Air New Zealand has revamped its fare options for domestic flights, with last-minute business customers most likely to benefit from the changes.
Before the new fare structure, those who booked flights late often had to buy services and add-ons they did not need.
From June 24, travellers will always be able to opt for a bare-bones “seat” option, which the airline estimates will save them up to NZD$50 on what they would pay today.
The entry-level fare will also collect Airpoint Dollars and status points, as well as the standard carry-on luggage and tea and coffee.
The next tier, Seat Bag, costs NZD$10 extra but allows passengers a piece of checked luggage.
Flexitime, which replaces the Smart Saver fares, is NZD$20 more expensive again but allows customers to change their flight to another service on the same day, free of charge.
The existing Flexiplus premium option has been beefed up, giving customers two pieces of checked luggage, seat selection and higher earn rates on Airpoints Dollars and status points.
Flexiplus costs NZD$20 more than Flexitime and is fully refundable, letting travellers change the day, time, destination or origin of their flight without paying a fee.
Air New Zealand said in a note to customers that it had introduced the new fare structure in response to feedback.
“We asked Kiwis what they wanted when travelling around the country,” it said.
“The same answers came up again and again – flexibility, affordability and choice.”