Airpoints, Air New Zealand's frequent flyer program, is not frequently discussed on our forums. There's a good reason for this; it's one of the world's worst value frequent flyer programs! Nonetheless, AFF member Cappuccino99 is seeking advice this week on how to spend over 1,000 Airpoints Dollars. When I lived in NZ, I travelled a lot for work so achieved status quite … [Read more...]
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. For overseas travel - especially to New Zealand, the Pacific islands, and the USA - it offers a Star Alliance alternative to Qantas.
If you want to dive a bit deeper into airline alliances you should definitely read our guide how to find Oneworld, Star Alliance & SkyTeam Award Availability.
Virgin Australia frequent flyers will no longer earn Velocity points or status credits when flying Air New Zealand across the Pacific from 1 November, 2017. From this date, points will only be earned when flying Air New Zealand across the Tasman or within New Zealand. Velocity Silver, Gold and Platinum members will also lose access to benefits such as lounge access when flying … [Read more...]
One member is appalled at being offered just $20 worth of Air New Zealand vouchers as compensation for an in-flight meal that left them “very ill”. The Business class passenger had requested a vegetarian meal. But by the time they discovered that the meal in fact contained chicken, it was already too late. The catering mix-up left our member feeling physically sick by the … [Read more...]
If you have an upcoming flight with New Zealand's flag carrier, you might be interested in upgrading to a nicer seat. Air New Zealand's upgrade system is a little different to most for a few reasons. Firstly, it uses an "auction" to determine who can upgrade. Would-be upgraders can place a bid through the "One Up" system, with the spare seats going to the highest … [Read more...]
The recent drop in the price of airfares between Australia and the United States is like music to the ears of many a traveller. In recent months we have seen some very good sales on this route, with Qantas selling off-peak tickets for under $1,200 and Virgin Australia undercutting that even more. But a current Air New Zealand promotion sees prices slashed even further to what … [Read more...]