American Airlines Expands New Zealand Routes

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American Airlines announced they’re expanding service to New Zealand with two new routes. They’re adding new Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC next October in addition to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to Auckland, New Zealand (AKL).

Per American Airlines,

A trip to the breathtaking landscape of the majestic Southern Alps will become much shorter when American Airlines launches the only nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Christchurch, New Zealand (CHC), next October. The airline is also adding the only direct service between Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Auckland, New Zealand (AKL), which will increase connecting opportunities for more customers across the United States.

These routes are a direct result of the recently approved joint business with Qantas, which delivers new customer benefits like enhanced codeshare opportunities and increased frequent flyer benefits for American and Qantas customers.

American will fly to CHC three times per week from October 2020 through March 2021 on a Boeing 787-8. The 787-8 features 20 Flagship Business seats and 28 Premium Economy seats, providing additional comfort for the 13-hour flight. The aircraft offers a variety of entertainment options for customers, with access to power at every seat, live television, and hundreds of movies, music, games and TV shows.

American currently operates seasonal service from LAX to AKL and will add new service from DFW next year. Flights will be operated with American’s state-of-the-art 787-9, with 30 Flagship Business seats and 21 Premium Economy seats. New flights from DFW to AKL will enable new one-stop connections to New Zealand from more than 70 cities across the United States.

If you’re looking to redeem your American Airlines miles or other credit card points for these new routes, consider using the Juicy Miles award booking service, who can help you redeem for the lowest amount of miles.

Check out the other recently announced new routes:

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