Qantas and Jetstar increase flights to New Zealand for winter

Qantas and Jetstar will operate up to 30 return flights per week from Australia to New Zealand from mid April after the New Zealand government announced quarantine free traveller for vaccinated Aussies.

This is an increase from the two return flights currently operated, and a step closer to reaching the 170 return services weekly prior to Covid.

Qantas will fly daily from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Auckland and Sydney to Christchurch with a mix of its Boeing 737s and wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft from April 13.

Jetstar will operate three weekly flights from the Gold Coast to Auckland using its Airbus A320 aircraft.

Qantas and Jetstar will further increase flights during May and June and resume flights from Australia to Queenstown and Wellington.

Connections are available on Jetstar’s New Zealand domestic network of more than 60 return flights per week to five destinations. Trans-Tasman flights also connect seamlessly with Qantas’ Australian domestic flight routes and its extensive international network.

Eligible frequent flyers heading across the Tasman will be able to enjoy pre-flight time in Qantas’ Sydney and Melbourne International First and Business lounges as well as the Brisbane International Lounge.

Qantas continues to offer a Fly Flexible booking policy with unlimited flight date changes available on trans-Tasman flights booked before 30 June for travel until 31 December 2022 (fare difference may apply).

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More seats for frequent flyers

Throughout May, every Qantas and Jetstar flight will be a Points Plane meaning Frequent Flyers can use Qantas Points to book any seat as a Classic Reward Seat. Seats on these flights can also be purchased with cash.

For the rest of the year Qantas has already increased the availability of seats that can be booked with points on Qantas’ trans-Tasman routes by up to 50 per cent.

Classic Flight Reward seats across the Tasman start from 18,000 points with Qantas and 14,400 with Jetstar plus taxes, fees and carrier charges.

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