48 Hour Sale - one way vs Return prices

Old Jun 24, 19, 2:15 am
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48 Hour Sale - one way vs Return prices

As we know: the $149 fares to Aussie are only One Way.
But another limiter is the difference on the Return leg (not $149 but say $210 or a associated discount/Special) - if you book the Return as a separate fare.
E.g. Return Wgt/Syd - 149 + 240. But if separate = $149 + $350 (you may do this for various reasons: mixing paying by airpoints or arranging a longer stopover enroute to regional).
So the one way special also offers a lesser special on the return (sometimes).
Got caught booking one way like this - Return fare much higher.
However, got around this by booking the return with Qantas for $250 (+ you get meal & luggage!).
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Old Jun 24, 19, 3:42 am
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Return fares from Australia are always more expensive due to the tax (depending on the route roughly $140 outbound from Oz or so vs $60 for outbound from NZ)

Whether or not NZ enforce r/t journeys for special fares just depends on the sale. Some sales are like the one today which does enforce this to get cheaper fares, whereas many don't and you can simply book the o/w return at a 'sale' price. With a 'sale' literally every other week now you can just wait and you'll get a cheap fare!

$250 on QF equates to around a $210 seat only fare on NZ, The Works fare prices pretty much align with the QF booking classes.
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Old Jun 24, 19, 12:56 pm
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Yes, was aware that the return segment is always higher.
But just got caught with a separate Aus to NZ booking which was higher still.
Anyway, was/is a good Airnz sale giving an effective return Napier/Sydney for 2 pax of $800 with a bit of mix/match! (not counting a $39 separate Airpoints domestic leg).
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