One-way vs round-trip fares on NZ

Old Dec 26, 19, 6:36 am
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One-way vs round-trip fares on NZ

I've noticed that when I've been searching for flights on ITA, all NZ fares seem to be one-way. Is this necessarily the case, I distinctly recall seeing round-trip fares on EF when I used to have a subscription, but I might be just misunderstanding something. I've flown NZ quite a bit, but have mostly just gone through travel agents. Now that I'm trying to piece together an open-jaw, it seems that NZ only sells tickets as one-way fares and have combination rules that mean that they pretty much function as return tickets if needed. My read into it is that NZ doesn't really offer much of a discount, if at all, if you are booking a round-trip compared with combining two one-ways. Am I completely missing something or misunderstanding something here?
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Old Dec 26, 19, 7:01 am
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Depends on the destination. All domestic NZ, Trans Tasman and Pacific Island fares are now quoted as one way fares (and have been for some time now), and I think some other destinations too.

What flights are you looking at?
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Old Dec 26, 19, 12:45 pm
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Correct. for domestic fares a return offers no cost saving or other benefit besides having 1 tix with both flights.

Pricing to Australia is mixed, and all depends on whether there is a sale for either direction (and occasionally a Grab-a-Seat return). So a return From NZ could be cheaper than two one ways, unless the flight ex-Australia is on sale (and vv). Taxes ex-Australia are a significant contributor to the price.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 5:22 pm
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Depends on the destination. All domestic NZ, Trans Tasman and Pacific Island fares are now quoted as one way fares (and have been for some time now), and I think some other destinations too.

What flights are you looking at?
I was actually checking Asian and North American routes, and they all seem to be sold as one ways, that can be combined into returns. I'm trying to create a East Coast NA route with interesting stopovers (ie. HNL) while avoiding AC as much as I can. The good thing about these one ways is that I can combine virtually any flights I want, BUT I have almost no room to find savings, which I have done before with European return tickets on Asian carriers. I might have to buy an EF subscription again to see what sort of stopovers I can build into the itinerary, since domestic US/Canada does not look cheap. Now that I look at it, NZ domestic flights are really quite cheap which I have always taken granted for.

Does anyone have recommendations for adding NA sectors? Like Chicago-New York, I haven't got any hard plans just trying to figure out what I can do without having to buy a bunch of domestic one ways.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 7:54 pm
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..Does anyone have recommendations for adding NA sectors? Like Chicago-New York, I haven't got any hard plans just trying to figure out what I can do without having to buy a bunch of domestic one ways.
Air NZ does not fly ORD-NYC. So that would be on UA. And many complicate things/increase the cost.
Fares in/from this part of the world are simple. Few restrictions/conditions. Therefore almost no room to find savings over the headline fare for a route
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Old Dec 27, 19, 1:41 am
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I recently purchased AKL-LHR and that was priced one way rather than as a return - so just bought the one way and will buy the other later
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Old Dec 27, 19, 3:35 pm
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I've found cheaper return fares AKL-NAN booking as two one-way journeys rather than a return on the .co.nz site... The Fiji site had cheaper fares one-way back to AKL. Pays to check
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Old Dec 27, 19, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by znsm View Post
I've found cheaper return fares AKL-NAN booking as two one-way journeys rather than a return on the .co.nz site... The Fiji site had cheaper fares one-way back to AKL. Pays to check
Same for Trans-Tasman.
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