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Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
 
Camino(s) past & future
2018 Camino Portugues (Valença to Santiago)
2019 (planned) Santiago- Finisterre-Muxia
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
Given the cost and the distance, I hope you are taking the “long” route!
 

celinehenriette

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Zwolle - Rome 2013
Jacobsweg Austria 2018
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Portugues 2018
Finisterre 2018
And here I am trying to find tickets to get myself to New Zealand from Europe around that same time. Isn't there a way yet that we can just change places? Or orb? Maybe I have seen too many movies...
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
It might be too early to book. I've read that the best time to purchase flights is 4-6 months out.
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
Or pack your rucksack and live in the airport until there is a last minute cancelled seat going cheap?

Mind you, airport food costs would probably bankrupt you in a few days anyway!

What plans have you for your next camino?

Good luck and Buen Camino!

Davey
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
With the complicated pricing systems these days who knows what prices will be in a few weeks or months time? Anyone's guess! I was interested in your question and looked up return flights from Auckland to Madrid leaving mid-November and returning mid-January on Kayak. Some reasonable fares showing up with Etihad though not very fast or direct. Starting about £739 / NZD1413.
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Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
If you can go to Bangkok first, here are some possibilites, prices in GBP: Lowest date/prices in red. Explore alternatives: Norwegian is cheap and reliable.

https://www.norwegian.com/uk/booking/flight-tickets/farecalendar/?A_City=MAD&AdultCount=1&ChildCount=0&CurrencyCode=GBP&D_City=BKK&D_Day=14&D_Month=201904&D_SelectedDay=14&IncludeTransit=true&InfantCount=0&R_Day=29&R_Month=201905&R_SelectedDay=29&TripType=2&mode=ab#/?origin=BKK&destination=MAD&outbound=2019-04&inbound=2019-05&adults=1&currency=GBP
 

Geodoc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
momondo.com is pretty good for finding inexpensive fares, but I also second alexwalker on Norwegian Air (that's what I'll be taking this summer)
 

Geodoc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (crossed Pyrenees then Sarria to SdC) 2018, Frances & Ingles Summer, 2019.
oops. Momando.com.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
With the complicated pricing systems these days who knows what prices will be in a few weeks or months time? Anyone's guess! I was interested in your question and looked up return flights from Auckland to Madrid leaving mid-November and returning mid-January on Kayak. Some reasonable fares showing up with Etihad though not very fast or direct. Starting about £739 / NZD1413.
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My problem is needing to leave very late November at the earliest and coming back as early as possible in January! There was one 50 hour option at a semi-reasonable price but I'm not sure any camino is worth that!


If only Air Asia still served NZ! Those Norwegian prices are fabulous (although it still makes for a long flight). I'll keep an eye out for deals to Bangkok.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
LOVE Norwegian! Great planes and prices, as long as you can do without the extras that they charge you for (assigned seats, meals, checked bags, etc).
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
My problem is needing to leave very late November at the earliest and coming back as early as possible in January! There was one 50 hour option at a semi-reasonable price but I'm not sure any camino is worth that!
The run-up to Christmas and immediately after New Year. Probably not the best time for bargains. This one from Korean Air any use for you?

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Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
@Bradypus I understand it’s a first world problem, but 43 hours is a very long travel time! Especially when they manage 25 going the other way. But I’ll look at it - if it’s a daytime layover, then maybe I get to see some of Seoul!
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
@Bradypus I understand it’s a first world problem, but 43 hours is a very long travel time! Especially when they manage 25 going the other way. But I’ll look at it - if it’s a daytime layover, then maybe I get to see some of Seoul!
I understand the problem :) It so happens that I am heading the opposite direction in May: from the UK to Japan and then on to Australia before returning home. Flying with Emirates and so changing planes in Dubai both directions. I had the choice of a 2-hour connection on the outward journey or one of 20 hours. As I have never visited the place I chose to have a long stopover that would effectively give me a full day in Dubai. Perhaps Korean Air could offer you a worthwhile stopover at reasonable cost? It may be worth searching for flights using the "multi-city" options of a search engine like Kayak rather than the default simple "return" between two points. When I booked my Australia journey a simple return flight London to Sydney or Brisbane was costing about £650. After some playing around with Kayak I eventually settled for a multi-city fare which gives me a full day in Dubai, three weeks in Japan, a flight from Tokyo to Sydney and another back home from Adelaide for £730. Worth the extra £80 I thought!
 

omar504

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
You're leaving in the high season for christmas
 
Camino(s) past & future
St Jean to Santiago (2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)
Aosta to Rome - Via Francigena (2018)
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
I am in awe of you folks from down under who are all over the Camino, in spite of the grueling number of flight hours and the exorbitant costs to get there. I will stop fussing about my own flights/costs by thinking of you folks always.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
I am in awe of you folks from down under who are all over the Camino, in spite of the grueling number of flight hours and the exorbitant costs to get there. I will stop fussing about my own flights/costs by thinking of you folks always.
It's worth the money to fly down there for a visit too; at least once in every couple of decades. ;)
 

FourSeasons

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
I've used the "Hopper" app. You enter in your dates and destination points. Then the app will alert you to prices and advice if now is a good time to buy or to wait as they expect prices to drop.

Good Luck and Buen Camino :)👣
 

gittiharre

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Austria Czech Le Puy Geneva RLS V. Jacobi V. Regia V. Baltica/Scandinavica Porto Muxia
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
Oh no! When did this happen?
 

Charlotte Helbig

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés Sept. 2017
Camino Portugués May-June 2019
Try the Jetradar app. Keep checking the fares over the coming months...you might end up with something more reasonable. I used it when my daughter and I went to Europe last summer...it saved us about $500/person.
 

Trude

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francais 2013 Finnestere, Muxia 2013, 2017
Norte 2014, Francais, 2015, 2016, VDLP 2017
Just wait a sale will come along....
 

Alan Pearce

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones 2008, del Norte 2009, VdlP 2011, Ingles 2014, Camino de Madri 2015, Frances 2017
@Bradypus I understand it’s a first world problem, but 43 hours is a very long travel time! Especially when they manage 25 going the other way. But I’ll look at it - if it’s a daytime layover, then maybe I get to see some of Seoul!
I always fly Korean Air to Spain, leaving from Stdney. There is a 19 hour stopover in Seoul, and as part of the cost of the ticket, they include a room in a 5 star hotel, plus 2 meal vouchers for use in the restaurant, with free transport from the airport to the hotel and back. As some one who cannot sleep on aeroplanes the room is a wonderful bonus, and I usually get in at least 6 hours uninterupted sleep.

After this years flight [ leaving April 23rd for 2 months in Spain ] I will have enough points to upgrade to business class for next years flights - landing in Paris and flying home out of Madrid!

Alan

Be brave. Life is joyous.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Caminos Frances (x4), Finisterre, Aragon, Via de la Plata, Portuguese 2011 -2015. Hospitalero 2015
As someone else has noted, you are trying to book too early. I have just looked at www.google.com/flights. They have prices Auckland to Madrid return in May and June for $1300 to $1500. Look at the price graph for May and June. They do not have prices for Dec and Jan yet
 

makingtrax

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
El norte2010
Portuguese 2014
Primativo 2016
Frances sept 2017!
I use trip.com and always find a bargin. They are a Chinese site but I've used them For 3 trips and no problems. I'm flying Auckland to London April 30 return Aug 30 and only nz1300. Return. Bought tickets Xmas morning.
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
In the US I subscribe to something called Scott's Cheap Flights. Every day I get alerts about cheap flights to various locations, but the only problem is that the sale only lasts a short time and usually the limitations are not when I can travel or where I want to go. I have a friends whose family has used this method for several trips though. Wondering if you have something similar in NZ. Many times the fares are great and on major carriers. I saw several to Spain this spring, but had already bought my tickets.
 

J Willhaus

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
24 May- 14 July (2016)CF
Hospitalera, Zamora Dec 15-31, (2017), Hospitalera Grañón Dec 15-31 (2018)
Also just want to say that Christmas is an awesome time to go to Spain, but you must think and plan ahead since there are many closures in albergues during the holiday season. Phil and I loved being in Spain at Granon as hospitaleros during the last half of December and we enjoyed celebrating the Kings festival in Burgos before we left the country, too.
 

Nanc

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (Sept 2016)
SDC/ Finesterre/ Muxia (2016)
As said you can sign up for price alerts through several sites
You probably know to look at different days of the week for the start as the prices can changes dramatically
Look at a different week
If related to any holidays or school stops the prices can vary
Look st travel to a different area first
I travelled to Canada from the US and left from there as a cheaper flight by hundreds to enter Spain
I too have followed watching the prices that are supposed to be better 2 or 4 months out
Doesn’t always pan out
 

Richard Ray

Not What He Once Was
Camino(s) past & future
September-October (2016), May-June (2019)
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
My advice is to sign up for alerts from Scott’s Cheap Flights. I can’t believe the deals they find. It isn’t for everyone, because the booking windows are typically very short. There is a free version that gives you about 1/3 of the deals and a modestly priced version that gives you all the deals. Good luck.
 

Scott Fraser

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018
Le Puy - SJPdP 2019
Be careful in the search for the cheapest possible airfares. In January, my daughter booked and paid for her family’s air travel to the Camino on WOW, a very low cost airline based in Iceland. A day or so ago WOW abruptly ceased operations declaring bankruptcy. Her credit card company is trying to get the money back, but there are no guarantees they will succeed.

Book early with El Cheapo Airline and you may find there’s no plane at the gate when you show up to start your pilgrimage.

Maybe the lesson here is to walk to Santiago from home. But that’s hard for those who live across oceans.
 

sjdaotearoa

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo (2018)
Doing the Primitivo last year I spoke to a few people that had got £50 flights from London to Spanish cities - 2 hr flights. Have you thought about flying to London then hopping to Spain?
 

MichelleElynHogan

Veteran Member
There is a fellow named Montgomery Scott, you need to get to know him, about 300 years from now. Get in with him and he will be able to beam you wherever you want, pretty much instantaneously. Till then, do not book with WOW Airlines. They went bankrupt this week.
 

mary_mh

Buen Camino
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept (2019)
Worth looking into flights to and from London or Paris, which from Sydney at least are much cheaper than flights to Spain. Probably more fare options too. From those cities it’s easy and comparatively cheap to get to your starting point by train and you can book trains 3 months ahead to get best fares. Search around for the cheapest entry point into Europe from NZ. Sounds like shortest flight time will be the most expensive or you’ll need to have a long travel time to get cheaper fares. From my experience, fares at that time of year don’t get cheaper as it’s peak season.
 

Thornley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
Worth looking into flights to and from London or Paris, which from Sydney at least are much cheaper than flights to Spain. Probably more fare options too.
Mary we use Scoot to Singapore , then anywhere you wish in Spain on Emirates or Qatar
 

Thornley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I tried mid Nov , home mid Dec got the following ;
Sydney to S/Pore $500 return with Scoot.
S/Pore to Madrid return anywhere between $850 [ Swiss ] to $900 [ A F , Emirates etc ]
Good luck , lay off buying a coffee and all's square.
 
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Ellann

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Camino 2016
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
I have been monitoring prices in October for the last few years. Because I am not sure when I will walk the Camino, I chose to research and put my plans in place. I am now watching prices for September/October as well as May. I am not sure where you want to fly to, but I also know flights from Sydney, Australia to Porto are more expensive than flying to Lisbon and catching local flight or going by train. Enjoy the planning.
 

snowwhite1962

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2017
Planning - Camino Portuguese Sept/Oct 2019
I am now watching prices for September/October as well as May. I am not sure where you want to fly to, but I also know flights from Sydney, Australia to Porto are more expensive than flying to Lisbon and catching local flight or going by train.
I booked flights a couple of weeks ago on Emirates for just under 1600AUD from Adelaide to Lisbon in Sept. I was in two minds about handing out for cheaper flights but really, how much cheaper would they get and if I waited, how much more would I have to pay? Chances are I'll probably only save a maximum of $200 but I might also have to pay that much again. I'm going to spend 5 nights in Lisbon, then take the train to Porto (should be under 50AUD) and walk from there.
Be wary of booking using online travel agents as opposed to directly booking through the airlines. I have friends who booked flights only for the agent to go broke and they lost everything. Sometimes chasing the cheapest price ends up costing much more.

I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer
Hi Kiwi family- I'm just over the pond and down the dirt track a little in Adelaide so feel your pain about prices to Europe at Christmas. While we always think European winter is low season Christmas is very much high season, you've got everyone heading over to Europe for the Christmas markets and it's also our school holidays so prices are higher. Just one of those not so enjoyable problems of being on the other side of the world. :mad:

Good luck everyone and buen camino.
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
Worth looking into flights to and from London or Paris, which from Sydney at least are much cheaper than flights to Spain. Probably more fare options too. From those cities it’s easy and comparatively cheap to get to your starting point by train and you can book trains 3 months ahead to get best fares. Search around for the cheapest entry point into Europe from NZ. Sounds like shortest flight time will be the most expensive or you’ll need to have a long travel time to get cheaper fares. From my experience, fares at that time of year don’t get cheaper as it’s peak season.
I agree with Mary. My friend and I are booked on 15th September ex-Sydney hubbing through Dubai to Paris then train to Bayonne - two nights there to acclimatise and then train to SJPdP. As this is our first Camino we have paid a bit extra to get the shortest flight time and connection. My husband and I travelled to the UK in late December last year and there were no really cheap flights unless you wanted to do an ultra-marathon journey and my husband (ex-RAF pilot) will not travel on some of the airlines.
 

Rootie

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sep 2018
A Canadian who is also in awe of you "folks from down under"...we generally have good overnights flights to Europe but exorbitant time to return...I respect your flights/costs to get to do a thing that makes you feel alive.
 

GaryAus

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF December 2017
Always a trade off between price and flying time. Every hour counts when doing long haul Australia/NZ and Europe. When you add in time for transit in Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai etc, getting to/from airport, 25 hour flying time can turn into 35 hours plus. And much longer if you accept a big wait time somewhere in the middle. I am always absolutely shattered when I get off at the other end regardless of who I fly with, where I transit through, or where in Europe I land. It’s a long way, and the older I get the longer it seems to feel.....
 

Terry Callery

Chi Walker
Camino(s) past & future
"Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment" Amazon/Kindle books authored
"Slow Camino"
My tip from, JKK New York to Madrid was just $400 on Iberia. The Camino is the cheapest adventure
you will ever take/ Book on a Tuesday flight/ About 8 weeks in advance to get cheapest raters.
Business travelers do not travel mid week/ Book with AAA Travel and get flight insurance/
Since you are waling and not renting a car the Camino is the least expansive adventure you Will ever take/
 

Debora

Beautiful Burgos
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Santiago May (2016)
Try this:
NZ to Dublin. I just looked up flights in Nov and one example: Emirates $1184 in 27.5 hours R/T. Then take RyanAir to Biarritz Airport (about $75). Then use https://www.expressbourricot.com taxi service (about $20 each) which will drive you to St. Jean Pied de Port about 45 min. away. There are flights out of Santiago airport back to Dublin on Iberia for about $100. Buen Camino!!
 

RachelNZ

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2017
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
Yes I agree with you! From nz it’s so expensive to get there before you have even set foot on Spanish soil. At least it balances out as Spain is so cheap to eat and stay (as a pilgrim) this is the only way I can justify my trips to my long suffering husband haha!!
I’m looking at doing the Frances again in 2020, but in April this year I will be experiencing the portuguese Camino :)
 

Jools

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo Juky 2015
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
unfortunately you are looking to travel during peak season (school holidays) the rational of weather has no bearing on flight costs as they are purely based on the yeild of the route and school holidays are always peak time (regardless of if you are traveling to a winter destination) I am a travel consultant and this is something the internet wont advise you - peak season tickets need to be booked 11 months in advance to get the lowest fare (and even then they are not particuarly cheap), airlines NEVER have sales during this time as they dont need to, You cant compare the cost from 10 years ago as flight prices havent dropped, fuel charges and demand keep them high and as the world now has 7 1/2 billion people it is much easier to fill a plane. my advice if you want to travel at this time is to book ASAP, waiting will only see the price increase as the lower fares get booked up. Or otherwise book in the low season
 

zzotte

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2012 Camino Frances, 2014 Lourdes to SDC, 2016 Camino del Norte
From airline tickets to food, lodging and incidentals it will set you back 5 to 6k and that’s because you are walking to the destination LOL

Zzotte
 

Aralim

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First time July 2016
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
Have you looked at flights via southern China airlines... I have traveled twice this route to Auckland from Netherlands. The transThen a cheap airline flight to Biarritz. Where are you starting? A winter Camino????
 

Vicki Brian Miller

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances
Try this:
NZ to Dublin. I just looked up flights in Nov and one example: Emirates $1184 in 27.5 hours R/T. Then take RyanAir to Biarritz Airport (about $75). Then use https://www.expressbourricot.com taxi service (about $20 each) which will drive you to St. Jean Pied de Port about 45 min. away. There are flights out of Santiago airport back to Dublin on Iberia for about $100. Buen Camino!!
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
We have flown Cathay Pacific and found them pretty reasonable. Via Singapore. We live in Australia. At the time we went, we were on the last flight with AirAsia 👍 Train to Biarritz, like someone else suggested and then the express bourricot. We didn’t do this, we came from Barcelona, but have used the express bourricot and found that cheap, from Pamplona. More people you have in the car the cheaper. Good luck and buen camino
 

Madge464

Madge464
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept.(2018)
I just started looking at flights for November/January expecting the prices to be lower than summer (let's face it, who wants to leave sunny NZ to go to Europe in winter except maybe for a magical Christmas?)....and the costs are astronomical - well, maybe not THAT bad, but certainly as high as for travelling ten years ago before the big tumbles happened. My last trip was the fastest by ten hours (only 27 hrs) and only cost NZ$1400. The cheapest at the moment is just under NZ$2,000 and takes the standard 36 hours.
I'll just have to make walking plans and watch for a flight special - then at least I know I'll be ready if one comes along!
I am a total researcher and it was by accident that I found such cheap airfare to the Camino starting point of SJPDP. I ended up booking the longest leg with Norwegian Air from NY. I live on the west coast. The airfare was so reasonable that I knew I could really look around and find a bargain airfare to Ny from Oregon. The airline is definitely no frills but I wanted to save money and knew that walking the whole Camino was our end game. We flew from NY to London. We then took a small airline from there to Biaritz, and a train to Saint Jean. I worked backwards from St. Jean as to what trains went there and then airlines that flew into that town. The times worked. It takes a lot of searches, but it was worth it. Good luck!
 

Theskygeek

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2019)
G'day Kiwi-Family,
The best thing to do is set up alerts on airline apps or subscribe to their email blasts. That way you should be notified of any specials. I say should because it always pays to periodically check their website.
Originally it was going to cost me $5,000+ return (from regional Australia) just for me but by keeping an eye on the airlines we purchased tickets for my wife and I for $3,600 including a week in Singapore on the way over and a day in Dubai on the way back. Also try a multi stop (round the world) ticket.
All the very best in finding good prices.
From across the ditch.
Blue skies
 

mary_mh

Buen Camino
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept (2019)
I agree with Mary. My friend and I are booked on 15th September ex-Sydney hubbing through Dubai to Paris then train to Bayonne - two nights there to acclimatise and then train to SJPdP. As this is our first Camino we have paid a bit extra to get the shortest flight time and connection. My husband and I travelled to the UK in late December last year and there were no really cheap flights unless you wanted to do an ultra-marathon journey and my husband (ex-RAF pilot) will not travel on some of the airlines.
Hi Hilary, I’m starting my Camino from Paris in September and will be in SJPP on 5th. I’m planning an average of 20k a day, so might see you along the way if you’re moving faster than me. It’s getting closer now 😊
 

Hilarious

Hilarious
Camino(s) past & future
Planning stage Camino Frances from SJPdP (Sept. 2019)
Hi Hilary, I’m starting my Camino from Paris in September and will be in SJPP on 5th. I’m planning an average of 20k a day, so might see you along the way if you’re moving faster than me. It’s getting closer now 😊
Hi Mary. Very exciting! We won’t be in SJPdP till 18th September. I doubt we will be moving faster. It will be great to know we are walking in your footsteps and those of all the pilgrims that have gone before. You will be in our thoughts!
 

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