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Old Nov 19, 19, 12:25 pm
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Originally Posted by tgrow13 View Post
Hey everyone, been lurking for a while but need help with some ideas. I am wanting to take my wife and 3 year old on a trip somewhere this January, preferably somewhere warm. Would love to do something in Oceania, like a pit stop in Hawaii for a few days to break up long flights, then jump to somewhere else like Australia, New Zealand, or some other island place that would be great to hang out and explore with the kiddo. He's a pretty easy going kid, but we dont want to just jump on a 14+hour flight if we can help it.

Any initial thoughts?
Originally Posted by tgrow13 View Post
Star Alliance, I’m 1k on United.
This would be award travel.
Preferably traveling business/first class
Starting from the West Coast

sorry, that is all information I should have included!
Getting 3 business class awards USA to Australia, New Zealand, or some other South Pacific island close in is going to be extremely hard.
Do you have enough UA ff miles for awards for 3 people ?
Have you used UA awards before?
USA west coast to Hawaii & Hawaii to Aust/NZ/Oceania would be 2 (return) awards. Or maybe you could get the UA Excursionist Perk to work. Better to look for oneway awards, Does not need to be the same airports.

With UA ff miles you need to look where UA and UA ff partners fly to.
Air NZ is a ff partner of UA, but Air NZ is well known for not releasing award seat. Very occasionally AirNZ release some seats in the weeks before, but January is busy time for flights to Aust/NZ (summer vacation for many people).

Airlines that fly USA/Canada to/from Australia
  • Air Canada AC (YVR – SYD BNE MEL) [Star Alliance]
  • Air New Zealand NZ (LAX SFO ORD IAH YVR via AKL) [Star Alliance]
  • Air Tahiti Nui TN (LAX – via Tahiti & AKL. Last segments on QF codeshares) (AA & DL partner)
  • American Airlines AA (LAX - SYD) [OneWorld Alliance] (AS partner until 28 Feb 2020)
  • Delta DL (LAX – SYD) (VA partner) [Skyteam Alliance]
  • Fiji Airways FJ (LAX SFO HNL – BNE SYD MEL via Fiji) (QF, AA & AS partner) [NAN-ADL ceased 20 July 2019]
  • Hawaiian HA (HNL – BNE SYD) (AA & VA partner)
  • Jetstar JQ (HNL – BNE SYD MEL)
  • Qantas QF (SYD - LAX SFO JFK(via LAX) DFW HNL YVR*, BNE - LAX SFO*, ORD*; MEL- LAX SFO) [OneWorld Alliance] (AS partner) {* seasonal}{*BNE ORD from 20 April, 2020, *BNE SFO from 5 Feb 2020}
  • United UA (LAX - MEL, LAX SFO IAH – SYD) (SFO - MEL from 31 Oct 2019)[Star Alliance]. Reduced service IAH-SYD & LAX-SYD March 29 through October 25
  • Virgin Australia VA (LAX – BNE SYD MEL) (codeshares with AC*) (DL & AC* partner) [*= some routes in 2017-18 link]
  • and others via Asia & Middle East

Airlines that fly USA/Canada to/from New Zealand are (not from all airports to all airports)
  • American Airlines AA (LAX - AKL) [Oneworld Alliance] (AS partner). LAX-AKL suspended April through Oct 2018. From October 2020 AA will fly DFW-AKL & LAX-CHC 3 days a week from Oct to March (southern summer).
  • Air Canada AC (YVR – AKL)(seasonal from 12 Dec 2019 to end March 2020) [Star Alliance]
  • Air New Zealand NZ (LAX SFO ORD IAH YVR - AKL) [Star Alliance]
  • Air Tahiti Nui TN (LAX - AKL via Tahiti) (AA & DL partner)
  • Fiji Airways FJ (LAX SFO HNL - AKL WLG CHC via Fiji) (QF AA & AS partner)
  • Hawaiian HA (HNL - AKL)(AA & VA partner)
  • Qantas QF (LAX SFO DFW JFK HNL YVR* via SYD BNE & MEL) [Oneworld Alliance] (AS partner) {* seasonal}
  • United UA (SFO - AKL) [Star Alliance]
  • Virgin Australia VA (LAX via BNE, MEL & SYD) (DL partner)
  • And others via Australia, Asia & Middle East

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