This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Great news for West Coast readers! United just announced plans to launch service to Auckland, New Zealand and Tel Aviv. Both flights will be operated by the airline’s brand new 787-9 Dreamliner, which currently flies ultra-long-haul routes, such as Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia.

United 787-9 seat map.
United 787-9 seat map.

United’s 787-9 Dreamliner includes 48 flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst, 88 seats in Economy Plus and 116 seats in the standard economy cabin. All rows include on-demand seat-back entertainment, power outlets and USB ports. All 787-9s are equipped with satellite Wi-Fi.

The BusinessFirst seat United uses on its Dreamliners.
The BusinessFirst seat United uses on its Dreamliners.

Tel Aviv service will launch first, on March 30, 2016. Flights will operate three days a week — United 954 will depart San Francisco at 8:00pm on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in Tel Aviv at 8:10pm the next day. On the return, United 955 will depart Tel Aviv at 12:55am on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arriving in San Francisco at 6:00am the same day. Flight times will be about 14 hours to Tel Aviv and 15 hours back to San Francisco.

Auckland, New Zealand skyline.
Auckland, New Zealand skyline.

Daily Auckland service, meanwhile, will begin on July 1, 2016. United 917 will depart San Francisco at 10:45pm each day, arriving in Auckland at 6:55am two days later. The return, United 916, will depart Auckland at 1:20pm and arrive in San Francisco at 6:40am on the same day. Flight times will be roughly 13 hours to Auckland and about 12.5 hours on the return.

United also recently announced service to Xi’an, China, which begins May 8, 2016. The Tel Aviv and Xi’an flights will be available to book beginning October 10, while the Auckland flight will be available to book beginning October 17. United flights to Israel require 42,500 miles each way in economy and 70,000 miles each way in business each way. Flights to China require 35,000 miles in economy and 70,000 miles in business. Flights to New Zealand, meanwhile, require 40,000 miles in economy and 70,000 miles in business.

2018 TPG Award Winner: Mid-Tier Card of the Year
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card



CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 60,000 points are worth $750 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
Regular APR
18.24% - 25.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit

Know before you go.

News and deals straight to your inbox every day.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.