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Air New Zealand Auckland San Francisco: Business Back Up Over

Air New Zealand Auckland San Francisco Flight Review is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.

Finding flights from Australia to the US in business is difficult. Finding availability from Auckland to the US is not. In addition, finding flights on a premium carrier like Air New Zealand is much easier than trying to find Qantas from Australia. In the end, it took 80k Aeroplan miles to get home.


The walk from the domestic terminal to the international one is ridiculous. It takes forever. There are streets signs along the way pinpointing how much longer you have to go.

a sign post with barbed wire and a building

Checking In

What a nice experience it was checking in. There’s a separate lounge and private elevator for business class customers. a sign with purple lights a white wall with purple lights a room with a desk and chairs


The cabin looked like an artist’s canvas. It was more spacious than the Black Mamba I flew from Auckland to Shanghai as part of my Tahiti Triumph trip report.

a white sign with black text and numbers
SSSS per usual

airplanes parked on a runway a row of seats in an airplane a seat on an airplane a seat with a pillow and a bottle on the side of it


The champagne is not Krug but the OJ is fresh. A nice mimosa is the way all flights should start (see Get Ready to Takeoff: The World’s Best Champagne).a glass of orange juice next to a glass of water


As I wrote in my Bike Wine Tour, Blenheim is not the place for bubbles. It is for pinot noir and sauvignon blanc. ANZ offers both and I took them up on that offer.a plate of food and a glass of wine


The burger wasn’t as good as I recall from my previous ANZ flight. I like that it’s offered over the standard business class dry steak.a table with food on it and a television a burger and tomatoes on a plate


What a weird cheese spread. There was jalapeño jack in the mix.a tv on a table with food on it


Standard chocolate ice cream.a close up of food


Breakfast was not good. Way too much yogurt on the fruit and nothing creative about the eggs.a croissant and a glass of liquid a bowl of fruit with whipped cream a plate of food with ketchup and eggs


I always appreciate Caddyshack on a plane. My other go to (besides Black-ish) is Family Guy, but for some reason they only had Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes. Crazy Rich Asians is a terrible movie. Crazy Ballin’ Arabs due out in theaters in 2020.

a golf ball on the grass a tv screen with blue text


The flight attendant made the bed, and I had the best sleep I can recall on a plane. The seat isn’t as wide as Cathay First, but the combination of the duvet and three fluffy pillows puts it up there with any other carrier.a bed with a blanket and pillows in a plane

Amenities Kit

I do not like it when they offer single use toothpaste. I rely on business class flights to stock up on travel toothpaste. Why offer a huge mouthwash and small toothpaste?a bag with a lotion and a hand sanitizer on it

The socks, per usual, were stylish.a person's feet in a chair


Business class is more than fancy food and a bed. It’s also the personal service. ANZ did a great job providing that.Air New Zealand Auckland San Francisco Flight Review


Initially, I couldn’t find award availability from Australia. I’m happy I checked ANZ, and I’m happy I had the chance to fly them again.



  1. Thanks for the review. I’m flying ORD-AKL-MEL-AKL-ORD in business class in August. It’ll be my first time in NZ and Australia.

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