Experiencing Luxury: A 12-hour Business-Class Flight on Air New Zealand’s Auckland to Los Angeles Route

The High Cost of Long-Haul Business-Class Flights May Not Be Worth It

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing a luxurious 12-hour business-class flight from Los Angeles to Auckland, New Zealand. The cost of Air New Zealand’s business-class seats on this route is typically around $6,000, which can be quite expensive. While it was definitely the most luxurious flight I have taken, I don’t see myself justifying that expense again in the near future.

When booking a flight, I often find myself looking at first-class and business-class seats. The extra space, delicious food, and unlimited drinks are incredibly tempting. However, the reality is that my budget doesn’t allow for such extravagance. That changed when I was invited by Air New Zealand in the summer of 2021 to visit their headquarters and experience their newly redesigned cabins. For the flight to Auckland, I was seated in business class for the first time. It was an incredibly glamorous experience, but I knew it was not something I could afford to do often.

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