Rare Business Class Saver Award Space Between The US And Australia Or New Zealand!

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Air New Zealand and United have rare business class saver award space available between the US and Australia and New Zealand.

Availability is for the close-in winter season in the Southern Hemisphere, but there’s still plenty to do down under this time of year! It’s also the best time of year to visit the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Read and discuss more on DDF in the Melbourne Master Thread, Sydney Master Thread, Australia Master Thread, New Zealand Master Thread, and Trip Notes Master Thread.

Below are sample routes with nonstop dates that have at least 2 business saver award seats available as of the time of this posting.

You can also connect from other cities to these flights on the same award ticket and from other cities in New Zealand and Australia on Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand.

Los Angeles to Melbourne:
May 15, 17, 31
June 5, 7, 12, 19, 21
Aug 9, 16, 23

Melbourne to Los Angeles:
May 10, 26
June 14
July 7, 26
August 13

San Francisco to Melbourne:
May 9, 10, 15, 17, 22, 27, 28, 29, 31
June 4, 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21
July 7

Melbourne to San Francisco:
May 10, 11, 14, 17, 24, 26, 29
June 12
July 25

San Francisco to Sydney:
May 9, 10, 16, 17

Sydney to San Francisco:
May 10, 11, 23
June 7, 13
July 4, 5, 11, 25

Sydney to Los Angeles:
May 10
June 7

San Francisco to Brisbane:
May 14

Brisbane to San Francisco:
May 23, 26, 28
June 4, 13
July 2, 11
August 6

Los Angeles to Auckland:
June 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 18
July 2

Auckland to Los Angeles:
June 13, 26
July 3, 4, 6, 7, 9

San Francisco to Auckland:
May 20, 23, 27, 30
June 1, 3, 6, 8, 12, 13, 20, 25, 26
July 3, 8

Auckland to San Francisco:
May 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
June 3, 5, 8, 23
July 17, 20

Houston to Auckland:
May 31
June 3, 23, 26, 27

Auckland to Houston:
May 15, 20, 27
June 5, 7, 13, 20
July 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9

Business saver class award booking options:

  • You can transfer miles from Chase to Virgin Atlantic at a 1:1.3 ratio thanks to the 30% transfer bonus promo. You can also transfer points from AMEX, Capital One, or Citi at a 1:1 ratio. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days. Virgin Atlantic charges just 62.5K one-way in business class for Air New Zealand flights to New Zealand and there are no fuel surcharges. 49K Chase points will transfer into 63.7K Virgin Atlantic miles, more than enough for a one-way business class award! You can hold an award for 24 hours and you can cancel or change an award for $50. Unfortunately, you do need to call Virgin Atlantic to book travel on Air New Zealand at 800-365-9500. You can search for Air New Zealand award space on United.com.
  • You can transfer miles from Chase Ultimate Rewards to United (1:1 ratio) instantly. United charges 80-99K one-way in business class for United or Air New Zealand flights to Australia or New Zealand. Awards can be cancelled for free within 24 hours. United never collects fuel surcharges.
  • Air Canada Aeroplan charges 75K in business class one-way. There are no fuel surcharges. Points transfer instantly (1:1 ratio) from AMEX, Capital One, or Chase. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.
  • Avianca Lifemiles charges 80K in business class one-way. There are no fuel surcharges for any flights. Points transfer instantly (1:1 ratio) from AMEX, Capital One, and Citi. Transfers from Marriott (60K:25K ratio) can take 2-20 days.

AMEX cards with transferable Membership Rewards points include:

If you, a member in your household, or an authorized user has one of the following Chase cards, you can transfer points into miles:

Chase no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • Chase Ink Cash has a 75K signup bonus and earns 5 points per dollar on cable, TV, telecom, cellular, office supply stores, and gift cards from office supply stores, plus 2 points per dollar on dining and gas ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Ink Unlimited has a 75K signup bonus and earns 1.5 points per dollar everywhere ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Flex has a 20K signup bonus, plus 5 points on rotating categories, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.
  • Chase Freedom Unlimited has a signup bonus offering 3 points per dollar on up to $20K of spending in your first 12 month, afterwards earn at least 1.5 points per dollar everywhere, 5 points per dollar on travel purchased through the Chase Ultimate Rewards portal, and 3 points per dollar on dining and drugstores ($0 annual fee). Read more here.

If you or a friend has one of the following Citi cards, you can transfer points into miles:

  • Citi Premier has a 60,000 point bonus for spending $4,000 in 3 months, 3 points per dollar on airfare, hotels, travel agents, groceries, gas, and dining. $95 annual fee. Read more here.

Citi no-annual fee cards that are fantastic for earning points, but require one of the cards above for points transfers include:

  • The Citi Double Cash card offers 2% cash back or 2 points per dollar spent everywhere that can be transferred into ThankYou points. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Custom Cash Card offers 5 points per dollar on up to $500 in purchases in your top eligible spending category each billing cycle. This is marketed as 5% cash back, but will actually come in the form of 5 ThankYou points per dollar spent! Eligible categories include Restaurants, Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, Select Travel, Select Transit, Select Streaming Services, Drugstores, Home Improvement Stores, Fitness Clubs, and Live Entertainment. You will also get 0% APR on purchases and balance transfers for 15 months. No annual fee. Read more here.
  • The Citi Rewards+ Card offering 20,000 points for spending $1,500 in 3 months. This card can’t transfer points on its own, but can transfer points if you have one of the Citi cards above. This card automatically rounds up rewards earned on every purchase to the nearest 10 points, meaning you earn 10 points on a $0.50 Amazon balance reload. Earn 2 points on $6K in annual spending at supermarkets, and a 10% points rebate when you redeem points, up to a 10K points rebate per year. If you also have a Citi Premier Card you can transfer points into miles and get a 10% points rebate on transferred or redeemed miles. No annual fee. Read more here.

Capital One cards with transferable points include:

Marriott cards with transferable points include:

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HT: yochai via DDF and FM


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15 Comments On "Rare Business Class Saver Award Space Between The US And Australia Or New Zealand!"

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abraham

How do you know if theres saver availability using the United website? Its showing 82.2k Miles at the flight I’m looking at but doesnt say Saver

Tavster

Is there a dedicated thread where to post this kind of deals? I get them in real time from FM and others but never know where to post 🙂

Mdv

Is it same price using vs to start on east coast

joel

but generally the lax / sfo to to nyc you want find in business saver so it will route you with a few stops…

joel

i think will start seeing more of this as flights have been added and demand relents a bit..
before covid you were often able to find close in availability
i have also seen recently on the american flight to sydney a lot of saver awards…

Jew

@dan forgot to mention the 15% bonus to lifemiles

joel

also aeroplan is now 87.5 not 75

Bruce

United isn’t showing Air New Zealand availability (only singapore codeshares), and calling Virgin Atlantic they say that the flights on united.com are UA metal and can’t be ticketed. The Air NZ flights that are Air NZ metal (that Virgin Atlantic agent can see) are every other day and will not give confirmed seats to Virgin Atlantic to ticket on any day.
Air New Zealand doesn’t show award availability even on their own website.

What am I missing/doing wrong? UA is showing 80k saver award LAX-MEL but those can’t be ticketed on VS for the 62.5k.
Thanks

Bert

Seems to be dead

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