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Feb 27, 20, 2:38 am
Replies: 15
Views: 2,854
Posted By gratn

I got an email from Kate OíBrien today. All the...

I got an email from Kate OíBrien today. All the usual noises about being excited to have the role and planning on listening to Elite customers. Time will tell, but nice to receive...
Feb 17, 20, 2:40 am
Replies: 19
Views: 1,318
Posted By gratn

This quoted part is potentially misleading. ...

This quoted part is potentially misleading.

In my experience most credit card surcharges are around 1.5-2.5% (although itís hugely variable). Applying that to Air NZís fares (even J fares), once...
Jan 13, 20, 1:18 am
Replies: 61
Views: 14,285
Posted By gratn

Do you mean an enhancement with value to Elites,...

Do you mean an enhancement with value to Elites, or an ďenhancementĒ that further devalues the programme?
Jan 11, 20, 3:31 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 9,258
Posted By gratn

I suggest you go to the lounge and ask nicely. If...

I suggest you go to the lounge and ask nicely. If the lounge isnít busy you might well be allowed in, especially if your child is young.
Jan 5, 20, 3:12 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 9,391
Posted By gratn

The answer is YMMV. For domestic flights I have...

The answer is YMMV. For domestic flights I have never had a bag checked or weighed. I have also seen people with ridiculously large bags (and multiple bags) board with no issues, which suggests you...
Dec 31, 19, 1:51 am
Replies: 51
Views: 9,550
Posted By gratn

Iíve had the same experience. A flight attendant...

Iíve had the same experience. A flight attendant told me they regularly see one spouse ditch the other and take the upgrade. They must have been braver than me 😂😂
Dec 14, 19, 3:16 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 23,424
Posted By gratn

You wonít regret it. I made the same choice for...

You wonít regret it. I made the same choice for flights to Italy, and paid only 55% of the Air NZ cost for a two flight rather than three flight journey. The QR lounge in Doha is good and the...
Dec 14, 19, 3:08 pm
Replies: 9
Views: 2,104
Posted By gratn

I agree with sbiddle on both counts. The AKL-LAX...

I agree with sbiddle on both counts. The AKL-LAX leg is longer and the more natural leg to sleep. For benefits, it canít hurt to ask but I wouldnít expect to have either baggage or lounge access...
Dec 13, 19, 2:27 am
Replies: 78
Views: 23,424
Posted By gratn

I guess we can all agree these changes are bad...

I guess we can all agree these changes are bad for long haul travellers. Meh, itís their airline so they get to set the rules. We either put up or shut up about booking future flights elsewhere.
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Dec 12, 19, 12:19 am
Replies: 3
Views: 1,057
Posted By gratn

Yes, you should be ok. Arriving at the regional...

Yes, you should be ok. Arriving at the regional gates youíll need to take a 3 minute walk to security and be screened but once through the gates are a 1 minute walk away.
Dec 10, 19, 1:07 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,407
Posted By gratn

Itís not available on all flights yet. On my...

Itís not available on all flights yet. On my recent AKL-LAX-LHR-LAX-AKL trip it was available on 3 out of 4 sectors.
Nov 20, 19, 10:51 pm
Replies: 18
Views: 3,279
Posted By gratn

Thanks everyone, this is very helpful. I...

Thanks everyone, this is very helpful. I understand the allure of Vancouver as a way to avoid one experience with US border services, but will weigh that up against the longer second flight (which...
Nov 20, 19, 4:05 am
Replies: 18
Views: 3,279
Posted By gratn

Transit choice Houston or Chicago?

Hi all

i am planning an upcoming trip to Toronto and will need to fly home via Chicago for a commitment there. Looking at options ex AKL it appears I can travel north via Vancouver, San Francisco,...
Nov 14, 19, 2:11 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,539
Posted By gratn

Iíve had mixed experiences with this, using RUs...

Iíve had mixed experiences with this, using RUs and EAPUs. Some flights saw the upgrade clear and the infant upgrade too with no problem and no fee (so as sbiddle thinks happens). This has worked on...
Nov 4, 19, 2:14 am
Replies: 53
Views: 10,743
Posted By gratn

I didnít know about this and will do it on any...

I didnít know about this and will do it on any flights from now on. Thanks sbiddle and kiwifrequentflyer.
Nov 3, 19, 3:18 am
Replies: 53
Views: 10,743
Posted By gratn

For me, of the three long haul J class trips Iíve...

For me, of the three long haul J class trips Iíve taken to Europe in the last 18 months, I found the length best on QR but I flew them last year with their poor old style seats before they put...
Nov 3, 19, 2:26 am
Replies: 53
Views: 10,743
Posted By gratn

Itís different strokes for different folks, as...

Itís different strokes for different folks, as this is really subjective. Iím tall and, ahem, generously proportioned. For me, the NZ bed is narrow and too short. I agree itís comfortable to lie on,...
Oct 22, 19, 1:01 pm
Replies: 94
Views: 46,764
Posted By gratn

The loss of a direct NZ service to LHR is sad...

The loss of a direct NZ service to LHR is sad news, even though the LAX transit is unpleasant. I wonder what it will do to loads on AKL-LAX?

On a brighter note, the non-stop NYC route will be...
Oct 21, 19, 9:00 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 6,609
Posted By gratn

This is good advice I should have taken....

This is good advice I should have taken. Curiosity got the better of me and now those minutes are gone forever. Luckily for me, my flight ex CHC is running late so Iíve spent those minutes in the...
Oct 20, 19, 8:01 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 2,828
Posted By gratn

You can overcome that by using the multi-stop...

You can overcome that by using the multi-stop booking function or by calling Air NZ and booking over the phone (you must just need to battle an attempt to charge you a fee for doing so).
Oct 12, 19, 4:34 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 3,046
Posted By gratn

This is good - and long overdue - news. The...

This is good - and long overdue - news. The screening was a pointless joke and when I went through it last month it seemed like the agents were going through the motions.
Sep 30, 19, 12:39 am
Replies: 26
Views: 4,866
Posted By gratn

I agree with the comments above. As a personal...

I agree with the comments above. As a personal data point for J class flights to Europe, in the last 12 months Iíve paid $12k on NZ, $8.5k on SQ and $6.3k on QR. Of the three, the hard product and...
Sep 28, 19, 2:27 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,586
Posted By gratn

I quite like the SQ lounge. Itís usually quieter,...

I quite like the SQ lounge. Itís usually quieter, so is worth a visit if the NZ lounge is busy. That said, I like the NZ lounge these days so tend to use it.
Sep 20, 19, 11:59 pm
Replies: 30
Views: 6,241
Posted By gratn

Ditto, even though I did NZ1/NZ5.

Ditto, even though I did NZ1/NZ5.
Sep 19, 19, 3:02 am
Replies: 48
Views: 14,699
Posted By gratn

Better today

Hi all

Iím currently on NZ5, after taking NZ1 from LHR. The transit in LAX was good today with no X on my ticket from the machine - this saved roughly an hour as there had been no line for the...
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