long this ‘golden era’ of travel will continue so my advice would be for Kiwis to make the most of these record lows and travel far and wide while it’s so affordable and accessible.”
The record low fares are for travel to London via Beijing and are on sale until 18 September 2016. The advertised price is from NZD 1399 but when booked via Flight Centre NZ travellers will receive an additional NZD 50 off.
The sale also includes a return airfare from Auckland to London flying Qatar Airways via Doha from NZD 1749 per person (AUD 1679). This is a new route starting in February 2017; the first leg of the flight will be the world’s longest at a record 17.5 hours.
Flight Centre NZ points out that in 1947 a return airfare to London from Auckland cost 85 weeks pay for the average worker whereas today it costs about 10 or 11 days pay. The same is true from Australia.
With the Brexit vote pushing the GBP down against both the NZD and the AUD, Flight Centre NZ says now is possibly the best time ever to be travelling to the UK. Exactly the same applies from Australia.
A great variety of items in London, from coffee to lipstick, from dinner at a restaurant to a night’s accommodation – even entry to the London Dungeon – are a lot cheaper in real terms now, in 2016, than they were 10 years ago in 2006.
Edited by Peter Needham