It is done! 😀
I just got the Ok from my boss to take my holidays around Easter 2018. That was all I needed so get going with the planning for my trip I have saved for a long time. New Zealand is the goal and thanks to the help of the members of the InsideFlyer forum and the United homepage for bonus flights I managed to com up with the perfect route to Auckland.
This is the flight plan:
To AKL: Oslo – Frankfurt – Bangkok – Sydney – Auckland
To OSL: Wellington – (Canberra) – Singapore – Istanbul – Vienna – Oslo
All flights are in business class! Pure luxury for the amount of 180.000 Eurobonus points and taxes/fees of 355 € (the tour is worth about 8400 €). I just have to organize the flights between Oslo and Molde, because it is only allowed to have 8 segments on a bonus flight. It was not an easy task to find out all the segments, but these fit. I have normally decent time between flights and twice a lot of time.
First flight is on the 26.3.2018 with Lufthansa in aA320. 5 hours in Frankfurt before it is time to board the A350-900 from Thai Airways to Bangkok. There I have about 6 hours to check out the lounge and hospitality that is said to be great before it is another Thai Airways flight on a 747 to Sydney, Australia. Only 90 minutes there to change to the Air New Zealand flight to Auckland on a 787-9, which arrives in the afternoon of March, 28th 2018.
On my way back I had to be a little bit creative, because there were no flights on the date (April 15th 2018) I wanted in business class to Oslo. So I have to go to Wellington to catch my flight back. Singapore Airlines (which is said to have a great business product) on an B777-200 with a short stopp in Canberra (nice extra on my airport list) before arriving in Singapore April 16th 2018. I have a 17 hour overlay, which will give me enough time to get out of the airport and check out the city (and find a Geocache or two). In the evening it is time to board the Turkish Airlines B777-300 to Istanbul. Now the short flights start. the April 17th it is on with a Turkish Airlines A321 to Vienna where I can board my last flight back to Oslo on a Autrian Airlines ERJ-195.
6 Airlines – 8 different planes – 7 new airports.
Next step is to plan the activities in new Zealand and there might be 1 og to domestic flights that have to be organized (have to get from Christchurch to Wellington). More to come.