Status Points and frequent flyer tiers
Fly with Air New Zealand and our partner airlines and earn your way to exclusive benefits and privileges that make travelling easier and more enjoyable. As you make your way up our status tiers you will enjoy more and more benefits including lounge access, seat upgrades, extra baggage allowance and priority service – things that put extra comfort and joy into your journey.
Earning Status Points
You will earn Status Points on eligible Air New Zealand flights and many Star Alliance and partner flights you take, as well as on purchases made with some of our Airpoints earning credit cards. To see how many Status Points your qualifying flight will earn, use our Airpoints calculator. You can check how many Status Points you have collected in the past 12 months by signing in to your Air New Zealand account.
As you move through each tier you will receive more benefits that you can make use of when you are travelling on eligible Air New Zealand, Star Alliance, Cathay Pacific (when on an NZ Flight number), Virgin Australia, Aerolineas Argentinas, Etihad Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. See below for a quick overview.
- Relax in our award winning lounges before your flight departs, with a range of refreshments and light snacks. Our lounges are the perfect place to unwind before a long flight or finish off that last piece of business. These are available as part of Silver, Gold, and Elite member benefits.
- Experience travel in our Premium Economy or Business Premier cabin classes with a range of upgrade options including recognition upgrade vouchers for our Silver, Gold and Elite members.
- Our Airpoints Gold and Elite members receive generous check-in and carry-on baggage allowances so there’s always room for that little bit of extra shopping.
Moving up a tier
As you earn certain amounts of Status Points within a 12 month period, you will upgrade through our tier status levels. Starting at base membership you will upgrade firstly to Silver, followed by Gold and then up to Elite. In order to upgrade your tier you must earn the required number of Status Points for the higher tier within any 12 month period. The benefits of your new tier are valid for 12 months from the date you move up to that tier. As you continue to earn Status Points should you earn enough Status Points to move up again to the next tier level the new higher tier’s benefits will apply and any remaining benefits of the previous tier level will expire. The benefits of the new tier level are then valid for a period of 12 months.
*The qualifying Status Points must be earned in a 12 month period to achieve Tier Status.
Retaining your tier
Once you achieve a tier status, you only need to earn 90% of the Status Points for that same tier, in the next 12 months, to retain the same tier status.
For Silver and Gold tier status, at least 50% of the required Status Points must be earned on Air New Zealand travel, eligible Star Alliance travel or qualifying partner airline travel and up to 50% may be earned on credit cards, within a 12 month period to retain or upgrade Silver or Gold.
For Elite status, it’s important to note that at least 60% of the required Status Points must be earned on Air New Zealand travel or qualifying partner airline travel. Status Points earned on credit cards and/or eligible Star Alliance travel may count towards up to 40% of the Status Points required within a 12 month period to retain or upgrade to Elite.