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 your 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.

Tier benefits

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.

Frequent flyer benefits

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. 

 
 

Silver

(at least half on Air New Zealand operated flights, Partner Airline Flights, or Star Alliance Qualifying Flights)

Status Points* required to reach each tier

:  450

405

 
 

Gold

(at least half on Air New Zealand operated flights, Partner Airline Flights, or Star Alliance Qualifying Flights)

Status Points* required to reach each tier

: 900

810

 
Elite

Status Points* required to reach each tier

: 1,500
(at least 900 on Air New Zealand operated flights or Partner Airline Qualifying Flights)

1,350
(at least 810 on Air New Zealand operated flights or Partner Airline Qualifying Flights)

*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.

Frequent flyer benefits

Please refer to Airpoints Terms and Conditions clause 12, Qualifying Flights Terms & Conditions and Co-operation Partners for more information.