New Zealand is a very tough route for premium awards, one of the toughest in the world. And it’s one where American hadn’t been releasing award seats — until now. American has been going to lengths to improve their premium cabin award availability.
They will fly Los Angeles – Auckland with a Boeing 787-8 starting in June.
Here’s the schedule:
- Los Angeles – Auckland, 10:45 pm – 6:35 am +2
- Auckland – Los Angeles, 1:20 pm – 6:30am
American is now making at least 2 business class seats available on their new Los Angeles – Auckland flight which launches June 23 about half of the time between June 25 and September 7, although only about four times after that through the current end of schedule.
There’s a similar amount of availability in the other direction from Auckland to Los Angeles, and that stretches through mid-October.
Upgrade space is also available.
And upgrade space is available even when award space isn’t.
So it’s a great opportunity to buy coach, use systemwide eVIP upgrades that are given to American’s Executive Platinum 100,000 mile flyers, and fly business class. (You can also upgrade with 25,000 miles and a $350 cash co-pay each way.)
Hopefully this flight will feature the same upgraded inflight product as their Sydney flight.
American Airlines Boeing 787-8 Business Class
American charges 62,500 miles each way between the US and New Zealand. You can use other oneworld miles like British Airways, of course (or Etihad miles transferred from Citibank).
American will also let you route via New Zealand to Australia. So you can use this flight and connect onward from Auckland on Qantas (or LAN) if you like.