EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (Jan 19, 2009) "“ Two weeks into the new year and you're already craving a vacation? Air New Zealand has launched a week-long deal to fly from Los Angeles or San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand for just $760 roundtrip. The fare includes a Pacific Economy class seat down under and back, plus a stopover at one New Zealand domestic destination.

Travelers must book before January 26, for travel between 24 February "“ 21 September, 2009, and can choose one of 25 New Zealand cities for their free domestic stopover.

Premium Economy and Business Premier fares have also been reduced by 30 percent.

Air New Zealand VP of the Americas, Roger Poulton, is a New Zealand native, and recommends this time of year as ideal for American travelers wanting to visit his home country.

"February and March are fantastic months to visit New Zealand "“ the weather is absolutely beautiful and perfect for those wanting to replace the U.S. winter with the warmth of a New Zealand summer," said Poulton . "New Zealand really does offer something for everyone "“ whether you're a thrill-seeker, or need a relaxing getaway "“ and with the current exchange rate of nearly two-to-one, the U.S. dollar goes a lot further."

Currently, the US dollar exchanges for $1.83 New Zealand.

The airline's award-winning service guarantees travellers arrive relaxed and perfectly primed to experience New Zealand's hospitality and landscape, and Air New Zealand's inflight concierge will recommend must-sees on the ground should the spontaneous timing not allow travellers to plan.

Tickets should be booked online at www.airnewzealand.com. Tickets are non-refundable and the offer is subject to availability and may change at any time.

About Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand offers more direct flights to the South Pacific than any other airline, including non-stop flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Honolulu and Vancouver to New Zealand, as well as Los Angeles non-stop to the Cook Islands and Samoa. Other popular destinations include Australia, China, Japan and Tonga. In addition to flying non-stop Los Angeles-London, Air New Zealand's route between London and Hong Kong now allows customers to fly round-the-world on one airline. Consistently rated among the world's best international airlines, Air New Zealand's new Inflight Concierge Service provides all passengers with a range of services to every , from travel advice to assistance with onward bookings. Air New Zealand's most recent accolades include "Best Business Class to Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific" for the third straight year by Business Traveler Magazine (USA) "Best Transpacific Airline" at the 26th Airline Industry Awards, "Best Passenger Service" award by Air Transport World magazine, and "Best Business Class Red Wine" for the Martinborough Pinot Noir 2005 at the 2007 Cellars in the Sky awards. United Mileage Plus, US Airways Dividend Miles and Air Canada's Aeroplan members earn and redeem mileage on select flights. Flight and vacation essentials can be booked on AirNewZealand.com or by calling 1-800-262-1234 in the USA and 1-800-663-5494 in Canada. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance network.