Both China Southern and Star Alliance flagship Lufthansa are currently selling cheap premium economy flights from Paris to Auckland. Both airlines have their own advantages. While your overall trip time will be shorter with Lufthansa, you will have to change planes twice. China Southern’s flight only has one layover, but it’s a very long one, and the flight between Guangzhou and Auckland will be in economy class. If you’re collecting miles with a Star Alliance airline, then you’d probably go for Lufthansa. The last segment, between an Asian hub and Auckland, will however not be operated by Lufthansa, but instead by one of Lufthansa’s partner airlines, such as Thai or Cathay.
The China Southern flights are no longer available.
China Southern flies from Paris to Guangzhou on an Airbus A350, before continuing to Auckland on a Boeing 787-Dreamliner, where you’ll sadly be sitting in economy class. With Lufthansa, you would fly economy class from Paris to either Munich or Frankfurt and then fly on to one of the big Asian hubs, such as Hong Kong, Bangkok or Singapore, from where you’ll continue to Auckland with that hub’s main airline (e.g. Cathay for Hong Kong, Thai for Bangkok).
While the long-haul Lufthansa flight from Germany to Asia is always in premium economy, some of the partner airlines’ flights to Auckland will be in economy class. Please be careful to check the cabin class before booking!
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China Southern requires the stay to be 3 days to 12 months long. The flights are available from November 1st until December 15th, and from January 1st onwards. We found this price to actually be offered on every single day during those time periods, which is rare and outstanding. It is not stated, however, until when this price will remain.
We do not have any official information regarding the Lufthansa flights.
The easiest way to find available dates is by using Google Flights. You can then book the cheapest fare on our Travel-Dealz flight search, or book directly at the airline (e.g. lufthansa.com or global.csair.com).
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 to book with the airlines directly. There are two main reasons for that:
- Better Customer Service
In case any problems like delays, cancellations or missed connections arise, you can communicate directly with the airline. The airlines 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 receiving them directly from the airline. You may get a prime exhibition of responsibility shifting rather than problem solving.
This especially applies for 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.
China Southern’s premium economy flights between Paris and Guangzhou are issued in class S, while their economy class flights between Guangzhou and Auckland are issued in class P. This would get you the following number of miles for the roundtrip:
- 32,780 on China Southern Sky Pearl Club
- 23,300 on China Airlines Dynasty Flyer
- 23,300 on FlyingBlue
- 23,210 on Aeroflot Bonus
- 22,030 on Air Europa Club
- 20,370 on Xiamen Airlines Egret Club
- 16,250 on MEA Cedar Miles
- 11,650 on American AAdvantage
- 11,550 on Korean Air Skypass
As there are various different airline and route combinations for the Lufthansa flights, it is difficult to name a specific number of miles. We will give you one example here: Paris-Frankfurt (Y), Frankfurt-Singapore (E) with Lufthansa, Singapore-Auckland (T) with Singapore Airlines. On the way back: Auckland-Hong Kong (N) with Cathay, Hong Kong-Munich (N), Munich-Paris (Y) with Lufthansa:
- 32,210 on Air China PhoenixMiles
- 26,940 on Miles & More
- 24,210 on SAS EuroBonus
- 22,910 on Aegean Miles+Bonus
- 22,760 on EgyptAir Plus
- 21,460 on Avianca LifeMiles
- 21,460 on United MileagePlus
- 21,460 on Copa ConnectMiles
- 21,460 on Air India Flying Returns
- 20,810 on Turkish Airlines Miles&Smiles
- 19,510 on TAP Miles & Go
- 19,390 on EVA Infinity MileageLands
- 19,220 on Singapore KrisFlyer
- 19,160 on Air Canada Aeroplan
- 18,730 on Asiana Club
- 18,620 on Thai Royal Orchid Plus
- 18,210 on Ethiopian ShebaMiles
- 17,910 on South African Voyager
- 17,910 on ANA Mileage Club
- 12,690 on LATAM Pass
- 6,640 on Alaska Mileage Plan
- 6,530 on Virgin Australia Velocity
- 5,220 on Vistara Club Vistara
- 5,220 on Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- 4,580 on Finnair Plus
- 4,030 on Asia Miles
- 2,610 on Jetblue Airways
- 1,420 on British Airways Executive Club
- 1,420 on Qatar Airways Privilege Club
- 1,420 on Iberia Plus
Once you’ve decided on your preferred or available routing, you can head to wheretocredit.com to calculate the number of miles that you’d receive.
Lufthansa’s Premium Economy
In comaparison to other airlines, Lufthansa’s Premium Economy is solid, but not outstanding. The electrically reclining seats and legroom are above average. Still, cabin service and entertainment are almost the same as in LH’s meddling Economy Class product.
In cotrast to its regular Economy seats, Lufthansa offers broader and more comfortable seats in Premium Economy, switching from 3-4-3 seat alignment to 2-4-2 on its widebody aircraft. Furthermore, you are able to check two bags up to 23kg at no additional cost. While the food is identical, it’ll be served on chinaware instead of plastic.
China Southern’s Premium Economy
On the brand new Airbus A350, China Southern has installed a 2-4-2 premium economy with an adjustable leg and foot rest. The seats are brand new, made by Recaro, but we weren’t able to find many reviews online yet.
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
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 center 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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