Air New Zealand is having an incredible sale or error fare from Chicago to Australia in Business Class for $1,500 USD round-trip. It looks like the deal works until the end of the year and you can find availability using Google Flights and then proceed to book your desired itinerary.
What’s great about this deal is that most flights seem to book into Business “Z” class which earns 150-200% miles with some Star Alliance frequent flyer programmes – so this is a great way to earn a ton of elite qualifying miles and redeemable miles. Air New Zealand features a decent Business Class product with great service and delicious catering, so I would for sure fly them over Air Canada or United Airlines. You might even be able to get Star Alliance Gold Status with this simple round-trip by crediting to some programmes which are quite generous with awarding miles for premium fares. Star Alliance Gold includes lounge access, extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, priority check-in, and more.
This deal won’t last long, so be sure to book now. To maximise your miles, you should use the American Express Platinum Card which earns 5 Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on airfare or the Chase Sapphire Reserve which earns 3 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent on travel.
If you missed out on the incredible Cathay Pacific error fare from earlier, then you have another shot at booking a great airline with a good Business Class product. I suggest you do not make any non-refundable travel plans (such as hotels or connecting flights) until Air New Zealand announces that they won’t cancel these tickets since this is more of an error fare than a sale.