Fuel Charges - minimising on award flights

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GCS

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I need to get rid of some expiring Krisflyer points, and am planning to use them on a short trip SYD-AKL later this year (25K points return).

When I pretend to book a normal flight (on ITA Software), NZ additional charges are about $213 return, but are about $165 on UA codeshare on the same NZ-operated flights.

This isn't a huge issue, but generally can you specifiy code share flights (both being *A) when booking award flights with Krisflyer - or any other FF programme? I imagine the differences could be significant for other routes.
 

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best bet (for minimising fuel surcharge on awards, may no be best bet in terms of redemption value) is to redeem on flights operated by an airline with no/low fuel surcharges
 
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