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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency, such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.
This is an unbelievable deal, and even if you don’t live in Australia or Los Angeles, you should take a good hard look at this one. Air New Zealand is currently selling business class seats for its flights from Sydney (SYD) and Brisbane (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX) for just $944 round-trip.
The trick is that you must originate in Australia, not Los Angeles, which might make you think this deal isn’t useful. However, this price is so good that you might consider booking the round-trip starting in Australia to use for a return leg, and then book a flight to Australia using points, possibly even in economy. Then you can just throw away the return leg of the business class ticket and not use it — that’s not a maneuver we recommend doing on a regular basis, but it certainly shouldn’t be an issue if you do it just this one time. Air New Zealand has fully flat inward-facing herringbone business class seats with direct aisle access, so this is an incredible price even if you only use it in one direction.
We’re seeing these fares from October through May with quite a bit of availability, so just use Google Flights to find the dates you want, then book on Orbitz or Expedia (clicking through from Google Flights to Air New Zealand seems to cause the flights to reprice, so you’ll want to avoid doing it that way). All of these itineraries have one reasonable connection in Aukland, New Zealand (AKL). This deal will not last long, so book immediately!
Airline: Air New Zealand
Routes: SYD/BNE to LAX
Cost: $944+ round-trip in business
Dates: October 2017-May 2018
Booking Link: Orbitz or Expedia
Pay With: Chase Sapphire Reserve, Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or Chase Sapphire Preferred (2x on travel)
Here are a few examples of what you can book:
Sydney, Australia (SYD) to Los Angeles (LAX) for AU$1,188 (~US$944) round-trip in November 2017 via Expedia:
Sydney, Australia (SYD) to Los Angeles (LAX) for AU$1,188 (~US$944) round-trip in February 2018 via Expedia:
Brisbane, Australia (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX) for AU$1,189 (~US$944) round-trip in March 2018 via Expedia:
Brisbane, Australia (BNE) to Los Angeles (LAX) for AU$1,190 (~US$945) round-trip in June 2018 via Expedia:
Maximize Your Purchase
Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as the Chase Sapphire Reserve, or Citi Prestige (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.
If you’re able to score one of these tickets, please share the good news in the comments below!
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