Alaska first class to nz?

Old Sep 12, 14, 3:44 am
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Alaska first class to nz?

I'm trying to find flight from Boise or nearby airport to Auckland NZ for business class with my miles in December 2014. I kept getting the mixed cabin especially the ones from USA to oversea. Anyone has ever successfully booked business or first class with Alaska to nz? What have I done wrong here?
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Old Sep 12, 14, 4:12 am
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It's possible to book that route but maybe not for this December as most people plan well in advance for the peak season (Dec-Feb).

Not sure what dates you were looking at but if it helps there's 2 biz seats on December 3rd on Alaska/Delta to Sydney.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 8:32 am
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December is the equivalent of summer peak season in the Southern Hemisphere. You may want to try your luck and look for awards on CX using the BA tool. Otherwise you could consider Fiji airways, KE, or maybe QF
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Old Sep 12, 14, 8:59 am
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second half of month has 0 availability in any class on the airlines bookable online. CX is available by call in or look up on BA/QF/JL search tool but HKG-AU/NZ is hard to find in anything higher than Premium economy even in low season

QF is what most of the options are but most dates are Y only for TPAC. I usually find the same for KE even in non-peak. Rarely does KE J come up for TPAC. However KE will be even tougher here since Dec 10 - 31 is a blackout date

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Old Sep 12, 14, 10:06 am
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Originally Posted by flybie View Post
I'm trying to find flight from Boise or nearby airport to Auckland NZ for business class with my miles in December 2014. I kept getting the mixed cabin especially the ones from USA to oversea. Anyone has ever successfully booked business or first class with Alaska to nz? What have I done wrong here?
I think you're about 6 months late if you're talking about THIS December....those tickets get snapped up shortly after they are released.....ie, people are at their computer waiting for them at just the "right" time With that said, I've seen availability for just about every place (domestic and International) open up a day or two before departure so if you don't mind playing that "unknown" game, that may be your best option.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 11:28 am
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What have I done wrong here?
Waited, I'm afraid.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 12:47 pm
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What have I done wrong here?
Expected to find a lot of inventory on the single most popular redemption with frequent flyer miles (North America to Australia/NZ in premium class) at this point, during a peak travel time from North America (Southern Hemisphere summer).



Good luck at a last minute redemption, this is probably your "best" option with AS miles.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 1:10 pm
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good luck! Its almost as harrd as Australia. What you did wrong was wait. You unfortunately have to be looking 330 days out and be as flexible as gumby in most cases for AS F or J awards to that region. Particularly when it comes to F, you might have better odds at the casino. If AS allowed or was able to allow you to use extra miles for full flex F or as AA calls it AAnytime Award across partners it would be a lot easier even though it would cost you twice the amount of miles. Im sure theres strategic reasons why they dont offer this choice. For starters airlines want people to pay for as many of the seats as possible or have their own frequent flyer members burn extra miles to sit in the seats. Of you are set on going on the dates then your best option is book it in Y because quite lucky thats even open as well. Check the site daily or 10 times a day, depending on how anxious you are. Then sign up for expert flyer and get email and text alerts set up, then everytime your phone chirps grab it as fast as possible and make sure it isnt a space opening email or text . Im sleeping with my phone on my pillow currently with it set as loud as possible every night for some upcoming stuff I have to ANU and back in mid October. Still J2 U0 departing and J7 U0 returning

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Old Sep 12, 14, 4:14 pm
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Im sure theres strategic reasons why they dont offer this choice.
Because it's not AS inventory. Last seat award availability on QF F probably means "write QF a $10-20k check" for anyone other than QF.

Hahahahahahahahahaha... no.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 10:29 pm
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We are going in First in late December on our AS miles but from LAX to SYD on Qantas. Then we will fly to the South Island on a paid ticket on Air New Zealand. Options to get to NZ with Alaska miles seemed limited as ANZ is in the star alliance group and flights on Emirates are limited. And yes, lots of mixed cabin awards show up on the AS website, especially if you start from Boise. I suggest you look from LAX and add the Boise leg later.

We booked at the 330 day mark and felt like we won the lottery when we got the seats. Qantas mileage members and BA executive club members can book at 355 days so most of the award seats go then. Anything that shows up later, especially in the premium cabins, is pure luck --either a cancellation, or the airline decided to release more seats for mysterious reasons.
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Old Sep 17, 14, 7:43 pm
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Originally Posted by enzian View Post
We are going in First in late December on our AS miles but from LAX to SYD on Qantas. Then we will fly to the South Island on a paid ticket on Air New Zealand. Options to get to NZ with Alaska miles seemed limited as ANZ is in the star alliance group and flights on Emirates are limited. And yes, lots of mixed cabin awards show up on the AS website, especially if you start from Boise. I suggest you look from LAX and add the Boise leg later.

We booked at the 330 day mark and felt like we won the lottery when we got the seats. Qantas mileage members and BA executive club members can book at 355 days so most of the award seats go then. Anything that shows up later, especially in the premium cabins, is pure luck --either a cancellation, or the airline decided to release more seats for mysterious reasons.
Good to know, I'm planning a trip to NZ with miles and I think I will end up doing the same. LAX-SYD first.
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Old Sep 19, 14, 12:10 pm
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Hello, so what's the difference between the Quantas A380 and other first class in Quantas airline? I read review online and it seems that A380 has the best first class? I saw first class to Melbourne but it's not A380, it's in August 2015 though.
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Old Sep 19, 14, 12:26 pm
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Hello, so what's the difference between the Quantas A380 and other first class in Quantas airline? I read review online and it seems that A380 has the best first class? I saw first class to Melbourne but it's not A380, it's in August 2015 though.
Ive never flown QF but looking at photos it seems A380 F is much more private and spacious than the Old F on the 747

BTW there is no U in Qantas
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Right, no U. It is an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service.

If you want to know specific details on the planes and classes of service, best ask on the Qantas forum.

We are flying back from Melbourne on an A380 but in J. I believe there is an F cabin but more miles than we wanted to give. This is in January, however. I did read ( on the Qantas forum) that the airline is tweaking their routes and schedules starting in 2015.
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Old Sep 19, 14, 3:50 pm
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Right, no U. It is an acronym for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service.

If you want to know specific details on the planes and classes of service, best ask on the Qantas forum.

We are flying back from Melbourne on an A380 but in J. I believe there is an F cabin but more miles than we wanted to give. This is in January, however. I did read ( on the Qantas forum) that the airline is tweaking their routes and schedules starting in 2015.
I belive QF was doing a reconfig on 747, getting rid of F. I think only QF92/93 and QF11/12, which are A380 routes, are the only routes in/out of the US in F
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