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JDiver Oct 11, 12 11:35 pm

FJ / Fiji Airways (ex-Air Pacific) and AA, miles, awards, etc. (consolidated)
 
Fiji Airways is the rebranded Air Pacific...

ThanxsisC Feb 7, 13 3:53 pm

Air Pacific Tabua Class via AA Miles? [award]
 
Hi, I was wondering if anybody ever had any success in booking Business (aka Tabua) Class on Air Pacific using AA Miles? I was able to book an Economy Award from NAN to LAX and was told that I should just keep on calling American Airlines Reservation to see if a Business Class Award seat opened up (as the miles requirement is no different) because Air Pacific awards are not available online. Before I put myself through the pain of calling AA Rez every couple of days to check, wanted to see if it was even worth the effort. Would appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!

Granlor Feb 8, 13 1:47 pm

You can check FJ availability online at QFF, which is free to join. I think that an AA economy award (37500 miles) will not get you into Tabua (J) which is 62500 miles.

JDiver Feb 8, 13 4:14 pm

It is possible FJ will open a Tabua Class seat at some point - or not; there is no way to predict it. You may also be able to purchase a counter upgrade (read on for most current pricing).

Granlor Feb 8, 13 4:44 pm

You might also consider NAN-HNL on FJ and HNL-LAX on AA. This is also searchable online at QFF.

rowingman Feb 8, 13 4:50 pm


Originally Posted by ThanxsisC (Post 20205524)
Hi, I was wondering if anybody ever had any success in booking Business (aka Tabua) Class on Air Pacific using AA Miles? I was able to book an Economy Award from NAN to LAX and was told that I should just keep on calling American Airlines Reservation to see if a Business Class Award seat opened up (as the miles requirement is no different) because Air Pacific awards are not available online. Before I put myself through the pain of calling AA Rez every couple of days to check, wanted to see if it was even worth the effort. Would appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!

I have had luck booking LAX - NAN - AKL (two seats in Tabua) and LAX - NAN not once, but twice. Call me lucky. Enjoyed Tabua class, the food, a chance to hang out in the NAN airport on the way to New Zealand (nice little club in the LL of the airport). Good luck!

shanj33 Feb 8, 13 9:42 pm

I've also booked AKL-NAN and NAN-LAX for two on both legs in Tabua. So it is possible. But we did book well in advance 300+ days.

ThanxsisC Feb 8, 13 10:54 pm

Thank You!!
 
Thanks everybody so much for all your help! I'm so happy I can check via Qantas as calling everyday did not sound appealing to me at all. I'll keep my fingers crossed that something opens up on my travel date. Sadly I'm traveling on 12/31 so will have to be very lucky.

Isochronous Feb 8, 13 11:31 pm

I'd assume J award availability on FJ is decent given how commonly they offer counter upgrades. I did NAN-LAX return recently (paid cash for it) in J and the cabin was always full, but I did wonder how many paid full fare.

Am also wondering if it will get more scarce/expensive when they replace the 744s with A333s later this year.

AGuyAndADogInDFW Feb 22, 13 9:48 pm

My GF and I were successful in booking LAX-NAN-AKL and the return this October in award J. For LAX-NAN, she's in J and I'm in Y and I've been checking daily for award J to open so we can sit together. I figure 3 out of 4 ain't bad.

Also, we were on the 747 on LAX-NAN when we booked but it looks like they've already moved that flight to the A330. There are actually LESS seats in J on the Airbus so hopefully my chances are still good.

I say keep checking and good luck to you.

SeriouslyLost Feb 22, 13 9:57 pm


Originally Posted by JDiver (Post 20211968)
You may also be able to purchase a counter upgrade (US-Fiji is ~$750 iirc).

US$900 when I asked last time I flew FJ.

Then again, they maybe just didn't want to bother doing it so they picked a number from thin air and hope I wouldn't bother them further. They picked right that day. :)

I kinda liked how dingy FJ was. Really looking forward to the new aircraft & have just booked a ticket for later in the year when they should be flying.


ETA: Just had a look at the FJ website and a paid counter upgrade is US$1300.

JDiver Feb 23, 13 12:08 am

Ah, yes, last time it was $900; and now $1,300, wow!

I remember when it used to be $750 US LAX-NAN and $750 Fiji Dollars NAN-LAX.

The old Singapore-leased in 747-400s were definitely showing their age. The A330s will be welcome, albeit they will indeed offer less selection for awards (and apparently significantly more expensive counter upgrades).

Ni sa moce, Air Pacific; Ni sa bula, Fiji Airways.


Originally Posted by SeriouslyLost (Post 20300644)
US$900 when I asked last time I flew FJ.

Then again, they maybe just didn't want to bother doing it so they picked a number from thin air and hope I wouldn't bother them further. They picked right that day. :)

I kinda liked how dingy FJ was. Really looking forward to the new aircraft & have just booked a ticket for later in the year when they should be flying.


ETA: Just had a look at the FJ website and a paid counter upgrade is US$1300.

ThanxsisC, you did not have to call QF - you could have done the search online via their website.

SeriouslyLost Feb 23, 13 7:56 pm


Originally Posted by JDiver (Post 20301060)
Ah, yes, last time it was $900; and now $1,300, wow!

I remember when it used to be $750 US LAX-NAN and $750 Fiji Dollars NAN-LAX.

Interestingly, booking a $1700 Y fare and adding the $1300 upgrade to J each way at the counter is still cheaper than buying J outright at $5500. (prices LAX-CHC at new year)

Looks like they do a "J seat but Y service" dep counter upgrade for $450. I think I might try that this year, assuming there are any seats available in J at that point.

pkerr Jul 26, 13 3:53 pm

AA - Fiji Airways - Air Pacific
 
Looking for a flight to Fiji on AA's WEB site and Air Pacific comes up as the carrier that actually takes you there. Doing an Orbitz search and it shows AA but Fiji Air as the actual carrier. I don't suppose either one of those carriers can be used to redeem awards on.

Looked around the AA WEB site and neither was a Oneworld or affiliated airline.

3Cforme Jul 26, 13 3:59 pm

The Redeem Miles page on aa.com has a useful hyperlink.

http://www.aa.com/i18n/AAdvantage/ea...lines/main.jsp


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