I'm wondering what the cheapest/best airline is to get from Christchurch to Melbourne. I'll be travelling roughly January 25th. Virgin Blue seems to be pretty good, has anyone flown with them before, can you recommend any other discount airlines?
As far as discount airline 'quality' goes, virginblue is pretty good. Also check if Qantas has any promotions running that might make that flight cheap, and Emirates Air used to have some good deals for that leg as well, so that'd be worth looking into (Emirates definitely isn't a discount airline, but they were the cheapest twice when I flew between Australia and New Zealand, and a lot of luxury).
yeah i flew virgin blue quite a few times and had no problems. Have a look at Jetstar (owned by Qantas but a low cost carrier), I flew Melbourne - Christchurch with them.... both are fine though so i'd go with the cheapest!