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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Air New Zealand releasing historically hard to find Business Class Award Space to North and South America

If you’re like me and have been hoping the arrival of increased competition on the NZ to US direct flight routes might make a difference to the void of business award availability for us, then we’re in luck.

Over the last few months Air New Zealand has finally decided to release Business Class award seats bookable through it’s Star Alliance and strategic partners to most North American destinations.

With a drought of direct carriers flying the Pacific from NZ to Continental America, getting Business Class award availability has long been considered the needle in the haystack of world points travel. Continue reading…