While flying out of Newark can be frustrating, I'm always interested in reading about new service options where I can leverage points and miles. The news today is pretty exciting: Air New Zealand will being nonstop service to Newark in October of 2020.
You can read the press release here: https://bit.ly/360xxS6
Air New Zealand will fly between Auckland and its alliance partner United Airlines' New York hub Newark Liberty International Airport three times weekly, year-round, using its latest configuration Boeing 787-9 aircraft.
Redemption options using United miles tend to be sparse until the last minute though occasional deals can be found. Looking forward to this next option next year!