Getting to Fiji in Business with miles

Old Dec 31, 19, 1:30 am
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Getting to Fiji in Business with miles

So, Fiji is on my list for some point in the next 2-3 years. Iíve started looking 8-9 months out from today, and finding seats in Business is almost impossible. Then I looked at like 3-4 months and even more rare.

Are there best days? Best times of the year? Best booking window? I want to go dive, and year round the diving appears to be great. But Iím not having the greatest luck figuring out the best time and way to score a seat up front. And I just wonít go if I have to fly in the back.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 1:42 am
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I too have noticed a lack of continental USA to Fiji Business class availability.

I did find that you can get from Australia or New Zealand to Fiji on Business. But getting to and from the US to NAN is a mystery to me. I too hope someone here has some info and ideas. Thanks.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 2:15 am
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Originally Posted by mikexner View Post
So, Fiji is on my list for some point in the next 2-3 years. Iíve started looking 8-9 months out from today, and finding seats in Business is almost impossible. Then I looked at like 3-4 months and even more rare.

Are there best days? Best times of the year? Best booking window? I want to go dive, and year round the diving appears to be great. But Iím not having the greatest luck figuring out the best time and way to score a seat up front. And I just wonít go if I have to fly in the back.
The availability for FJ J is usually snapped when they become available towards the end of the booking window. If you are only looking 8-9 months out, I think the availability will have long been booked a few months back. With your 2-3 years out time frame, things could be very much different, one way or the other.

Also consider from HNL, FJ J to Australia is 40K in J, but that may be a recliner with a stop in the Christmas Islands. It is hard to say with the introduction of the A350 and the A330s now being used on NAN-AU where 738s were used, if they will also use them on the HNL-NAN routes. 2-3 years is a long way off.

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Old Dec 31, 19, 6:46 am
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LAX-NAN end of schedule.

Nov 25th and 26th has business availability
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Old Dec 31, 19, 8:12 am
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I just booked 2J LAX-NAN in August. Search directly from NAN-LAX/SFO and use the business button on the calendar search: there usually aren't intra-US awards available at the end of the booking window, so you won't get tricked by other airlines or mixed-cabin itineraries.
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Old Dec 31, 19, 12:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
Also consider from HNL, FJ J to Australia is 40K in J, but that may be a recliner with a stop in the Christmas Islands. It is hard to say with the introduction of the A350 and the A330s now being used on NAN-AU where 738s were used, if they will also use them on the HNL-NAN routes. 2-3 years is a long way off.


HNL-NAN has three routes: HNL-NAN nonstop, HNL-CXI-NAN and HNL-APW-NAN. All are operated by the 738s and 7M8s. When I went to NAN earlier this year, I originally had seats in ďJĒ on the CXI flight, which was scheduled to be flown with a 7M8. With the 7M8 issues, the wife and I decided to forego the Kiribati stamp and ended up booking QF/FJ HNL-SYD and SYD-NAN, which I then changed to LAX-SYD and SYD-NAN. I really doubt the A330s will go to HNL on a regular basis.

The issue with Fiji is the lack of service down there, so thereís a limited amount of seats. The Fijian government really keeps everyone out of the country except the Australians and Kiwis. NAN is a nice airport and the FJ lounge in the basement is really nice, especially at 7a. It was the only place I found on the island with drinkable coffee!
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Old Dec 31, 19, 1:23 pm
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Originally Posted by tusphotog View Post

The issue with Fiji is the lack of service down there, so thereís a limited amount of seats. The Fijian government really keeps everyone out of the country except the Australians and Kiwis. NAN is a nice airport and the FJ lounge in the basement is really nice, especially at 7a. It was the only place I found on the island with drinkable coffee!
Thanks for the additional information. I had 2 J award seats booked HNL-CXI-NAN//NAN-SYD for last month but later canceled them for other options.

I have flown through NAN on a paid JF ticket. The Airport is nice, Fiji water is inexpensive there. It is a little different though that there is only one gate that takes you to an outdoor corridor to the plane at boarding height and a quick search of carry-on bags before boarding. I agree the lounge is nice too, sans the showers.

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Originally Posted by mikexner View Post
So, Fiji is on my list for some point in the next 2-3 years. Iíve started looking 8-9 months out from today, and finding seats in Business is almost impossible. Then I looked at like 3-4 months and even more rare.

Are there best days? Best times of the year? Best booking window? I want to go dive, and year round the diving appears to be great. But Iím not having the greatest luck figuring out the best time and way to score a seat up front. And I just wonít go if I have to fly in the back.
I did US to OZ twice with free stopovers in Fiji on FJ. The most recent was booked in November 2017 for travel in May 2018. Hope this helps.
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Old Jan 6, 20, 11:24 pm
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I booked in June last year at end of schedule for my LAX/NAN/AKL flights in April this year. There was "reasonable" availability at that time.
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Old Jan 6, 20, 11:33 pm
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I booked today with the deal. I saw availability (from SFO) on 11/24 and 11/28. I booked 11/24.

It's right out to the end of the schedule and I'd doing a 5-night stopover in NAN before going on to MEL. I can't even book my return yet because I want something past end of schedule.
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Looking at some NAN-LAX or NAN-SFO for Jul 2021 and it appears everything in both Y and J is blocked from Jul 4 - Aug 8 for both routes. Is this normal each July and should I expect anything to open up as the dates draw near?

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Old Oct 9, 20, 10:41 am
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Originally Posted by mikexner View Post
Getting to Fiji in Business with miles
Is hard...

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Old Oct 9, 20, 11:31 am
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Originally Posted by scubadu View Post
Is hard...

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I have 2 FJ J awards to & from AU with a NAN stopover on the outbound for February. They are listed under Trips->Pipe Dreams in my MP Account. When FJ cancels the flights (not if) I won't ask AS to reprimand Fiji or Australia; 52% & 46% owners. lol

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Some people are replying to Jan 2020 posts (pre Covid-19)
Originally Posted by hockeystl View Post
Looking at some NAN-LAX or NAN-SFO for Jul 2021 and it appears everything in both Y and J is blocked from Jul 4 - Aug 8 for both routes. Is this normal each July and should I expect anything to open up as the dates draw near?
-----> Covid-19 ??
-----> Exiting bookings/school holidays??
Originally Posted by Flying for Fun View Post
I have 2 FJ J awards to & from AU with a NAN stopover on the outbound for February. They are listed under Trips->Pipe Dreams in my MP Account. When FJ cancels the flights (not if) I won't ask AS to reprimand Fiji or Australia; 52% & 46% owners. lol
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