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  • Air New Zealand run the Grab A Seat website which have a huge number of daily bargains on flights, holidays, accommodation and travel packages. Read our guide to making the most of Grab A Seat.
  • Jetstar's Friday Frenzy is also very popular. From 4pm until 8pm on most Fridays (but not every Friday), Jetstar have crazy low cheap flights to a range of domestic and international destinations.
  • Pacific Blue's Happy Hour features cheap flights between 12pm and 1pm every week day.

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Jetstar’s 3rd Birthday – Take a Friend Sale!

In: Uncategorized

6 Jun 2012

Jetstar's 3rd Birthday

Flights to selected Jetstar destinations throughout New Zealand on sale!

And when they say free, they mean FREE! For every passenger who books a specially marked sale Starter fare^, you will receive another Starter fare for free! The friend for free offer is for an additional Starter fare only (checked baggage not included). Checked baggage and extras can be purchased, additional fees apply per passenger.

To take up this offer, you must include all travelling passengers (including the free passenger) in the one booking for travel on the same flight. A minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 passengers per booking applies. You can make bookings which include an odd number of passengers, however the last passenger will not receive a free fare.

So grab a friend, a family member, or just anyone you can find and help us celebrate our 3rd birthday!

Grab a friend and celebrate with Jetstar!

Sale ends 11.59pm Thursday 7 June 2012, unless sold out prior. Bookings are subject to sale Starter fare availability and are for travel in selected periods in 2012 and 2013 as stated on the sale page. Selected routes only.

Now is the time to book your next trip across the ditch or explore the likes of Asia with Jetstar.

On sale now until 11.59pm Monday 14 November 2011, unless sold out prior. Sale may be extended. Selected travel dates in 2011 and 2012, see below for details.

To see all the International Sale fares and for more details, visit Jetstar’s sale page now!

to Sale fares available only one way.
Trans Tasman RoutesTravel PeriodsOne-way
Sale Fare^ NZD
Christchurch to Gold Coast30 Nov – 31 Dec 2011
17 Jan – 28 Mar 2012


Auckland to Sydney7 Feb – 28 Mar 2012$129


Auckland to Melbourne (Tullamarine)7 Feb – 28 Mar 2012$129


Queenstown to Melbourne (Tullamarine)7 Feb – 28 Mar 2012$169


More Info
International RoutesTravel PeriodsOne-way
Sale Fare^ NZD
Auckland to Singapore1 May – 28 June 2012$329


Auckland to Phuket
(Via Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$371


Auckland to Bali (Denpasar)
(Via Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$391


Wellington to Kuala Lumpur
(Via Auckland and Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$399


Wellington to Singapore
(Via Auckland)
1 May – 28 June 2012$404


Auckland to Hong Kong
(Via Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$470


Christchurch to Ho Chi Minh
(Via Auckland and Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$478


Wellington to Manila
(Via Auckland and Singapore)
1 May – 28 June 2012$515


More Info
^Sale fares are one way, carry on baggage only. You can choose from 15kg to 40kg checked baggage for an additional $25 – $70 per passenger per fare. Fares may not be available all flights and days. Flights from Auckland to Singapore are operated by Jetstar Airways (JQ) for Jetstar Asia (3K). Intra Asia flights are operated by Jetstar Asia (3K)

Ski packages on sale from $2,506pp!

SAVE up to $274 per person when you book one of Jetstar’s Japan Ski Packages.

On sale until 11.59pm Monday 5 September 2011, unless sold out prior.

Now’s the time to plan your 2012 Japan snow adventure with Jetstar!

All packages include the following:

- Return Economy airfare (checked baggage not included^) to Tokyo (Narita) or Osaka
- Meet and greet at Tokyo (Narita) or Osaka Airport (flight details must be advised at the
time of booking)
- Return transfers from Tokyo (Narita) or Osaka Airport to Hakuba
- 7 nights accommodation (as listed below)
- Hot breakfast each morning
- 5 day multi ski field lift tickets

And much more!

To see all details click here now!

3 days only

Hurry! Sale ends midnight Wednesday 10 August 2011, unless sold out prior.
Save with the Qantas Walkabout Pass. Use Qantas’ multi-city booking engine to book your return Qantas Trans-Tasman flights from New Zealand and include up to six domestic flights within Australia with Qantas or partner airlines.

The Walkabout Pass is available between selected cities in Australia, which are divided up into the following three zones:

Zone A:
Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Gold Coast, Hamilton Island, Hobart, Launceston, Melbourne, Sydney, Townsville, Rockhampton, Mackay, Proserpine, Maroochydore.

Zone B:
Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin

Zone C:
Broome, Perth

Walkabout Sale Fares:
For travel within the same zoneFrom NZ$90^plus Surcharges and Taxes
For travel between zonesFrom NZ$220^plus Surcharges and Taxes
^Prices exclude any applicable surcharges & taxes which will vary depending on your departure and destination points.
Search to find exact fares for your flights
Sample Itineraries:Walkabout Pass:Surcharges and Taxes:TOTAL Price:
From Sydney to Cairns (within the same zone)From NZ$90plus NZ$30
From Sydney to Perth (between zones)From NZ$220plus NZ$16
From Sydney to Darwin (between zones)From NZ$220plus NZ$31
From Sydney to Adelaide to Perth
(within the same zone and between zones)
From NZ$310plus NZ$43

Book Now

Gold Coast SaleDiscover why the Gold Coast is ‘Famous for fun’ with an unlimited variety of things to do all year round! Whether it be enjoying the excitement of the theme parks, relaxing on the pristine beaches, touring the hinterland or browsing the many shops and markets, the Gold Coast experience represents Australia at its best.
There’s never been a better time to visit with Jetstar’s Gold Coast Sale fares!On sale now until midnight (23:59) , Monday 8 August 2011, unless sold out prior. Sale may be extended.
Domestic RoutesTravel PeriodsOne way
Sale Fares^ $NZD
Auckland to Gold Coast26 Oct – 24 Nov 2011
29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
6 Dec – 14 Dec 2011


Christchurch to Gold Coast30 Oct – 24 Nov 2011
29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
6 Dec – 11 Dec 2011


Queenstown to Gold Coast28 Oct – 24 Nov 2011
29 Nov – 1 Dec 2011
6 Dec – 12 Dec 2011


Sale fares are one way carry on baggage only^. You can choose from 15kg to 40kg checked baggage for an additional $25 – $50 per passenger per fare.
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Experience the historical and cultural wonders of one of the most amazing countries on the planet!Fares are on sale now until midnight (23:59) Friday 29 July 2011, unless sold out prior. Sale may be extended.
to Sale fares available in both directions. to Sale fares available only one way.
RoutesTravel PeriodsOne-way
Sale Fare^ $NZD
Auckland to Tokyo
via Gold Coast only
6 Sep – 20 Sep 2011$344


Auckland to Osaka
via Gold Coast only
1 Sep – 20 Sep 2011$344


More info
Sale fares are one-way, web only, carry on baggage only^. For an additional $30 – $55 per passenger, per fare you can choose between 15kg to 40kg checked baggage. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Limited availability on public holiday weekends.
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Jetstar Grab A Seat


Advanced warning! Sale starts midday Wednesday, July 27!

Cheap Flights

STA Travel are doing it all over again – super fares at super prices, on sale for one day only!

As a Cheap Flights fan you get the heads up of the sale, starting tomorrow – Wednesday 27 July from midday. You’ll have to be in quick because there are only 10 tickets available per destination – first in, first served … until sold out!

There are 10 tickets for each of the following deals available:

  • Sydney return from $299
  • Melbourne return from $299
  • Brisbane return from $299
  • Fiji return from $49 (student/under 26)
  • Bangkok return from $799
  • Kuala Lumpur return from $799
  • Singapore return from $799
  • London one way from $999 (student/under 26)
  • Los Angeles return from $1299

So make sure you know where to find your nearest branch or lock 0800 474 400 into your mobile for your chance to nab one of these beauties…

The Super 90 are available until sold out. Conditions apply. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane fares are valid for travel 20/08/11 – 10/10/11. Fiji fare is valid for travel 01/08/11 – 30/11/11 and is a student/under 26 fare only. Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore fares are valid for travel until 25/10/11. Los Angeles fare is valid for travel until 09/12/11. London fare is valid for travel between the dates of 01/10/11 – 30/11/11 and is a student/under 26 fare only. All airfares are for sales 26/07/11 and for ten tickets per destination only. Prices given are for payment by cash, payment by any other means may attract a nominal administration fee. Subject to availability at time of travel. Valid for new bookings only.

South East Asia Sale

Jetstar are on sale to some of South East Asia’s best holiday destinations from 11:00am to midnight tonight 26 July 2011. Unless sold out prior. Sale may be extended.

Sale fares to Singapore start from just $199! Jetstar also have some amazing fares to other great destinations such as Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and more.

For all the sale fares and more details visit Jetstar’s sale page from 11:00am today!

Air New Zealand saleNew Zealand’s largest airline, Air New Zealand, begins an alliance with Pacific Blue and Virgin Australia with a $50 add-on sale!

The alliance, which links Air New Zealand’s 27 domestic ports to Virgin Australia’s 29 Australian ports, mean you can now purchase flights to all over Australia through Air New Zealand.

For just $50 extra, you can add on a flight to the following:

Coffs Harbour (via Sydney)
Canberra (via Sydney & Melbourne)
Darwin (via Melbourne & Brisbane)
Hamilton Island (via Brisbane)
Hobart (via Melbourne)
Mackay (via Brisbane)
Townsville (via Brisbane)
Launceston (via Melbourne)
Rockhampton (via Brisbane)
Port Macquarie (via Sydney)
Broome (via Perth)
Karratha (via Perth)

Travel dates for the $50 add-on destinations depend on your route. Sale ends midnight Wednesday 13th July 2011.

See for more information.

Grab A Seat

In: Uncategorized

8 Jun 2011

Everyone loves cheap flights and that’s why Grab A Seat is so popular! Every day a myriad of deals around New Zealand are added and snapped up. But popularity comes with a caveat. Sometimes the deals go so fast that between deciding on dates and making the booking – you miss out! We’ve collated the best tips from around the web to give you an advantage over the rest of the deal-hungry public!

Sign up at the Grab A Seat website

How many times have you got to Grab A Seat’s payment screen to find that the flight is no longer available? Register on the Grab A Seat website beforehand to avoid this. Grab A Seat will have all of your personal details so when it comes to grabbing that cheap fare you won’t be wasting time filling out your details. Also, seats are held for 5 minutes while you’re making your booking for logged in users only.

Get Grab A Seat Email Alerts

Checking the Grab A Seat website every morning to find your city not on there can be a bit of a pain. Sign up for email alerts to save time and to avoid missing out when your city does come up!

Follow Grab A Seat

You can pretty much access Grab A Seat deals from any web platform:

Grab A Seat on Facebook


Grab A Seat on Twitter


Grab A Seat via RSS


Grab A Seat on Sella

Every Thursday Sella run $1 reserve auctions on Grab A Seat flights and there are some grab destinations available! The deals are usually packages for two to international destinations.

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