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New Zealand and Australia direct from $619 round trip

As reported by View from the Wing, there are some excellent airfares today from the west coast to New Zealand and Australia, with direct flights starting at $619. Direct from Los Angeles to Auckland is pricing the best, at $619 round trip on Qantas or $629 on United: United flights credited to Singapore KrisFlyer should earn 1 KrisFlyer mile per mile flown — meaning that this round trip to Auckland for $629 would also earn…

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The Hunt for Virgin Duckies

Virgin Limited Edition Duck Necker Island

Last year I spent 1.2 million Virgin Atlantic miles for an all-inclusive week for two on Richard Branson’s Necker Island.  The trip far exceeded my expectations (see: Is Necker Island really worth 1.2 million miles?).  At the end of the trip we walked away with new friends from around the world, incredible memories, and a bit of swag: straw hats, flip-flops, a fish shaped Swiss corkscrew army knife, and a Necker Island rubber ducky. Necker…

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