Up to 18 months of Star Alliance Gold status by matching your current elite status and flying one trip to the US with United

Given that United Airlines fly direct between Auckland San Francisco, albeit now seasonally, this guide to status-matching to United may be perfect for any Kiwi looking to hack some extra value out of a return trip to North America.

If you already have Gold or Platinum status with Qantas, Virgin Australia or any other non-Star Alliance airline, this is how to leverage a status match out of United for up to 18 months.
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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…