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Old Aug 8, 22, 6:02 pm
  #196  
 
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Originally Posted by prp343 View Post
How many RUs are they even getting?
They get the exact same as any other Elite member,
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Old Aug 8, 22, 7:06 pm
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Thanks for your detailed reply lying flat. Very interesting. I want to support air nz but glad we have choices out there...
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Old Aug 8, 22, 7:26 pm
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Originally Posted by LyingFlat View Post
They get the exact same as any other Elite member,
Assume they could just submit APD upgrade requests and they would be cleared at the top of the pile, perhaps even above lower Tier RUs
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Old Aug 8, 22, 7:50 pm
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Originally Posted by racekp View Post
Assume they could just submit APD upgrade requests and they would be cleared at the top of the pile, perhaps even above lower Tier RUs
Yes, EP1 APD upgrades are looked at higher than Elite RUs. However, EP1 APD upgrades can only clear into R/A class for pre-confirmation if those classes are available. NZ will not overbook R/A class for them (unlike for EP1 RUs).
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Old Aug 9, 22, 4:56 pm
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Sounds likes there's undisclosed tiers within tiers for NZ Elites, since others have been getting RU's to clear regularly. I haven't seen RUs clear for US flights for a while. Also in the middle of covid there were very long waits on the call centre line. I guess they don't mind giving away lounge access, upfront seats and extra baggage for people that potentially might give them more business down the track but that's where it stops. I understand the need to pamper the 20% of the clientele giving them their 80% of revenue. Interesting thread though.
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Old Aug 9, 22, 6:55 pm
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Originally Posted by Ellice View Post
Sounds likes there's undisclosed tiers within tiers for NZ Elites, since others have been getting RU's to clear regularly.
Not all all. Getting RUs to clear is based on luck and flexibility. I myself will check to see if R class is available on the date I want (+/- a couple of days if there's some flexibility in my dates). If not, I'll just book BP.

Pre-Covid, you would be lucky if NZ released 1/2 R class seats per flight (sometimes none if it is a peak travel period) and these get snapped up very quickly.. Don't forget, there is a cost to the airline for pre-confirming upgrades...
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Old Aug 9, 22, 8:01 pm
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I have had reasonable luck with RUs.

But then my trips were mid week which seem to be more lightly loaded & picked days when there was both 1/2 and 5/6. Mid week seemed to have more luck than Fri-Mon & school holidays.

I never had anything clear at booking were mostly on the day or at boarding.

(Works Deluxe upgrades aside. where they seem happy to offer upgrade if seat not sold)
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Old Aug 9, 22, 10:06 pm
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Thanks all for the tips on booking. Maybe I haven't been strategic enough. I haven't been able to get my head around using expert flyer yet. That will be next on my to do list.
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Old Aug 10, 22, 2:18 am
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Originally Posted by Ellice View Post
Thanks all for the tips on booking. Maybe I haven't been strategic enough. I haven't been able to get my head around using expert flyer yet. That will be next on my to do list.
I have found EF a very useful tool. Mainly for examining seats maps, and booking levels across the various fare buckets. The fare class alert has also been useful to snaffle P and F fares in particular.

Please note that R class does not show on EF!
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Old Aug 10, 22, 4:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi View Post
Please note that R class does not show on EF!
Where are you seeing it (PM me, maybe)? I used to be able to see it on myidtravel but that disappeared some months ago.
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Old Aug 10, 22, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by codyc1515 View Post
Where are you seeing it (PM me, maybe)? I used to be able to see it on myidtravel but that disappeared some months ago.
You need to call AirNZ and ask.
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