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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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…

Emirates A380 First Class overview: one of the better and most unique uses of Qantas Points

With Qantas’ partnership with Emirates, an ongoing and useful provider of benefits to points-collectors, redeemers and frequent flyers, Emirates First Class has become one of the most useful and unique ways to use your Qantas Points.

I’ve had the chance to sample Emirates top premium cabin a few times in the last year, so here is my take on how to get the most from your trip. Continue reading…