American Airlines adds non-stop flight from South Island to USA

In big news announced on Monday American Airlines will be adding two new routes to New Zealand. As part of OneWorld, you’ll be able to use your Qantas Frequent Flyer Points for these flights.

Mainlanders can rejoice as one of those flights will be direct from the South Island to the USA, cutting travel time and cost by hours! No more Domestic to International hopping!

The two routes commencing in October 2020 are:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth to Auckland on Wed, Fri and Sun from October 25, 2020, for a month and then daily from December 21, 2020, through to March 2021.
  • Los Angeles to Christchurch on Wed, Fri and Sun from October 2020 to March 2021

Auckland will be serviced by a three-class 787-900 with 30 Flagship Business seats, 21 Premium Economy and the remainder Economy, whilst Christchurch will be serviced by a 787-800.

Flying into Dallas/Fort Worth will allow Kiwis to access 70 major cities in the USA alone.

The announcement comes about as a result of the agreement between Qantas and American Airlines that occurred in July 2019, allowing both airlines to act as “one” between Australia/New Zealand and the USA. American Airlines is eyeing New Zealand as an in-bound tourism opportunity.

You’ll be able to secure your seats via both Qantas and American Airlines, making Qantas Frequent Flyer Points a more attractive proposition than ever.

With Air New Zealand working to commence service into New York in a years time, you can expect some aggressive pricing from the airlines for USA bound passengers.

Will you be one of the first to fly the new routes?

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