Decent last minute business class award space to Australia + New Zealand from SFO

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I’ve been seeing last minute award space start to trickle back. ANA seems to be releasing award space last minute in business class to SFO, LAX, ORD and one of the most unicorn of all redemptions…New Zealand and Australia has a decent amount of award space. Shockingly, United hasn’t devalued this award space yet, so if you’re sitting on a pile of miles, and can leave on a last minute trip – this could be a great use of them. Let’s take a look – some are direct on either United or Air New Zealand while some connect in Australia so you could make this your destination as well.

Here’s a look at SFO to SYD for 2 people

a screenshot of a calendarYou can see here the difference in pricing

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SYD to SFO for two people

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SFO to AKL – note this is for 2 people

a screenshot of a calendarHere’s how it breaks down price wise and some example connections

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And AKL to SFO – for 2 people as well

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And the break down

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Overall – this will book quickly

Australia and New Zealand are two of the most difficult places to fly to with award space and these will undoubtedly get booked quickly.

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  • Todd May 28, 2023

    Hi Zach, I bought the book. I found it to be very interesting and I look forward to applying it in the future. I am a mileage newbie, but very diligent. When it comes to traveling, I’ve been to 22 countries and for the life of me, I could not apply any miles this summer to the following itineraries San Francisco to Paris Montenegro to Istanbul and Istanbul to Sydney.
    Did I mention I am a mileage newbie. We have 210,000 sky miles and 80,000 Chase preferred. Our most important destinations are San Francisco to Sydney-and back.
    I know you’ve mentioned that getting to Australia is a tough gig, but can you recommend some strategies for the future? Love the TiKToc. Todd

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