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Air New Zealand business class award space is wide open, you can book these seats with miles you likely already have, and this surely will not last.
Australia and New Zealand are among the toughest awards out there. So while May through September isn’t peak season for travel to New Zealand, many will want to take advantage and of course it’s easy to hop over to Australia from New Zealand and some will want to use these flights as part of a broader Pacific Islands trip.
“Bayswater Marina Auckland New Zealand” by Bayswater marina, Creative Commons
April 20 through September 29 there’s wide open premium cabin award availability for Los Angeles – Auckland on Air New Zealand.
Dates with solid lines have award space for 2 passengers in economy. Dates with dotted lines have space for 2 passengers in business.
Space is good Auckland – Los Angeles for a similar date range as well.
These seats can be booked using Star Alliance miles (e.g. United, Aeroplan, LifeMiles) between several U.S. cities and New Zealand on Air New Zealand.
Here’s the Air New Zealand business class cabin:
These are award costs:
- United charges 70,000 miles each way without fuel surcharges (Star Alliance partner awards would be 80,000). United is a Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer partner, and points move instantly. So great use of points from your Chase Sapphire Preferred Card!
- LifeMiles charges 81,000 miles each way without fuel surcharges. LifeMiles often sells miles cheap.
- Aeroplan charges 80,000 miles each way without fuel surcharges. Aeroplan is an American Express Membership Rewards points transfer partner, and points move instantly.
And of course you can use these seats to get to and from Australia as well.