With the reduction in price comes reduction in perks as well. The flights cannot accrue any miles/points with Air New Zealand or its partner airlines. Also, if you like choosing your seat, plan to pay a bit more as this is not included. Standard change fees apply, but with how low these prices can go, it may be worth it just repurchasing the tickets.
The fun doesn't stop at finding cabin space for your luggage; ANZ has also begun reverse auctioning off their seats. This is where the airline has gone all The Price is Right. On Tuesdays, the website lists the time of an auction and then, real-time, drops the price every second until someone is the first to snatch it up or the reserve is reached.
Luck and timing play into this game, but we imagine some people walk away with some great deals. One of the best things about the reverse auctions is the that international flights have been thrown in. Last time we checked it out, we noticed roundtrip tickets to Osaka from Auckland on the block. Most of these itineraries are for travel during the upcoming or following weekend, so spontaneity is naturally part of the deal.
Now remember a few years ago when we told you about Air NZ's ad campaign called "Nothing to Hide," where crew stripped down to just body paint to demonstrate the airline's transparency with fares? This time around, the stripping is limited only to the prices you'll pay.