SACRE BLEU!

Sum­mer in Paris for less than $1000

Weekend Herald - - Front Page - Grant Bradley

Re­turn flights to Paris are on sale this week­end for $999 and Hawaii econ­omy flights have dropped to be­low $600.

Bali, an­other pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion where com­pe­ti­tion is about to heat up, has re­turn econ­omy flights for $699 at the House of Travel sales event.

The agent says there is “good avail­abil­ity” of seats to Europe, in­clud­ing re­turn to Rome from Auck­land for $989 and Lon­don — where taxes and levies are no­to­ri­ously high — for $1099 all up.

All of the Europe flights are on full ser­vice car­rier China South­ern Air­lines through its Guangzhou hub.

There are pro­mo­tional deals to most other re­gions of the world and are mainly avail­able from July through to the end of De­cem­ber. Black­out pe­ri­ods ap­ply. Paris flights are for travel dur­ing se­lected dates in June-July and Oc­to­ber-De­cem­ber 2018.

The sale comes as global air­line chiefs warn of higher un­der­ly­ing fares in the com­ing year with some al­ready putting up some base prices.

The in­dus­try is bat­tling ris­ing costs — es­pe­cially fuel — and House of Travel ad­vises trav­ellers to lock in travel early.

“I know it sounds like a sales story but the re­al­ity is the prices aren’t go­ing to be so good.” said the firm’s commercial di­rec­tor, Brent Thomas.

He said the deals were ne­go­ti­ated with air­lines, spe­cially for the Auck­land Travel Bazaar to­mor­row.

Cut-price seats are made avail­able by air­lines want­ing cer­tainty about rev­enue at set times of the year and of­ten in­volve agents hav­ing to part sub­sidise the deals. The dy­namic price en­vi­ron­ment saw fares to Hawaii drop from $679 to $589 late yes­ter­day in the lead-up to the event.

Bar­gain flights to Hawaii are with Air New Zealand and the air­line is also of­fer­ing Bali deals in com­pe­ti­tion with Malaysian Air­lines and new­comer to the route from Auck­land, Emi­rates.

Thomas said the slide in the value of the kiwi dol­lar, which pushes up the price of over­seas travel, had not af­fected book­ings, now run­ning at record highs. The cold start to win­ter had also lifted book­ings in the past week.

Since 2016, seven new air­lines and

14 new routes have be­gun oper­at­ing through the coun­try’s main gate­way, Auck­land, and Welling­ton and Christchurch have also en­joyed strong growth in in­ter­na­tional flights.

Dur­ing the past year oil prices have risen more than 50 per cent dent­ing air­line prof­its.

The In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ex­pects fares to rise around the rate of global in­fla­tion, which the IMF fore­casts to be around

3.4 per cent this year.

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All flights are ex-Auck­land, and spe­cific travel dates and con­di­tions ap­ply.

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