This Limited-Edition Airline Amenity Has Me Craving a Trip to New Zealand, And Here’s How to Go With Miles
I’m usually not one to pursue airline and hotel gear, but I would love to get my hands on Air New Zealand’s “Bird Mask”. The airline partnered with Allbirds, which claims to make the world’s most comfortable shoes, to create the new eye mask. The Bird Mask looks like something I would want to wear again and again, which of course is the airline’s goal. So far, my favorite eye mask was from British Airways First Class service. And I use it every night.
Million Mile Secret Agents know you can transfer Chase points from cards like the Chase Sapphire Reserve® to United Airlines to fly on its partner Air New Zealand for free flights (and eye masks!)
How To Get Air New Zealand’s Bird Mask
To get the new Bird Mask, you’ll have to fly Air New Zealand’s Business class flights on various North American routes throughout October.
The rumored routes include the following Air New Zealand’s nonstop flights:
- Houston (IAH) to Auckland (AKL)
- Los Angeles (LAX) to Auckland (AKL)
- San Francisco (SFO)to Auckland (AKL)
- Vancouver (YVR) to Auckland (AKL)
- Los Angeles (LAX) and London Heathrow (LHR)
Book Air New Zealand With United Miles
You can use United miles to book these flights to Auckland. For example, I found Saver Awards on October 24, 2018, from Auckland to Los Angeles for 90,000 United miles and ~$38 in taxes and fees.
If you don’t have enough United miles in your account, you can transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points for free at a 1:1 ratio. Currently, the best credit cards to earn Chase points are the Ink Business Preferred℠ Credit Card and the Chase Sapphire Reserve®.
Book Air New Zealand With AMEX Points
You can also transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to book the flights. If you’re short on points, you can earn up to 75,000 points with The Business Platinum® Card from American Express OPEN. Then, you can transfer those American Express Membership Rewards points to Aeroplan and book a flight. For example, I found award flights on October 24, 2018, from Auckland to Los Angeles for 80,000 Aeroplan miles and ~50 Canadian dollars in taxes and fees.