How to Get Cheap Airfares for Niue
For many of us, expensive airfares are what stand between us and the island getaway of our dreams. Let’s be honest, you’d rather save that extra money for a scuba dive or at least an extra cocktail than give it to the airline! With that in mind, we’ll show you how to shave the cents off airfares and teach you how to book a cheap flight to Niue!
Not sure how to get to Niue? Maybe you should start with our guide, Getting Here: How to Get to Niue.
10 Ways to Save Money on Your Flight to Niue
Across the web, you’ll find tons of nifty tricks and hacks to save money on airfares for just about anywhere in the world. While the advice we give in the sections below is more concrete for saving money on a flight to Niue, here are some other quick tips that are worth trying:
- Use private browsing to stop airfares from increasing as you browse
- Fly between February and April for low-season deals
- Fly out on a Wednesday and return on a Tuesday
- Look for deals on cheapflights.co.nz and grabaseat.co.nz
- Don’t upgrade to “The Works” fare type
- Purchase a mix of “Seat” and “Seat + Bag” fares
- If flying to Niue from outside of New Zealand, consider using two different airlines to see if cheaper prices are available (you don’t have to fly with Air New Zealand the whole way)
- Again, if flying from outside of New Zealand, find and compare flight routes to Niue through comparison websites
- Check the price of connecting flights when booked separately compared to within the same booking
- Be aware of extra fees while you are booking, such as seat selection and meals.
For more details on each point, as well as much more tips, see the 10 Tips for Saving Money on a Flight to Niue.
The Cheapest Time of the Year to Fly to Niue
The best months for cheap Niue airfares: February to April.
With only Air New Zealand offering direct flights to Niue, choosing the best time to book a cheaper flight to Niue is when there is a lower demand for flights. This typically occurs in the Pacific Islands’ low season but not including the Christmas and New Year holiday period. In order to entice more travellers to the South Pacific Islands, therefore filling up more spaces on the plane, Air New Zealand often does “Island Sales” between February and April.
Travel agents are also able to offer cheaper flights during the period between February and April. However, this usually tends to be only a few dollars cheaper than the standard price.
Flight sales are not the only reason you might want to hold off your trip to Niue for the low season. Some accommodations, like the island’s one resort, also offer cheaper deals during this time. Find out more in the 10 Reasons to Travel in the Low Season in Niue.
The Cheapest Day to Fly to Niue
The best day to fly to Niue for cheap airfares: Wednesday
The best day to fly out of Niue for cheap airfares: Tuesday
Want to save between NZ$20 and $140 on your return flight to Niue? Fly to Niue on a Wednesday flight from Auckland and return from Niue on a Tuesday flight.
Flights to and from Niue only operate on a Tuesday (Niue time)/Wednesday (NZ time) and on a Friday (Niue time)/Saturday (NZ time)*. There is a price difference between the Tuesday/Wednesday flights and the Friday/Saturday flights, typically saving you about NZ$10 on each flight if you choose the Tuesday/Wednesday flights.
*Note that Niue and New Zealand have a full 24-hour time difference.
This coincides with a study by Google Flights using flight metadata for a five-year period that showed flights that depart on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday are on average 12% cheaper to book than over a weekend flight. That’s something to bear in mind for all flights; not just flights to Niue.
Grab a Seat Deals for Niue
Air New Zealand’s deal website, grabaseat.co.nz, often promotes deals for the outgoing Tuesday/Wednesday flight to Niue. Savings here are typically around NZ$140, so it’s well worth looking into.
The Cheapest Time to Book Flights to Niue
The best time to book short-haul flights to Niue: 2-3 months before departure
The best time to book long-haul flights to Niue: Between 50 and 179 days before departure.
According to our own research, it’s very rare to get a good last-minute deal for flights to Niue. Airfares tend to increase the closer to departure you book your flight, especially when booking within a month of your departure date.
For short-haul flights, i.e. those from New Zealand, airfares tend to stabilise (i.e. not be at their highest) up to around two to three months before departure.
For long-haul flights, for example, coming from the US or Asia with a stopover in New Zealand, Google Flight’s study found that prices tended to be lower anywhere between 50 and 179 days before departure with 129 days out being when you can find the best deals.
Speaking of stopovers, the study also found that flights with stopovers averaged 20% cheaper than direct flights.
The Cheapest Places to Book Flights to Niue
The best websites for cheap airfares in Niue: airnewzealand.co.nz, grabaseat.co.nz and cheapflights.co.nz.
Now that you know what time of year to search for cheap flights to Niue, what day of the week, and how far in advance to book, you can now start finding the cheapest deals with Air New Zealand or comparing the cheapest flights on flight comparison websites if you are coming from elsewhere than New Zealand.
Finding the Cheapest Direct Flights to Niue
For the direct Auckland – Niue return flights, it’s worth looking for the latest flight deals on Air New Zealand’s various websites, such as grabaseat.co.nz and cheapflights.co.nz. If you have no luck there, then head to airnewzealand.com for their standard airfares and the occasional deal.
Finding the Cheapest Flights with Stopovers to Niue
Flight comparison websites are a good place to start when searching for cheap flights to Niue if you’re coming from somewhere other than New Zealand. They give you an idea of the possible routes to take from your departure airport, as well as prices.
Once you have found the desired route with the cheapest airlines used, we recommend going directly to the airline to see if they can beat the price of the comparison website. You’ll usually find that they are happy to beat or match the price in order to save on the commission they would have to pay to the flight comparison website.
Top Tip: Use Private Browsing
If you notice prices increasing while using private browsing, open a new private browsing window and start the booking process again.
The Cheapest Fare Type for Niue
The final place where you can save money on airfares is by choosing the cheapest fare type possible. Air New Zealand flights to Niue have four fare types: Seat, Seat + Bag, The Works and The Works Deluxe.
What Do the Air New Zealand Fare Types Include?
The fares types below are listed from the cheapest to the most expensive. In short, the Air New Zealand fare types include:
- Seat: Your seat and up to 7 kg (15 lbs) carry-on baggage including a personal item (e.g. handbag, small laptop bag, camera bag, etc.)
- Seat + Bag: Your seat, carry-on baggage (as above) and one piece of checked baggage up to 23 kg (50 lbs)
- The Works: Seat, carry-on and one piece of checked baggage (as above), all-access to the inflight entertainment and a meal
- The Works Deluxe: Your choice of a seat with no neighbours, two pieces of checked luggage, all-access to the inflight entertainment and a meal.
Note that all fare types have access to the inflight entertainment systems, just the Seat and Seat + Bag options will have fewer movies to choose from.
How to Save Money Using Your Fare Type
First of all, considering The Works fare types are approximately NZ$100 more for a few more movies to watch and an airline meal, upgrading to these fare types provides little value for money. Remember, the flight is only 3 hrs 30 mins long. We recommend bringing your own entertainment, in case the movie choice isn’t to your liking, as well as either eating before the flight or picking up a few snacks at the airport once you’ve gone through airport security.
Second, if you’re travelling as a group or a couple, share checked-in baggage so you can purchase fewer Seat + Bag fares, while the other people in the group can travel on a Seat fare. Remember, the Seat fare still includes carry-on baggage of up to 7 kg (15 lbs), as well as a handbag/camera/laptop bag.
Learn more about the Air New Zealand fares in Which Airlines Fly to Niue?
More About How to Book a Cheap Flight to Niue
Now that you know some ways to get a cheap flight to Niue, get more budget tips and advice on flying to Niue from our guides:
- Which Airport to Fly to in Niue
- How Long Does it Take to Fly to Niue?
- Niue Travel Budget: How Much Does a Trip to Niue Cost?
Finally, you might also be interested in Everything You Need to Know About Arriving in Niue.