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Thursday 13 May, 2010

Good morning

I'm not usually up and working at 5 AM, and you are correct in guessing that it would take something special to get me out of bed at this hour.

And - Wow!  Here indeed is something very special, and also very time sensitive.  A $399 round-trip airfare from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland New Zealand (add about another $85 for taxes and fees).

In the 25 years I have lived in the US and been traveling regularly back to my home country of New Zealand, I have never seen an airfare this low.

Air New Zealand is offering this fare, but only for a very limited time.  You must book your travel no later than 11.59 PM Pacific time on Friday 14 May.  Assuming that space remains (and you can be certain that the seats will be snapped up very quickly indeed), you can fly to New Zealand between 21 May - 30 May, with return travel back to the US any time between 28 May and 6 June.

Air New Zealand is a generally high quality airline offering good service and reasonably comfortable coach class seats for the 12 hour nonstop flight.  And talking about the long flight, you'll be able to add 13,000 miles into a Star Alliance frequent flier account - with a notional value of two cents per mile, you are getting $260 worth of frequent flier miles included in your $399 fare.

It is true that late May and early June is not the finest time of year to be in New Zealand.  It is probably too early for skiing, but definitely too late for sunning yourself on the beach (remember the seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere so it is going into their winter).  But you're not likely to be troubled by snow or other weather extremes, and much of the beauty of New Zealand is weather independent.  So, if you can take advantage of this short notice amazing deal, by all means head down under.

There is a multipage section on the website all about traveling to New Zealand.  That might help you in your planning.

To book this incredible fare, visit www.airnewzealand.com/hot-deal-to-new-zealand.  And, seriously, do hurry.  I've seen how quickly great value fares to Australia and New Zealand sell out before.  So I am sending this message out at the exact minute (5 AM Pacific time) that the fare is being officially announced and if you are quick, you should be able to find availability on your choice of dates.

Stay tuned for the regular newsletter tomorrow, and until then, please enjoy safe travels

David M Rowell aka The Travel Insider

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