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Book fast: United business class award space to New Zealand and beyond for 60,000 miles – The Points Guy

by Arifa Rana

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As New Zealand will be opening to vaccinated tourists from the U.S. on May 1, now is an exciting time to be planning a trip to Middle Earth.
Right now, United is offering flights to cities throughout New Zealand for 60,000 miles one-way in business class with widespread availability. Of all the destinations, Wellington has the most availability.
But this isn’t just a sale to New Zealand. You can also find open award space at that same 60,000-mile price to other really interesting destinations throughout Asia, Europe and the South Pacific, including Athens, Greece; Dubai; and the Maldives, according to Dan’s Deals and our own searches.
Note that, at least for now, this deal is specifically for those who already have a large United MileagePlus balance.
The award space is not available through partner airlines and Chase Ultimate Rewards is currently experiencing issues with point transfers both online and over the phone.
Let’s take a closer look at this award space.
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Airline: United Airlines.
Routes: Many U.S. cities to New Zealand (Christchurch, Queenstown and Wellington) and various cities across Asia and Europe.
How to book: Search and book on united.com.
Price: 60,000 miles plus about $50 in taxes and fees one-way.
Travel dates
: May 2022-March 2023.
Related: How to get to (and stay in) New Zealand on points and miles
As you can likely tell from the examples, these 60,000-mile deals typically involve a connection on a partner airline, so may not be the most direct routing in some cases. Also note that the partner segments may be in economy on some of the itineraries, which likely isn’t a big deal for the shorter segments but it is something to be aware of. In the case of the Maldives example above, the segment from Istanbul to Male that is displayed in economy is an eight-hour flight.
Additionally, while many of the New Zealand flights connect through Sydney, you, unfortunately, won’t be able to snag a one-way from the U.S. to Sydney for 60,000 United miles.
One-way flights from the U.S. to Sydney start at 92,500 miles in business class if the miles are coming from a Premier Platinum or Premier 1K member or 200,000 miles if the miles are coming from a non-Platinum/1K account. And even if you’re a Platinum or 1K member, the 92,500-mile award space (in the IN fare class) is extremely limited.
There are fantastic booking opportunities for long-haul travel in business class; just be sure you are paying attention to each segment to be sure that routing works for you.
If you’re short on United miles, you have several options to top off your account. Given that timing is of the essence, I will obviously exclude MileagePlus cobranded Chase credit cards because it takes time to earn and receive your sign-up bonus. (Though it’s a good idea to earn some miles so you are ready for a future booking opportunity.)
Here are some ways that you can build up your MileagePlus balance a bit faster:
Related: The best credit cards for United Airlines flyers
When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare and offers travel protection in case anything goes wrong.
Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American ExpressChase Sapphire Reserve and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
Although you can’t use this 60,000-mile business-class deal to go to Sydney as a final destination (even though you’ll be transiting through the airport), we’re thrilled to see United offer these well-priced business-class award tickets to a variety of cities around the globe. This deal is sweetened because United doesn’t have fuel surcharges, so you’ll only need to pay around $50 or less in taxes and fees for most of these bookings.
If you’re booking a round-trip or multicity award flight, consider using the Excursionist Perk to get a “free” flight so that you can visit multiple places on one ticket.
Most importantly, book now and figure the rest out later. These 60,000-mile business-class seats won’t last long.
Featured photo by Kyle Olsen/The Points Guy.
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