Booking New Zealand & Australia using Alaska Airlines Miles
Flying to New Zealand & Australia from the US is a long haul so using miles/points to fly in Business Class makes a huge difference. There are sweet spots in various airline award charts and I was able to take advantage of 1 of them for an upcoming trip.
Alaska Airlines offers Qantas awards from the US to New Zealand and/or Australia for 55,000 miles in Business each way. Alaska is very generous with their stopover rules which allows for 1 stopover on a one-way ticket. I needed to fly from the US to New Zealand, but why not add Sydney as the final destination and Auckland as a stopover at no extra cost. I was able to book a flight from SFO (San Francisco) to AKL (Auckland) via MEL (Melbourne). I’ll travel around New Zealand then fly to SYD (Sydney). Two flights in Business and 1 in Coach for the price of 1 award ticket.
SFO-MEL-AKL(long stopover)-SYD in Business Class for 55,000 Alaska Miles & $87.70 in taxes/fees. This is an excellent value given the paid price is $5,441 therefore a value of $0.097 per mile 🙂
It will be my first time flying Qantas on a long haul flight. Flying in their newest Business Class seat on their 787 Dreamliner should be an excellent way to get to Australia.
Have you redeemed miles for New Zealand or Australia? If so, comment below.