This is a fantastic and rare opportunity…
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Fiji Airways awards to & from the United States wide open
Fiji is a beautiful country, though getting there on miles & points can be challenging. While Fiji Airways flies to a few destinations in the United States (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu), the airline doesn’t often release business class awards… except now.
At the moment Fiji Airways has seemingly opened the floodgates for business class award availability. In the past you could often go a year without finding award space, while at the moment many days have award space, including over peak periods.
Ideally you’ll want to book the Los Angeles to Nadi route on the Airbus A350, as this features Fiji Airways’ new fully flat business class product with direct aisle access. Fiji Airways’ A330s, on the other hand, feature angled seats, which aren’t nearly as comfortable. All flights to San Francisco, as well as some flights to Los Angeles, are operated by the A330.
If you don’t want to make Fiji your final destination, you can use this award availability to connect to Australia or New Zealand, as Fiji Airways flies to Auckland, Melbourne, and Sydney.
Redeem Alaska or American miles on Fiji Airways
Your two best bets for booking these seats are Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan and American Airlines AAdvantage:
- Alaska Mileage Plan charges 55,000 miles for Fiji Airways one-way business class, regardless of whether you travel to Fiji, Australia, or New Zealand; you can even have a stopover in Fiji enroute to Australia or New Zealand at no extra cost
- American AAdvantage charges 80,000 miles for Fiji Airways one-way business class, regardless of whether you travel to Fiji, Australia, or New Zealand; however, if you want a stopover of more than 24 hours in Fiji, you’ll have to book that as two separate awards
These awards can be ticketed directly on the Alaska or American websites. Both airlines also have award calendars, allowing you to see availability for a month at a time. Both airlines offer free award redeposits, so you can lock in an award now, and then cancel later if your plans change.
At the moment Fiji Airways has long haul business class award availability, which is incredibly rare. This is a fantastic use of Alaska Mileage Plan and American AAdvantage miles. This could be useful if you’re hoping to visit Australia or New Zealand, if you want to visit beautiful Fiji, or both.
Anyone plan on booking a Fiji Airways business class award?
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)