Per koika on FlyerTalk, Air New Zealand has some incredible business class fares between Australia and Los Angeles with wide open availability. You can fly roundtrip business class from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc., for under $1,000 roundtrip. This includes travel over peak dates in December, January, etc.
Unfortunately the fare isn’t available in the other direction, so you do need to originate in Australia to take advantage of this. However, even if you’re based in the US, it could make sense to just use this ticket for the return portion of your trip from Australia to the US, and then throw away the return. After all, it’s not often you’ll find a one-way business class from Australia to the US for under $1,000.
This books into the “Z” fare class. Here’s a link that shows all the loyalty programs that these fares can be credited to. For most programs this credits somewhere around 125-200% elite qualifying miles.
Air New Zealand has a solid herringbone business class product on their 777s. While it’s not my favorite hard product, I’ve had good experiences with their service in the past, so would fly them again in a heartbeat, especially at this price.
This won’t last, so book ASAP if you’re interested. Given how low these fares are, I also wouldn’t make any non-refundable plans around these flights yet. You never know if they’ll honor these fares or not.
Anyone able to take advantage of these amazing fares?
(Tip of the hat to Sheng)