New Zealand – November 2015

Air New Zealand Business Premier 777-200 Review – NZ103 Auckland to Sydney

After enjoying my Air New Zealand Premium Economy experience on the way over to Auckland, I was excited to check out their long-haul Business Class product.

Air New Zealand are renowned for not releasing any partner award space in Business Class to book using partner frequent flyer program points, which makes it almost impossible to find a points redemption opportunity.

As such, Air New Zealand Airpoints are probably about the only way the points-traveller will get to enjoy Business Class without paying full-fare. This is what you’ll find if you do travel in Business Premier. Continue reading…

Air New Zealand Premium Economy 777-200 Review – NZ104 Sydney to Auckland

I’ve long been intrigued by Air New Zealand, having not flown with them at all – until now! They control premium cabin points redemption seats extremely tightly, so Premium Economy and Business Class flights are rarely available using points.

The exception to this is when booking with Air New Zealand’s own frequent flyer program – Air New Zealand Airpoints. However Airpoints Dollars do not offer fixed price redemptions. Instead you can redeem them at a variable rate based on the cost of the flight.

As part of the Point Hacks New Zealand launch, I figured I had to check out Air New Zealand’s long-haul cabins with a trip across the Tasman to Auckland, and see if Air New Zealand’s inflight experience is worth using hard cash or Airpoints Dollars for. Continue reading…