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Anyone flown ANZ's Business Premier PREFERRED seat? (ex-Cathay Pacific B773 First)

Anyone flown ANZ's Business Premier PREFERRED seat? (ex-Cathay Pacific B773 First)

Old Feb 15, 2024, 4:54 pm
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Anyone flown ANZ's Business Premier PREFERRED seat? (ex-Cathay Pacific B773 First)

These seats are only on Air New Zealand's IAH-AKL-MEL or -SYD flights using a former CX B773 metal, so only available twice weekly usually. A few questions:

- Is the paid upgrade (usually < $500 USD for IAH-AKL) worth the experience?
- can you get a discounted upgrade at the airport during check-in?
- I know it's the same Business Premier experience just in bigger First open suite, but anything else worth noting?

Thanks!

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Old Feb 15, 2024, 5:14 pm
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Originally Posted by LX039
These seats are only on Air New Zealand's IAH-AKL-MEL or -SYD flights using a former CX B773 metal, so only available twice weekly usually. A few questions:

- Is the paid upgrade (usually < $500 USD for IAH-AKL) worth the experience?
- can you get a discounted upgrade at the airport during check-in?
- I know it's the same Business Premier experience just in bigger First open suite, but anything else worth noting?

Thanks!
2nd point no not cheaper at airport. Not even sure if offer it at airport. AirNZ is happy to fly with empty seats.
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Old Feb 15, 2024, 5:37 pm
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Originally Posted by nzkarit
2nd point no not cheaper at airport. Not even sure if offer it at airport. AirNZ is happy to fly with empty seats.
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Old Feb 15, 2024, 6:12 pm
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Originally Posted by LX039
Thanks for this!
There is a thread here on this very topic. Have a look

ZK-OKU mini report
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Old Feb 15, 2024, 7:39 pm
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It's an amazing seat, I would absolutely say it's worth it
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Old Feb 15, 2024, 7:44 pm
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Thanks, I just went ahead and paid for the upgrade to seat 1K on upcoming IAH-AKL for ~$466USD. Can't wait…I did fly on CX first a couple years back SFO-HKG r/t and looking forward to revisiting.

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Old Feb 15, 2024, 8:03 pm
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Is 1A avail? 1K noted broken. Not sure if its fixed yet
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Old Feb 16, 2024, 3:45 am
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1A or 2A for sure if solo travelling - much more privacy - doubt upgrades will be offered at airport as the business premier seats seem to get snapped up well in advance especially on IAH routes
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Old Feb 18, 2024, 7:32 pm
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If there are empty "preferred" seats and there are empty "standard" business seats, and there are upgrade pax (either points or certs) surely they would upgrade the paying status pax to the better seats rather than cert or comp into those?
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 6:29 am
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Originally Posted by znsm
It's an amazing seat, I would absolutely say it's worth it
May have been amazing 10 years ago, but these days, it's not that impressive at all
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Old Feb 21, 2024, 12:40 pm
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Originally Posted by fly747first
May have been amazing 10 years ago, but these days, it's not that impressive at all
Absolutely correct, but compared to ANZ metals usual BP it is a massive stepup (In my opinion) (sadly)
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Old Feb 22, 2024, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by ZKNHB
Absolutely correct, but compared to ANZ metals usual BP it is a massive stepup (In my opinion) (sadly)
True... the new BP seats are desperately needed!
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Old Feb 22, 2024, 11:36 am
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Originally Posted by oranjemakker
If there are empty "preferred" seats and there are empty "standard" business seats, and there are upgrade pax (either points or certs) surely they would upgrade the paying status pax to the better seats rather than cert or comp into those?
I don’t think this is the approach taken with other preferred seats unless the cabin is full.

Remember, too, that cash pax and award pax should be indistinguishable (IMHO). Obviously the reports of upgrades pax being ‘un-upgraded’ following a downgauge of aircraft (say 77W to 789) shows AirNZ does track those pax and ranks them below the others.

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Old Feb 22, 2024, 1:30 pm
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Originally Posted by LX039
Thanks, I just went ahead and paid for the upgrade to seat 1K on upcoming IAH-AKL for ~$466USD. Can't waitI did fly on CX first a couple years back SFO-HKG r/t and looking forward to revisiting.
When is your flight? I've been booked for an October IAH to AKL flight for a few months and mine continues to show $780 for the upgrade, all other posts I've seen that have referenced this show a much lower price point similar to the one you got.
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Old Feb 22, 2024, 1:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Thai-Kiwi
I dont think this is the approach taken with other preferred seats unless the cabin is full.

Remember, too, that cash pax and award pax should be indistinguishable (IMHO). Obviously the reports of upgrades pax being un-upgraded following a downgauge of aircraft (say 77W to 789) shows AirNZ does track those pax and ranks them below the others.
I disagree that cash pax and upgrades should be indistinguishable. It makes sense for the airline to favour those who pay more.
Also, if I pay for J and my flight gets cancelled, is it fair or reasonable that I am rebooked onto a flight and made to sit in Y, while upgraded passengers are sitting in the J seats?
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