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The Ground has Shifted- Air NZ Business class awards now available on United.com

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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:20 am
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The Ground has Shifted- Air NZ Business class awards now available on United.com

One of the aspirational uses of UA miles has been restored.
Over on the NZ website, someone asked about how to obtain seating after obtaining a business class award thru UA.
Startling change from the recent past, but I just checked.
For instance, Monday April 4 shows business saver availability (80K OW, $30) on NZ1.
Didnt go past the initial page to see if it has phantom aspects
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:29 am
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Originally Posted by luckypierre View Post
One of the aspirational uses of UA miles has been restored.
Over on the NZ website, someone asked about how to obtain seating after obtaining a business class award thru UA.
Startling change from the recent past, but I just checked.
For instance, Monday April 4 shows business saver availability (80K OW, $30) on NZ1.
Didn't go past the initial page to see if it has phantom aspects
Yes, it is true. I booked LHR-LAX business class last week on united.com for travel at the end of March. 70K OW.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:32 am
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But today there are actually awards available LAX-AKL. Haven't tried booking one. I noted there is no availability on the return.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:40 am
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Finally!!!! Yes!
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:41 am
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Is it actually bookable to NZ?

With the state of UA.sux today I'd assume it's erroneous.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:46 am
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If this is true I'd attribute it to NZ finally opening up award space on its flights much more than UA making any changes on its systems.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:48 am
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Originally Posted by mduell View Post
Is it actually bookable to NZ?

With the state of UA.sux today I'd assume it's erroneous.
They're bookable on aeroplan too so I'd assume it's legit.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:51 am
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I just booked a Biz award SFO-AKL nonstop and back on NZ metal on the UA website. 160,000 miles and $69.96 in taxes. I have a UA confirmation number and am now waiting for the rez to ticket. Woohoo ... so far

Update: UA website now says "This reservation has been ticketed and confirmed.".
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Old Feb 8, 16, 11:56 am
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This is really fantastic news - hope it stays this way!
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Old Feb 8, 16, 12:50 pm
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I hope UA Insider conveys this info to the MP team -- that customers actually care and like it when the awards they are promised can be searched online. Not like the weasely tactic of making people phone in, just to make it technically a little bit harder and have people redeem less as an underhanded barrier.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 1:05 pm
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A pretty interesting read about the squeeze in J on NZ's 787s:
https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/20...iness-premier/
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Old Feb 8, 16, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by FlytheTail View Post
A pretty interesting read about the squeeze in J on NZ's 787s:
https://www.runwaygirlnetwork.com/20...iness-premier/
Just FYI Air NZ don't fly the 787 to North America.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 1:40 pm
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It has in the past, and may do again. http://airlineroute.net/2015/01/30/nz-lax-sep15/
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Old Feb 8, 16, 2:09 pm
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Originally Posted by LGACIC View Post
It has in the past, and may do again. http://airlineroute.net/2015/01/30/nz-lax-sep15/
It may do again, but the current config with smaller premium cabins is designed for the Asian routes, not North America which has high loadings in PE and BP.

The September flights occurred because of the refit program for the 77E, and was at a time where two aircraft were out of service. The upgrade is now complete.
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Old Feb 8, 16, 3:15 pm
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Originally Posted by sbiddle View Post
Just FYI Air NZ don't fly the 787 to North America.
They replace the 767 AKL to HNL with a 787 in a couple of months.
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