Earlier today, Hubby casually dropped this magazine ad in front of me.
"Isn't this nice?", he said, pointing at the fine print.
Squinting, I realize that this is an ad offering $1500-off the 2nd ticket if you buy one roundtrip economy-class ticket from San Francisco to New Zealand with Air New Zealand.
"Well, I guess, $1500 off sounds like a good deal." I said. But wait... "$1500?! How much is a ticket between SF and New Zealand??"
I thought this is for sure one of those "deals" where they give you what looks like a whopping discount, only that it's over a hugely-inflated price.
But when we looked up ticket prices on the internet, including my fav, kayak.com, that gives you prices on every day of the month (e.g. Feb 09) you're considering flying in a easy-to-read grid, this is what we found:
If you're like me and can't make out the fine print, it says that it averages about $1500 for one economy-class ticket between SF and Auckland, New Zealand!
OK, I'm shocked, for (1) it really is THAT expensive to fly to New Zealand that time of the year (you gotta pay to get that mid-winter tan, I guess), and (2) that ad is no joke, it actually is a pretty decent deal.
Hubby had tried for YEARS to persuade me to go visit that continent with him, something about the simplicity of life and beauty of nature, which I totally get. I do adore that movie Whale Rider. And Lord of the Rings. And I wanna Zorb.
But then there are so many other places we have yet to see in the world: Costa Rica- where my uncles lives; Hong Kong- where my parents lives; Cambodia- somewhere we've always wanted to see, and close to Hubby's family in Thailand; Africa- especially Botswana, which I've become fascinated with after reading this series, etc, etc... all of which (well, maybe with the exception of Botswana) would be less costly to travel to.
So, what do you say, is New Zealand worth it? (Your feeback could very well save our marriage! Ha ha! No pressure now.)