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New Zealand Bound
Hi, I’m new to the forum and fairly new to the traveling with points game. My in-laws are going to be living in New Zealand for the next couple years, and my husband and I would love to visit them while they’re there. From what I have read, flights to New Zealand using reward points need to be booked pretty far in advance. Is this right? If so, what is the quickest way to earn points that can get us there. I’d like to start the process ASAP but am unsure of the best way (or any way, for that matter) to go about it. Can somebody give me some tips for flying to NZ for free??
Tickets to OZ/NZ are always tricky in premium cabins. In coach it is doable. Last Christmas we burned 500k Skymiles for 5 passengers to OZ (would have been same to NZ). It was long but manageable in coach. So keep your options open. AMEX can transfer to Aeroplan which will have availability for UA/AC. Delta Skymiles are generally not very useful but availability through Virgin Australia tends to be good in advance and you can book all the way through to NZ. 160k per person in business. Those same flights are currently cheaper when booking through Virgin American elevate (currently an Amex transfer bonus going on). You’ll need to get a credit card bonus or 2 through signups to get the ball rolling.