Air New Zealand is offering a particularly good Cyber Monday sale today, with $400 off all flights and routes if you book today, by 11:59 PM Pacific Time. In addition to serving the South Pacific, Air New Zealand also has a fifth freedom route from Los Angeles to London. The total cost of an economy class fare on this route can be as low as $490.50 with today’s sale. (HT to Heels First Travel)
I was curious if it would be possible to combine this offer with a recent United status match offer. However, the United status match requires that you earn a certain number of Premier Qualifying Miles on United-operated planes. Air New Zealand will help you qualify as normal but will not meet the challenge.
A more important issue is that some flights may not earn any miles at all. The cheapest fare is a K fare, which does not earn any miles on United when issued by another carrier. (If you could get United to sell you a K fare on Air New Zealand, no problem, but you need to book with Air New Zealand to get this particular discount.)
But remember that this is an across-the-board sale. You could buy up to Air New Zealand’s well-regarded premium economy cabin and still save. The total cost would be $1,245.10 for the dates I checked, and it books as an A fare. This category does earn 100% PQM and 100% award miles if credited to United MileagePlus.
I’ve used London as an example here because the fares are the lowest, but this sale applies to travel to the South Pacific, too!