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AugustBest time to beat the crowds (18% less expensive on average)

High season

JanuaryMost popular time to fly (25% more expensive on average)

Average price (return flight)

$697(avg. price over the last 2 weeks)

Good deal one-way

$274or less

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  • High season is considered to be December, January and February. The cheapest month to fly is August.

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Top airline flying Cairns to Christchurch

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews

7.9
Qantas Airways
Overall score based on 4,871 reviews
8.1
Boarding
7.7
Comfort
8.4
Crew
7.9
Entertainment
7.6
Food
Airline reviews

Pros: "A lot of food was served - much more than any flight in the USA"
Cons: "nothing"

Cons: "Qantas always gives great service"

Pros: "Service, food entertainment and catching up the lost time"

Pros: "Good entertainment, tasty food, easy boarding and disembarking"
Cons: "nil"

Cons: "The flight from Cairns to JFK that I originally purchased was supposed to be 7 hours of travel time less than what I actually ended up with. The airline changed my flights 4 times after originally booking."

Cons: "Unfortunately the flight could not be shorter. Otherwise a perfect flight, and well worth the price."

Pros: "All as expected."
Cons: "Crew could have been more pleasant."

Pros: "Good food and entertainment"
Cons: "Timely"

Cons: "They didn’t leave my food. They took it away."

Pros: "Some crew not attentive at all. Had to request a few times before service was provided. Seats comfortable enough."
Cons: "Some Crew a bit slack. And slow service"

Pros: "Lovely staff"
Cons: "Entertainment"

Cons: "No screaming children"

Pros: "Great flight. Efficient and great service."
Cons: "Seats very uncomfortable.. glad it was only a few hours."

Cons: "Appreciated ability to switch to a bulkhead seat for more legroom. Bathrooms were clean at all times despite long flight. Deplaning was easy and fast enough. Overall a good experience."

Cons: "Food. They ran out of the fruit plate and the other was inedible."

Pros: "The flight was on time, service with a smile. Staff great."

Pros: "Great crew. Friendly and responsive."
Cons: "Nothing"

Pros: "all good"
Cons: "all good"

Pros: "Almost everything."
Cons: "Flying on 8 Jan is a time when there a lot of holiday makers heading home or perhaps just going on holiday. Lots of young children and a baby crying right behind me wasn't the most relaxing but I realise that nothing can be done about that."

Cons: "Boarding is very haphazard, not according to seat numbers, no pre boarding for small babies. Flight attendant spilled juice on me, very unprofessional."

Pros: "The seats were comfy."
Cons: "I booked through Budget Air and was initially online able to confirm seats and meals for my husband and I online with Qantas easily. Months out my flight was cancelled and I was rebooked onto a later flight that would have made us miss all of our transfers to our honeymoon on Fitzroy Island. Because I had booked through 'a 3rd party' Qantas refused to assist me. I managed to convince budget air to change our flights. We were moved to a jetstar flight from Melbourne to cairns. I had to confirm that this had occurred and go through multiple people online to reallocate seats and food options for my husband and myself again. Only my luggage allowance was carried across to jetstar and neither of our meal allowances were. When it came to online check-in with jetstar I could not check my husband in online only myself. I spoke to multiple people online who all confirmed they didn't know why or there was no problem and we should just present ID and check in in person. When we got to the airport Qantas had not transferred the e-ticket code across for my husband's booking and this is why we could not check him in online. The jetstar staff had to try to get his original booking code from Qantas. As it turned out I had to original booking code through budget Air in my hand and had to assert this information to staff. Flying back we were able to check in online fine with Qantas. Our boarding passes printed different sizes but did not present a problem when we dropped off our luggage. When we sent to check in the staff member couldn't get the smaller pass to read and my husband had to assert that he also had it on his phone. Despite all of my online conversations the aisle seat was allocated to me and not my husband who required it because of a medical condition and the flight was 30min delayed. We won't be traveling with Qantas or jetstar, or booking through budget Air again."

Cons: "Flight attendant kept forgetting to turn the entertainment back on after an announcement. Flight attendant sounded unprofessional over PA Would like more snacks - savoury and sweet, instead of just savoury. Snack was not sufficient for a 3 hour flight landing at 9pm. Had to wait on plane while airbridge was brought to the plane so everyone could disembark - “they weren’t expecting the flight!!” Whole flight still waiting for luggage after 55 minutes of standing at carousel and only after 55 minutes an announcement to say handlers are tending to a departure and we have to wait another 10 minutes - a whole hour for luggage - take carry on only next time!!!! 4 flights collecting luggage from the one carousel!!"

Pros: "Crew were really good. Had lactose allergy but no meals available for me onboard. Couldn't get to a resolution as we were unsure on ingredients but crew did everything they could. Were very friendly about whole thing"
Cons: "Delay but stuff happens eh."

Cons: "In flight wifi and entertainment didnt work"

Pros: "Qantas staff unfailingly helpful and courteous."
Cons: "A more suitable lunch that could be eaten more easily , the quiche in a fidley box and nothing to w eat it on was trying."

Pros: "Great service, very attentive with my 2.5yo toddler. Also the baby change rooms in the Business Lounge were some of the best I've ever used."

Pros: "Helpful staff, well informed"

Cons: "Boarding is a gong show. Not very clear signage for premium line so there’s always a ton of people jamming up the queue"

Pros: "Friendly and easy"
Cons: "I found the seat really uncomfortable. My back was hurting well before the end of the flight."

Pros: "Everything was great - arrived early. Excellent service."

Pros: "IFE for such a short flight, headset free. Cabin crew were quite pleasant. B737-800 series (Next Gen.) is a nice plane."
Cons: "Cramped. Lunch was that revolting beef & kale pocket (again!). Highest a/f of Tiger, Virgin & QF, which is fine if it’s worth it, which it most definitely wasn’t."

Pros: "Really appreciate the food and entertainment Qantas provides on these mid-haul flights"

Pros: "Got us safely to our destination"
Cons: "Seats were far less comfortable and smaller with less legroom than our Qantas qf8 flight"

Pros: "Very fast boarding process in Sydney. Food service very efficient, with decent choices."
Cons: "Experienced a departure delay due to a mechanical problem. Missed the original connection to Charlotte in Dallas. AA was very efficient in scheduling an alternate flight, including luggage transfers. 4 hour late arrival which was OK given we started in Sydney."

Pros: "Quality & service."
Cons: "Nothing."

Pros: "One of the representatives was genuinely helpful. She made a better effort than others to help me find another flight replacement."
Cons: "Most representative/consultants were not helpful. I was given inconsistent information by different representatives."

Pros: "Crew, spacious seats and airplane."
Cons: "Plane was a bit old, like bathrooms."

Pros: "Smooth flight, good breakfast options, easy check-in, flight was on time."
Cons: "I"

Pros: "Helpful service and comfortable seats"
Cons: "Don't choose seats 9 A/B/C as there is a bulkhead and not window in this aisle (Boeing 737-800)"

Pros: "Case was off quickly"
Cons: "No choice in seating"

Pros: "In flight entertainment had a good selection"
Cons: "Delayed and missed connecting flight. As a result had to pay for a new one. Placed in the last row of economy so I could sit with my partner. Lied to by the check in counter. Disappointed by qantas yet again!"

Pros: "Nothing. The very best parts were still mediocre"
Cons: "This flight was so uncomfortable. The seats were small, hard and crammed together. Qantas should be ashamed of making people deal with that on a 13+ hour flight. They kept waking us all up and in general staff could provide little"

Pros: "Chargers in all the seats, great movies, great food."

Cons: "9 hour delay and zero assistance rearranging car rentals, hotels, EXPENSIVE transfer between airport terminals"

Pros: "Everything went smoothly, cabin crew were friendly and helpful. Food was tasty, but portion rather small."
Cons: "Didn't like that every time someone nearby used the entertainment - watched a film I think, my film changed."

Pros: "Amazing crew and staff."
Cons: "No vegetetarian food option, seat 16f was soiled, fold down tray had sticky residue from previous flight(s)."

Cons: "Delayed Boarding and they didn't say anything."

Pros: "They gave us loaner strollers to get the kids through the airport. So family friendly. Food was great too."
Cons: "No complaints."

Cons: "Lost a bag Charged for bags Made us check in our overhead bags-No quality carrier does that."

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