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A great low cost way to get around New Zealand and Australia

  • Jan 28, 2010
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I'm planning a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and wanted to travel to quite a few cities in a short period of time, necessitating a lot of additional flights.   Virgin Blue made it easy to find the various flights and options through an intuitive and simple web interface, and offered a far cheaper alternative to both Quantas and New Zealand Air (typically up to 50% less).

The web interface lets you find options and ticket prices over an entire week at once, and page day by day to look at the various possibilities.   The charges are fairly consistent, and the schedule is predictable.

A few downsides:
1.   Pricing is given in local currency, rather than automatically converting to the appropriate currency based on your location.

2.  You can't bring on a carry on that weighs more than 15 lbs.   You have to pay $9 to check in a bag, $18 if you make the mistake of not purchasing the baggage allowance ahead of time.

3.  As far as I can tell, the frequent flyer program is open only to natives of New Zealand and Australia

I'd recommend looking at Virgin Blue for any flights in the region.

Edit 1-Feb-2010:
I'd also recommend trying JetStar for any flights in the New Zealand region.  Their coverage can be preferable to that of Virgin Blue
A great low cost way to get around New Zealand and Australia

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February 01, 2010
Great points - I used Virgin last time I was down under. It's significantly better than the domestic airlines (which seems to have been dragged from the 70s) and definitely cheaper. I heard that Virgin has practically pushed the domestics to the point of extinction down there.
January 28, 2010
I love all things Virgin/Richard Branson, so I can only assume that I'll love this, too!  Bummer about that website snafu and their charging for checked in baggage, but they otherwise sound great.  Thanks for sharing, Ari! :)
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Virgin Blue is an Australian low-cost airline, Australia's second-largest airline as well as the largest by fleet size to utilise the Virgin brand. It was founded by British businessman Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and is based in Brisbane, Australia.

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