Flights to Europe for $550 on sale

Airfares to Europe may be cheaper than they've ever been for Kiwis as competition in the air travel market continues to heat up.

Scoot, a Singaporean low-cost airline owned by Singapore Airlines, is offering AU$329 (NZ$348) one-way flights to Berlin or Athens from Sydney or Melbourne - Australian cities that Kiwis can often fly to for around NZ$200.

Using the sample date of February 2, 2020, Newshub cited AU$329 Scoot fares from Sydney-Berlin. On the same day, Auckland-Sydney flights that arrive in time cost NZ$201.81 from Virgin Australia and NZ$202 from Air New Zealand.

That means for a total of $550, New Zealanders could depart Auckland and land in Berlin, with all of Europe then just a train ride away.

Fly Scoot offers Kiwis travel to Europe for NZ$550.
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Flying Virgin Airlines to Australia from New Zealand.
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Fly Air New Zealand from Auckland to Sydney to get cheap Scoot airfares.
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However, Scoot's bargain basement airfares mean customers need to pay extra for luggage, food and drinks, as well as seat selection. There's even reportedly a fee to charge your phone on the Scoot planes.

All Scoot flights go through Singapore and sometimes include a lengthy layover there. With Changi Airport being consistently voted the world's best airport, however, this might not be too bad.

A report on says passengers can upgrade onboard from economy to business class for AU$150 - however, booking a business class fare to Berlin or Athens from Sydney or Melbourne would cost more than AU$1000 using the Scoot website.

The low-cost Scoot airfares are reportedly part of a sale which launched on Monday and runs through until early Saturday morning (NZ time).