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Business Saver award opportunities to New Zealand, Australia

by on Mon January 2, 2017 • No Comment


Getting to Australia and New Zealand in Business Class is one of the toughest awards around if you don’t want to pay inflated prices or spend an extra 12 hours going via Asia.

When space opens up, you snap it up, and plan around it.

Right now there are a couple of good opportunities if you’re willing to do that.

  • San Francisco to Auckland in First Class on United in November and December (80,000 United MileagePlus miles each way)
  • Vancouver to Brisbane in Business Class on Air Canada in April and May (80,000 United MileagePlus miles each way)

Here’s space on United from San Francisco to Auckland for two people. Dates with dotted lines are available.


The San Francisco to Auckland space is unique because it’s in First, not Business Class, which means you get even more space.


Now, this award opportunity became available because United switched the plane operating the route in November to a Boeing 777-200 with 3 cabins (First, Business, and Economy). Usually, United runs a plane with only Business and Economy Class, and there’s a decent chance the plane you actually fly will be switched back to having only Business and Economy Class.

If that happens, you’ll sit in Business Class and get a refund of 10,000 miles each way if you book using MileagePlus miles, since Business Class on United flights down to Australia costs just 70,000 United miles, rather than 80,000 for First Class.

It will still be a lie flat seat, though don’t count on it being the new Polaris seat just yet.

If this Spring is a better time to go down South, consider Air Canada via Vancouver.

Its newest route to Australia is a Vancouver – Brisbane nonstop, and it’s pretty wide open in April and May for at least 2 passengers on the dates with the dotted lines below.


This one is in Business Class, but it costs 80,000 United miles, because United charges more for partner flights in Business Class than on its own flights.

If you have Amex points the best deal for this Air Canada option is to book using ANA Mileage Club and lock it in for 120,000 miles roundtrip.



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Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

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Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

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