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.

Continue reading…

Qantas A380 First Class overview

It’s been more than a decade since Qantas first flew the A380 in October 2008, and their First Class product has remained relatively unchanged in that time—along with the demand from frequent flyers and points-redeemers to find themselves in this exclusive, 14-seat cabin. Continue reading…

10 reasons why KrisFlyer is one of my favourite frequent flyer programs (and 6 downsides)

Being a code share and Star Alliance partner with Air New Zealand, as well as Australia’s second-largest international carrier (after Emirates), the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer program is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs for travellers in NZ and Australia.

In my mind, the relative value of KrisFlyer miles has increased given the upcoming introduction of a Carrier Charge by Velocity and the continuing imposition of high taxes and surcharges by Qantas.

However, the program is not without its downsides, so this guide aims to explore both the good and bad of KrisFlyer. Continue reading…

Singapore Airlines A380 (new) Business Class overview

After experiencing the phenomenal new Singapore Airlines A380 Suites earlier this year, I was looking forward to seeing how it had improved its business class product. Personally, I was wasn’t a huge fan of the old A380 business class seat as it was too wide for my frame, even with pillows stuffed either side I could never get comfortable.

So, for an upcoming trip to Europe I decided to book with Singapore Airlines specifically to try its new A380 in business class to Singapore and the A350 to Dusseldorf. Continue reading…