Earn American Bonus Miles For Travel To New Zealand

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.

American-787
American 787

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.

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Auckland, New Zealand

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.

American-Bonus-Miles

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.

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American 787 business class

(Tip of the hat to frequentflyer bonuses)

Comments

  1. @Zach
    Had to cancel the ticket; but on the plus side; the same fare is available at this point.

  2. Im flying LAX-MEL-AKL on Qantas and then AA AKL-LAX, as a round trip ticket. Would this count or no?

  3. Hey Lucky, in the paragraph above the picture, I think you may have meant to say “isn’t”. Thanks again! And do let me know if you’d prefer not to have such corrections in the comments 🙂

  4. August may not be peak session in New Zealand (being winter), but it’s a peak travel season for people with school age children, being summer break from school through until the end of August in many (if not most) states in the US.

    I usually end up paying a premium when traveling to Australia with my son in June or July.

  5. Off topic. Over on FT, there’s a speculative report (but source I believe is fairly reliable) about PEY. As per that report, upgrades will align with other airlines…EY to PEY, PEY, to JCL, etc.

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