Los Angeles/San Francisco to Auckland: $1,736
Houston to Auckland: $1,936
Air New Zealand operates a top-notch premium economy cabin to its home country with excellent seat room, upgraded meals and plenty of other good perks. Flights are available from February through most of June if you purchase tickets by September 18. (There are also some seats available on select days in November if you’re traveling from Los Angeles or San Francisco.) Best of all: no minimum stay and only a two-day advance purchase. Cheapest fares are available Monday-Thursday for the transpacific section.