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Great Deal for Students in New Zealand

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Students at Otago and Waikato Universities and Polytechnics can, for the next three weeks, buy NZ$39 standby fares for travel on Air New Zealand to anywhere in the country.

 The trial promotion, which began last week, ends Sunday 4 October. It enables students to turn up at Hamilton or Dunedin airports and purchase one way or a return ticket on flights that have unsold seats.

Air New Zealand General Manager Domestic Airline John Whittaker said the idea behind the promotion was to gauge interest in last minute travel, "We're always trying ways to offer cheap fares and grabaseat is a great example of that. Standby travel has in the past been offered by airlines overseas and we thought we would trial it here with students in these two locations to see what the interest would be."

Students must arrive at the airport 90 minutes before the flight, purchase a ticket and show their student ID. If a return standby ticket is wanted, it must be purchased at the same time.

30 minutes prior to departure they will be given a boarding pass if a seat is available. If unsuccessful in getting a seat they will be listed on the following flight or given a refund.

Due to the last minute nature of the tickets, only carry on baggage is allowed.

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