Member since 25 Jan 2012
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So i'm heading to the US at the end of the year - looking at leaving Boxing Day. I have a truckload of velocity points ~650,000 to burn, so looking at options for using them. Leaving from Perth and open to where i end up in the US - though ideally LAX or SFO.
Member since 30 Aug 2013
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Boxing Day is one of the busiest, if not THE busiest travel day of the year. Whatever you can find that is available now, book it. You won't have the luxury of lots of routing and carrier options.
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Member since 04 Nov 2011
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Agreed, you would have next to no chance getting seats on Boxing Day. It is the busiest day of the year.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
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Note that you can no longer book Air New Zealand long-haul flights using Velocity points: only NZ domestic and trans-Tasman flights, so for that you'd need to convert to KrisFlyer (but NZ doesn't release a great deal of reward seats anyway).There's usually no problem getting seats on Boxing Day with Singapore Airlines if you plan ahead (when SQ's Australian flights were loaded into the system for Boxing Day this year, each had 4+ business class reward seats available to KrisFlyer members, but that was months ago, and many of them will have been snapped up now).I would suggest searching for Gold Coast-Hong Kong with Hong Kong Airlines (a Velocity partner which can be booked online, so no need to call), and then booking Hong Kong-LAX also with Hong Kong Airlines. Depending on the website's quirks you may be able to book this as one itinerary or may need to split onto two separate tickets (so perhaps add a night in HKG in between to be safe). Usually very good availability in business class on both sectors as there isn't a lot of competition for those reward seats from other programs due to HKA's limited partnerships.They fly an A330 from the Gold Coast and an A350 on HKG-LAX: both have 1-2-1 fully-flat beds and direct aisle access, and through Velocity the co-payment amounts are very low.It's a good option to keep up your sleeve, because although Velocity doesn't partner with HKA on those LAX flights in terms of earning points and status credits, there's nothing stopping you from booking those flights using points when seats are available.
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