Emirates all A380 service from New Zealand adds incredible value to frequent flyer miles

  • December 23, 2016

With Emirates’ all-A380 services, there’s now even more choices to get incredible value out of your frequent flyer miles.

Emirates has for some years been a significant player in the New Zealand and Trans-Tasman market offering travellers a glimpse into a luxury airline on a route otherwise dominated by the usual national carriers. As of 31 October 2016, Emirates adjusted its New Zealand flights, replacing all 777 aircraft with their flagship A380s, offering private suites, showers, wi-fi and an onboard lounge.

There have also been alterations to routing and travel options.



Emirates used to operate a single service routing from CHC – SYD – BKK – DXB, which resulted in a relatively long journey time for Christchurch passengers wishing to travel to Dubai.

This service was recently replaced by the A380 and changes will see the sector just operate CHC-SYD-DXB, dropping the Bangkok stopover.


After 31 October, services will remain the same but there will be an additional service from AKL – SYD – BKK – DXB, providing a streamlined option for Auckland travellers wishing to reach Bangkok. The non-stop Dubai service was replaced with an A380 as opposed to the 777 for the 17 hour long journey.

Emriates ICE IFE

These changes have all been upgraded to A380s, providing full-flat Business Class, private suites in First Class, an onboard shower and a luxurious onboard lounge.

Emirates a380 lounge

This opens up new options for Christchurch travellers, who were otherwise unable to experience such a luxurious product. Emirates Economy, Business or First Class can be easily redeemed from a number of frequent flyer programs. The most significant thing to note is that Air New Zealand doesn’t offer a First Class cabin on any of their flights, so Emirates’ updated services open up a number of opportunities to indulge in a world unlike any other.

emirates a 380 business class seat

Here are some possible ways to redeem your miles for travel on these exclusive products. For just 54,000 miles (one-way) you’ll have the chance to shower at 39,000 ft. and arrive invigorated after a rest in a private suite.

New Zealand – Australia Return (Business Class)

  • Emirates – 72,500 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Qantas – 72,000 Qantas Points
  • Air New Zealand – 1,720 AirPoints Dollars

New Zealand – Australia Return (First Class)

  • Emirates – 108,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Qantas – 108,000 Qantas Points (Emirates aircraft)
  • Air New Zealand – NO FIRST CLASS

New Zealand – United Kingdom Return (Business Class)

  • Emirates – 256,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Qantas – 256,000 Qantas Points
  • Air New Zealand – 9,872 AirPoints Dollars

New Zealand – United Kingdom Return (First Class)

  • Emirates – 384,000 Emirates Skywards Miles
  • Qantas – 384,000 Qantas Points
  • Air New Zealand – NO FIRST CLASS

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