Bidding for an Upgrade with Air New Zealand: Part Deux
Well, you already know that the travel gods (and goddesses) weren't looking down on us when we decided to bid a few hundred dollars to attempt upgrading to a lie-flat bad for a trip across the Pacific on Air New Zealand. Perhaps the flight was just pretty full and the chances of sitting up front were slim from the beginning, but we rallied and returned with with a slightly higher bid for the last leg of our itinerary, and...we got it!
If you remember, our confirmed seat was in one of those cool spaceseats the Kiwi airline has been flying long-haul on their 777s and, while they're pretty roomy and comfy, being properly ensconced in a private pod while jetting over the ocean overnight seemed a bit more appealing. Thus, we pulled together the 'recommended' offer of $600 and, one week out, we received the email detailing the acceptance of our upgrade offer. Woohoo!
Air NZ upgraded these seats featuring white leather with sleek gray and black accents, and the result is nice, we must admit. A herringbone cabin layout provides lots of privacy for the window seats and meal service consists of a full 3-course meal of New Zealand fare; more on the food later.
After the meal came sleepy time with each Business Premier seat fully flipping over, turning into a bed with the help of the cabin crew and a 3-inch thick mattress and some feather pillows. Although not a super long flight like this one, it was nice to spend the 13 hours in supine style.
All in all, we consider it a good thing that our original upgrade offer wasn't accepted, since this seat was so comfy that we would've happily spent some extra cash to score another upgrade for both flights. Having it on the return flight, however, was a real treat.