American Express Membership Rewards - plat amex and 2/1 flight to NZ what's the fare?
Jun 17, 05, 2:03 pm
I'm trying to decide whether to get a platinum card. The reason I would use it would be to fly business class on Air New Zealand. I called amex but they
were reluctant to give me the info on price as I was not platinum.
Can anyone get me the fare from either SFO/LAX to CHC for a week in November, say the 9th thru 18th that Amex uses for their two for one.
Jun 17, 05, 2:44 pm
Assume that it's the highest J/C/D/Z (whatever basis NZ uses) fare unless and until you are told otherwise.
Jun 18, 05, 9:45 am
Correct. It is full FC or BC fare. Its plus is that it is often available last minute and it is refundable. Often you can do much better if you buy well in advance and take a non-refundable ticket. Recently I was quoted $6,000 for 2 BC tickets to London ($3,000 each) while airlines had posted discount fares of between $1,860 and $2,200 from SDF. I bought 2 at $1,860 plus travel insurance and saved over $2,000.
<< full FC or BC fare...Recently I was quoted $6,000 for 2 BC tickets to London>>
I believe this illustrates why the original poster is asking the question. While it's true that $6,000 is more than twice the lowest SDF-LON fare, it's certainly not the highest. Using an arbitrary date in July, Expert Flyer shows J class fares for $8,458 and above. Do you recall which carrier Amex proposed to use?
Jun 19, 05, 12:45 pm
add to the question, though (and ignoring fact two pax flying together) - might a frequent flyer with status on the specific airline get auto upgrade to from full fare biz to F making it a "better" deal?
Jun 22, 05, 8:42 pm
I think the issue for the OP is that there don't seem to be too many discounts on US-ANZ routes in premium class. Certainly nothing like the ~$1,500 East Coast-Europe Biz class fare sales most carriers offer at various times throughout the year.
I'm not sure what a consolidator could get you for F/J to NZ, but my guess is that it probably won't be half off the highest published fare. And sometimes you don't get miles on consolidator fares and sometimes they're not flexible.
So in this specific case, the Plt 2-1 deal may be worthwhile.
Jun 22, 05, 8:57 pm
LAX/SFO to NZ and Australia are generally high fare routes due to lack of competition. NZ does sometimes have specials in business class (no first any more) but not often.