American is launching daily nonstop Boeing 787-8 flights between Los Angeles and Auckland as of June 23, 2016. This is an exciting new route which is being operated as part of American’s joint venture with Qantas, and nicely complements their Los Angeles to Sydney flight, which launched last December.
As is the norm when American launches a new route, they have an offer for bonus points if you fly the route within the first few months.
AAdvantage members who fly on American’s new flight between Los Angeles and Auckland between August 15 and October 31, 2016, can earn up to 30,000 bonus miles. Oddly you don’t earn bonus miles for flying the route between when it launches and August 14, which seems a bit odd, given that it’s winter in New Zealand, which isn’t peak season.
The promotion is valid for up to two roundtrips. You earn 15,000 bonus miles for travel on business class fares, while you earn 2,500 bonus miles for travel on select economy fares. Eligible economy fares include tickets booked in Y, H, K, M, L, W, V, G, Q, N, O or S.
Registration is required prior to travel using promotion code AKL16, and unfortunately only tickets booked on May 23 or later are eligible for the bonus. I always think that’s a very unfriendly restriction on the part of airlines, since they’re basically punishing those who book in advance.
This promotion certainly isn’t a reason to book a ticket on the new flight (especially in business class, as I haven’t yet seen any reasonable fares, and frankly don’t expect we’ll see any). But if you’re going to fly the route anyway, you might as well earn some bonus miles.
(Tip of the hat to frequentflyer bonuses)