Europe ‘Earlybird’ Airfares from $1395 return

    We now have the release of most “Europe Earlybird ” airfares for travel in 2019. We’ve sifted through the huge range of fares and here’s our summary of what’s on offer so far. The cheapest fares are usually for travel in the ‘Shoulder’ season before the peak of the European summer (July & August) and start just under $1400 return.


    China Southern Airlines have the cheapest return fare to Europe this year at just $1395 including taxes to Amsterdam, departing 1 Jan – 7 Feb & 18 Feb to 30 June 2019 flying on their ‘Dreamliner’ service from Christchurch via Guangzhou 3 timer per week, then connecting onward to Europe. It’s $1639 including taxes to London. Connections to London Heathrow are especially good outbound with only 4 hours in China, and 7hr 20mins on the way home. On Sale until 1 November 2018.

    Qatar Airlines are good value at $1694 including taxes ($1374 + taxes) to London Gatwick airport, flying Sunday-Thursdays. That includes the Jetstar flights from Christchurch to Auckland. Travel 15 Jan – 10 April & 22 April-12 June. 2019. It’s $70 extra to fly Fri/Sat and another $240 extra depart 11-21 April or 13-27 June.They also fly to 24 other European destinations! On Sale until 07 Oct 2018.

    Cathay Pacific also have a good fare to Europe this year, with an excellent fare of $1420 + taxes for travel to 14 European destinations, departing from 15-31 Jan & 11 Feb to 30 June  & 1-30 Sep 2019. On Sale until 31 Oct 2018

    Qantas have fares from $1467 + taxes from Christchurch (via Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and Singapore to London. Travel 14 Jan – 4 April and 21 Apr – 14 June 2019. On sale until 30 October 2018.

    Emirates European fares vary depending on the final destination – they have 42! Their cheapest fares in 2019 are to London for travel from 14 Jan to 4 April and 21 April to 14 June or 1-30 Sep 2019, starting at $1500 plus taxes. There’s a $30 surcharge each way for outbound travel from NZ Friday-Sat and inbound travel Fri-Sun. On sale until 30 October 2018.

    Air New Zealand‘s lowest fares start at $1400 return + taxes if you fly to Europe via Shanghai or Hong Kong, connecting onto partner airlines such as Cathay Pacific, Virgin Atlantic, KLM and Lufthansa/Swiss. Fares flying via LA or San Francisco start from $1600 return + taxes. Travel from 1 Oct – 9 Dec 2018 and 16 Jan to 19 June 2019. High season travel from 20 June to 31 August is $400 extra. On Sale until 23 October 2018

    Singapore Airlines have excellent fares from $1400 + taxes return to 15 European destinations for travel 1 Oct – 9 Dec 2018, 16 Jan to 19 June and 1-30 Sep 2019. High season travel from 20 June to 31 Aug is $600 more. On Sale until 23 October 2018.

    IMPORTANT NOTE – all fares quoted are approximate – we’ve included current fuel surcharges, but government taxes will vary according to the destination – the range is usually between $100-$380 and are additional. For example Christchurch to Paris return with Singapore Airlines (economy) only attracts $177 taxes whereas Christchurch to London with Air NZ in economy attracts $380 taxes! The UK’s departure taxes are much higher than the rest of Europe, and more if flying business or premium economy than economy, so it can be a good idea to fly INTO the UK and home from another city to save on the taxes – Paris, Rome, Frankfurt, Athens, Amsterdam etc.

    Of course, all specials are subject to availability for your dates, so please contact your favourite Discover Travel consultant for an exact price for your dates and for full terms & conditions.

    In summary, there are some great deals available but it’s more important we get the right flights for your itinerary rather than trying to make the best deal fit your requirements as ultimately the flights will only be part of the overall budget for your Europe trip. Please call us on 03 364 3400 for more details.