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Is it better to fly through America or Asia to Europe from New Zealand?
Looking to fly in July, and wondering about safety/electronics (what will Trump do next?). If America, is TBIT at LAX or SFO better to transit internationally?
Almost certainly Asia, based on routes/frequencies. I would actually never recommend the US for international connections if there were any other option, as we don’t have sterile transit, you may need a visa, and it’s generally a hassle.
The only scenario where I would considered flying true the US might be worth it is if you are going to London and find a great sales price on the Air New Zealand route true LAX. This of course assume you have at the very least Visa Waiver plus ESTA in order anyway.
Any other destination in Europe and you would end up either connecting in London or flying on US metal on top of all the reasons Tiffany mentioned above. Plenty of other good 1 stop options to continental Europe true Asia with all 3 alliances.
And the X-factor is of course if the electronics ban ends up being extended to Europe.