Looking to save on fees and points for New Zealand – USA Qantas Point redemptions? Book American Airlines flights, not Qantas

One of the biggest annoyances for most people when using Qantas Points are the taxes and fees they slug you with when redeeming points. For Economy flights, these can often be a deal breaker for using points when fares are cheap.

If you’re willing to look away from Qantas for your flights to the US (which you really should), you can save points and cash by redeeming with American Airlines – plus also avoid the backtrack across the Tasman.

American Airlines offer a seasonal Auckland to Los Angeles flight, which started in 2016, but this tip is still just as valid – so we’ve updated this guide for those planning travel to the US in early or late 2019.

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Minimise extra fees with flight bookings – cities & countries to aim for (and avoid)

Chances are we’ve all experienced the disappointment of finding a great flight deal, whether paying with cash or points, just to have hundreds of dollars in taxes, fees and surcharges added to the final bill.

This is the first guide in a two-part series looking at how to minimise the fees on flight bookings, regardless of whether they are included in a paid ticket or a points redemption. Continue reading…