With the festive Chinese New Year celebrations just around the corner, most of us are eyeing the calendar down as we try our luck in getting some time off work or school for a little vacation elsewhere. Nothing spells beauty like one of our neighbouring countries, New Zealand. Spellbinding views are what The Land Of The Kiwi is good at, and is practically every adventure junkie’s haven.
AirAsia has once been known to provide flights to Christchurch, New Zealand but this journey to one of the most scenic places in Australasia was a short one, as it was no longer provided after a short period of time. It has been 3 years since, and now AirAsia is connecting Malaysians back to New Zealand, with fares that are enticing.
Yet, even with cheaper tickets and an unquenchable desire to set foot on new ground, travelling is known to be one of the experiences that one just has to lump a considerable sum of cash towards. As such, it is only a wiser way to travel to New Zealand, with the aid of ShopBack whereby you can get even lower prices on top of what you are already paying for.
1. AirAsia is not the only place you can book tickets.
Whenever we are browsing the AirAsia site, it seems only natural to search up the best deals and purchase the tickets as soon as possible, while the deal is still valid. However, this is not the only way to purchase flight tickets. One way to save up on flight ticket costs alongside accommodation costs, would be to purchase off of AirAsiaGo and Expedia, as that would be a cheaper alternative as opposed to purchasing separately from AirAsia and accommodations website such as Agoda.
Through ShopBack Malaysia, you can get up to 8% cashback when you make a purchase in the KL-Auckland route. All you have to do is sign up for an account, click on the AirAsiaGo or Expedia thumbnails, purchase the tickets and the money will be forwarded back into your account after processing.
2. Skimp on the luxury hotel experience, and head for budget stays.
Part of the travelling experience is to enjoy every inch of the journey, from flight to cab ride home. However, when one is on a budget, a youth hostel or budget guesthouse is the best bet. Agoda and Booking.com provides cheaper alternatives for the budget-savvy traveller.
You can even find a dorm bed for about RM50 a night in Auckland, and this isn’t even the cheapest price they have to offer. You can get up to RM40 cashback from every confirmed booking through ShopBack Malaysia and Agoda as well as Booking.com, and if the booking is done through a Mastercard credit card, you can get an additional RM20 cashback. The promotion is available from now until the last day of the Lunar New Year.
3. Get cheaper tour packages and find more value-for-money activities.
When travelling in a foreign country, some travelers would opt for tour packages as these would usually lead them to the more scenic tourist locations. However, the only problem with tour packages is that they tend to be on the pricey end. One way to solve this problem is by joining a Contiki tour. Contiki tours are great for those in their teens all the way up to their late 30s, who enjoy travelling New Zealand through a backpacking style.
The site provides rebates, so you can go bungee jumping or dolphin-watching without having to worry about spending too much. Taobao also offers 10% cashback for their available tour packages during your period of travel.
4. Go all out and be bold by renting your own ride.
If you are more of a sole adventurer and prefer travelling alone or with your own pack, renting a car could be a good option. This way, you can seek out all the best New Zealand sights at your own pace. All you have to do to ensure a cheaper car travel is by pre-booking through Expedia, and getting an additional 8% cashback in your ShopBack account.
5. Take your own shots and make the memories a permanent one.
No holiday seems well-rounded without the selfies and the picturesque shots of the scenery. With New Zealand’s awesome backdrops, it would be a shame not to snap a few extra pictures not just in your own memory, but with a nifty gadget too. Though Lazada, you can purchase anything from a Go Pro to a true photographer’s gadget: the DSLR, and the best part is you can get 10% cashback from your purchases. Alternatively, those awesome shots can also be printed into a photo album or canvas, with Photobook Malaysia to make your awesome trip all the more legit for friends and family alike.