United’s Boeing 777-300ERs to fly to Auckland from October 2017 to March 2018

United’s Polaris Business Class seat will soon be found on the Auckland to San Francisco route between October 29th and March 22nd, with the US airline scheduling their Boeing 777-300ER aircraft over this period.

This is a welcome change on the route, especially seeing as they’ve now made it a seasonal flight rather than year-round as it was previously.

In this guide, we look at the new flight details, current redemption availability, and how you can redeem miles for the route. Continue reading…

American & United start Trans-Pacific Dreamliner flights – our first take on using Points to travel direct to the US

For the first time in 4 years there’s competition for Air New Zealand on Trans-Pacific flights direct from New Zealand to the US mainland.

On the 3rd of July, United Airlines flight UA917 touched down in Auckland on its maiden direct service from San Francisco. The weekend before, American Airlines also commenced their daily direct service connecting Auckland with their Los Angeles hub.

Given these new additions for Kiwi’s who have long been waiting for affordable direct flights to the US, we thought we’d give you some details about both new options for points earn and burn to the US.
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