Oman Air and Malaysia Airlines are offering cheap business class oneway fares to Auckland, New Zealand. We’ve found flights originating from Dubai and Cairo at really low fares. Prices start at €536 from Dubai and €687 from Cairo.
This deal was originally offered by Oman Air.
It is still available, but you have to purchase tickets with an online travel agency to get the quoted price.
Update 2: This deal is still available on omanair.com. While third party booking sites won’t display the fares correctly, you can still use the travel dates you found on the carrier’s website. Thanks tuareg & Martin!
If you are looking for a oneway flight to Oceania, this is a very attractive offer. However please note the following:
- Due to the Corona pandemic, there are travel restrictions almost everywhere around the world. When those will be relieved and when the crisis will end, remains uncertain. However, this deal has availabilities until March, 2021. The fare is non-flexible.
- Only oneway tickets TO Auckland are cheap. Therefore, this fare may only make sense if you plan to do an around the world trip, or if you want to move to Auckland, New Zealand.
An Oman Air Airbus A330-200 will take you from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur. The long trip to New Zealand brings you lie-flat-seats in Malaysian Airlines’ business class.
When booking this fare, you need to make sure that all segments on your tickets are issued in business class. For that, the segment from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland has to have an Oman Air flight number (f.e. WY5380). Otherwise this segment will be in economy class as shown in the following screenshots:
We would recommend making a screenshot of the booking process where all segmentds are displayed in business class.
Search & Book
Availability is pretty good in February and March 2021. At this point, any booking earlier than September 2020 seems risky in face of the Covid-19 pandemic, as travel restrictions are unlikely to be lifted worldwide.
You can book this fare with a stopover in Kuala Lumpur as well. If this is of interest, have a look at the Flyertalk thread, where this is explained in detail (as it is a bit more complicated).
Enter the dates on which the cheapest fare is available in our Flight search to find an OTA that sells these tickets. The better way is to enter the dates on omanair.com and purchase these tickets on their website to benefit from a better refund policy, amidst other things:
Why is booking with an airline better than with an online travel agency?
More often than not, online travel agencies offer lower fares than airlines do. We still recommend booking with the airlines directly. There are three main reasons for that:
- The Covid-19 Pandemic
During the worldwide outbreak of Covid-19, planning international travel got more and more risky because of ever-changing restrictions. In contrast to many online travel agencies, most airlines modified their terms & conditions to become more customer friendly. Rebooking conditions are eased, change fees are waived and cancellations are much easier when there is no third party involved.
Further, by adding an OTA to your plans, you increase the risk of one service provider involved going bankrupt. Now, the airline and the online travel agency involved could vanish along with your money.
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airline has to take care of you because you have a contract with them.
If a travel agency issues your ticket, you may have to reach out to them first. You also depend on your OTA to forward you information like flight changes instead of receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem-solving.
This especially applies to premium tickets. You don’t want to spend more than €1,000 to wind up with some budget OTA’s telephone hotline in case anything goes wrong.
- Baggage Fees
Economy fares not including hold luggage are more and more common. In most cases, travel agencies charge much higher baggage fees than the airlines themselves. If bags are not included in your fare, airlines are often the cheaper alternative.
The ticket is issued in booking class R. Miles for the Oman Air segments can only be credited to either Oman Air Sindbad or Etihad Guest at 150%. This should accrue around 9,500 miles in either program. Unfortunately, we do not know how the Malaysia Airlines segments will be credited.
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Information & Tips for Auckland
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand with a population of approximately 1.5 million and a wide range of tourist attractions and activities for visitors. The city is also an excellent starting point to explore the rest of New Zealand. Auckland is connected to Southeast Asia and Asia pretty well, even non-stop flights to the USA are available. As of now, you’ll have to switch planes at least once when flying to New Zealand from Europe. But this may change since long-range flights are hitting new limits all the time
The Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Auckland is between March and May and September and November. These are the times when you’ll find comparatively few tourists and can enjoy sunny days and moderate temperatures.
From the airport to the city
A bus to the city centre runs every 10 minutes, and the journey will take you about 40 minutes and a ticket for a one-way trip costs approx. €7.50. A taxi can cost up to €60, while Uber or Zoomy (similar to Uber) will cost between €24 and €43.
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