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.

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How to redeem Velocity points for Business & First Class flights to the US

The United States is one of the most popular routes for New Zealanders to redeem frequent flyer points. However, it is also one of the hardest routes to find Business Class or First Class award availability due to high demand.

Velocity redemption availability for Virgin’s direct flights is quite restricted. That said, there are a few options available to use Velocity Points to fly to the US from New Zealand, such as using partners Singapore Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines – in this guide, we look at the different routes and the number of points required for a redemption. Continue reading…

Using Asia Miles as an alternative for redeeming points for flights to the USA from New Zealand

Cathay Pacific’s Asia Miles program is a partner with American Express Membership Rewards, New Zealand’s only flexible point program.

If the majority of your points come from credit card spend on your Amex, then an Asia Miles redemption can be a useful option instead of using Qantas Points (which is the more commonly known oneworld frequent flyer program for Kiwis).

You’ll have access to all the same oneworld airline partners as Qantas (including Qantas), but with different pricing and redemption mechanics – and there are some decent deals to be had by looking beyond Qantas Frequent Flyer. Continue reading…