Flight review: a $400 round trip to Auckland on Air New Zealand

It was late on a chilly night, a few days after Thanksgiving last year, when the flight deal alerts started going out on Twitter — flights from almost anywhere in the U.S. to New Zealand were on sale for around $400 round trip on United.com.

Here is what I tweeted.

Considering that round trips to New Zealand typically start at around $1k, this was a superb price.

Was it an intentional Cyber Monday deal, or a mistake fare? The question remains.

Because New Zealand was at the top of my bucket list, this was the sale I’d been waiting for.

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Review: Country boy walks into his first business class flight — Aeromexico SF to Huatulco, Mexico

The business class fliers were already nestled into their seats as I started down the aisle in Mexico City, my rubber Birkenstocks squawking, sunglasses protruding from the breast pocket of my touristy, long-sleeve fishing shirt.

“Get to the back,” their wealthy faces glared as I found Row 3 and ducked in to the window seat.

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Terminal 2 in Mexico City.

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