Status Points and frequent flyer tiers
Earn status points to climb tiers and enjoy benefits such as priority service, lounge access, seat upgrades and extra baggage allowance.
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. Available to Silver, Gold and Elite members,they're the perfect place to unwind and finish work.
Moving up a tier
As you earn and accumulate Status Points within a 12 month period, you will upgrade through our tiers. Starting at Airpoints membership, you can upgrade to Silver followed by Gold and Elite.
Each tier has a required number of Status Points you must meet within any 12 month period. The benefits of your new tier are valid for 12 months from the date you reach that tier. The benefits of the previous tier will then expire.
*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.