I am trying to book a business award flight from AKL-SJU next year using Krisflyer miles, with the ANA Tool showing availability via LAX/SFO (NZ) and EWR/IAH (CO). However, I was told by two different call center staff that I can't redeem for CO flights after December 2011 as CO is ceasing to be a SQ/*A partner airline. So, I can get to LAX in business with NZ, but the remainder of the flight will need to be in Y, as only US and UA flights are available, and I cannot fly "first" class on US or UA, as this would amount to a first class redemption. I tried explaining that CO and UA are merging, but was simply advised that CO flights are not available for redemption. Has anyone had a similar experience? It seems SQ has got this wrong, but perhaps it reflects possible change to flight numbers in the new year. Any suggestions on how we can access CO flights, rather that endure about 12 hours in Y on UA/US?