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Lots of Business Class awards to New Zealand on American now available

by on Thu February 4, 2016 • 3 Comments


American AAdvantage has been releasing a lot more Business and First Class award space on some of its most prized long haul flights.

Last week lots of space to Europe, Asia, and Australia opened up in Business and First Class.

And upgrades became much more readily available on tough routes like Los Angeles to London and Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand.

Though a lot of award space did get snapped up, especially on the Los Angeles – Sydney flight.

But now, there’s lots of outright award space on its new nonstop flight to Auckland from Los Angeles, which starts service June 23rd.

Here’s space for 2 passengers this summer…


And plenty more coming back to the U.S.


Summer in the U.S. isn’t the most popular time to head to New Zealand, where it’s Winter, but there is still some decent space available heading into the Fall, or New Zealand’s Spring.


Compare that to no availability at all on United or Air New Zealand, who have service from San Francisco and Los Angeles.


American’s flight to Auckland is operated by its brand new 787 Dreamliner that features a 1-2-1 configuration in Business Class with 77 inch long flat bed seats. There’s no First Class on these planes, so you’re getting the best possible seat by flying in Business Class.


These seats sell for over $8,000 roundtrip….


But you can score them for 125,000 miles roundtrip plus $69 in taxes and fees. After March 22nd, the price will go up to 160,000 miles.

We recently wrote about strategies to get to New Zealand in First or Business Class with miles, but this is the first time in a long time Saver level award space has been widely available on nonstop flights from the U.S. to New Zealand.

Don’t count on it lasting, especially after seeing how quickly generous award space to Australia got snapped up in the last week.


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3 thoughts on Lots of Business Class awards to New Zealand on American now available

  1. Stan

    I used AA rewards/miles for a round trip flight from Dallas to Auckland in April 2017, business class there and economy back. The LA to Auckland leg of the trip was ticketed as economy, though I chose business when booking. I was told by AA agent that business class seats were not yet “open” for award travel but that they may be closer to departure. Is this normal when booking awards travel?


      @Stan – Strange – how many miles were deducted. Right now there are a few dates in April that have seats in Saver Business on LAX-SYD, which can then connect with an LAX-AKL on Qantas.


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