Back in April 2016 there was an incredible fare sale for a few hours with tickets from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland, New Zealand priced as low as $225 round trip. I purchased a round trip ticket for $238 for SFO-SYD-AKL-SYD-SFO. The time for my trip has come around. As an AAdvantage Executive Platinum member, I’ll be sampling some First Class lounges in San Francisco, Sydney and Auckland.
The difference with this trip is the long haul is economy class cabin. My previous trips down under were First Class award flights with British Airways to Australia and First Class ticket with Air New Zealand to Auckland.
Originally I wanted to go to South Island to Queenstown, but I could not find hotel deals there. My plan is hang around Auckland a couple days and kick back in Napier, New Zealand for most of the week. Temperature is forecast to be in the 80s. Sounds like beach weather to me. Best of all is I will skip the Daylight Savings change Sunday with sunset moving to around 5pm in California for New Zealand with sunset after 8pm.
I expect much of my writing and photo focus for articles over the next week will be impressions of New Zealand. I visited Auckland and Bay of Islands in 2005. New Zealand impressed me as one of the world’s most beautiful places.
I won’t be staying in any fancy hotels. I am using the week to re-qualify for Choice Privileges Platinum elite at 20 nights in 2016.
The only 2005 photo from our previous trip to New Zealand I found on Loyalty Traveler has my mug shot intruding on the beautiful scenery of Bay of Islands.
Loyalty Traveler Travels – November 2016
New Zealand – North Island Auckland and Napier