Air New Zealand Says They’ll Honor Sub-$1500 Business Class Roundtrips to Australia

This week’s amazing Cathay Pacific business and first class fare deal is being honored. Following right on after that Air New Zealand offered business class between Chicago and Sydney for under $1500 roundtrip.

While some late bookers seem to have had their tickets cancelled, and some people who booked via American Express travel as well, Will Run for Miles reached out to Air New Zealand who indicated that they planned to honor the fare.

@Mari_Ch3 reached out to Air New Zealand on Twitter to confirm, and shared this screen shot:

So if you booked this and your ticket is still intact it appears the deal will be honored. Congratulations!

Did you get in on this one?

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  1. Oh please! Is every airline jumping on the bandwagon with ‘mistake’ fares? This ANZ fare is nothing out of the box at all. Bit of a yawn actually….

  2. While it certainly is a great deal, I don’t see how charging $1,500 a ticket can be classified as a mistake fare under any reasonable definition. $15? Obviously no one intends to sell transpacific travel for less than a Chick-Fil-A meal. $150? Very possibly a mistake.

    But $1,500 is quite a bit of money objectively and I just don’t think it’s reasonable to say that it was a mistake and attempt to hide behind the fare as some sort of error that they are “honoring” out of goodwill. They sold a ticket for over a thousand dollars, that’s just delivering a service.

  3. The fare’s description in the GDS was “WEEKEND BUSINESS CLASS PROMOTIONAL FARES” so I don’t really see how a $1500 fare can be called a mistake.

    The real question is when and why are people reaching out to the airline about this? Even if these were done after the deal died, to the casual person this looks like its something you’re supposed to do, when we know that’s the opposite.

    Gary – would like to see you update this post to clarify and urge readers not to contact the airline until well after the deal is dead and its absolutely essential.

  4. Oh wow that’s so amazing, they’re really honoring something that was like a 12% discount?




    Next up, incredible 2,000 USD fares EWR-FRA in PE.

  5. arguably the best week ever for discount biz fares. They have been coming thick and fast, long may it continue 🙂

  6. @William Y regular C fares to NZ and Aus are much, much higher than $1500. I’d argue it’s the most consistently expensive market in the world. This was more of a 65% discount.

  7. I got in. Wife and I have wanted to go to Australia but not in Coach. This was only 30-40% more than a Econ fare would have cost and much, MUCH more luxurious.
    I actually am flying UA metal on the outbound (ORD->LAX->SYD) and NZ metal on the inbound. I think I get the best of both worlds by being able to experience UA’s Polaris lounges at BOTH ORD and the brand new one opening up this week in LAX, and also experiencing NZ’s very highly rated business class hard and soft product.

  8. I did get this deal, but want to change return fligt to get more days down under. I’m willing to pay the change fee, but I’m assuming I’ll also have to pay difference in fares, which would be really big ..

  9. These “mistake” fares crowd out some of the upgraders, the points-gamer gang and the non-rev hangers on. $1,500 a seat is always better than zero for the airline when the front of the boat would otherwise be void of premium fare paying passengers. Smart.

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