With flights reduced and many international borders closed this year due to coronavirus, many airlines have already extended the elite status of their frequent flyers by 6-12 months. But Air New Zealand is going a step further. Having already extended the status of its frequent flyers by 12 months in March 2020, Air New Zealand is now extending the status of all Airpoints … [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.
Air New Zealand does have a code share arrangement with Qantas on some domestic New Zealand flights. It is therefore possible to earn Qantas status credits on selected Air New Zealand flights!
Air New Zealand has dropped social distancing from its domestic flights after New Zealand eradicated COVID-19. The airline has also restored flights to all of the airports it serves in New Zealand, as Jetstar announces it too will resume New Zealand domestic services. But international flights remain off the table for now. Like most airlines, Air New Zealand had made … [Read more...]
Air New Zealand’s recent announcement that it could introduce lie-flat bunk beds in Economy class went viral. Social media exploded and the story has been regurgitated by news outlets all over the world. Some journalists have even predicted that the Air New Zealand Skynest will spell the end of Business class. To be clear, that’s an utterly ridiculous claim to make on the … [Read more...]
Air New Zealand will launch non-stop commercial flights to New York next year, pipping Qantas to the post. Air New Zealand will fly 3 times per week from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport from 29 October 2020. The flights will depart both Auckland and New York on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The new Air … [Read more...]
Almost a year ago, Air New Zealand spectacularly ended its long-term partnership with Virgin Australia. Following the end of October 2018, the two airlines once again became competitors on trans-Tasman flights while Air New Zealand got into bed with Virgin's rival, Qantas. Looking back, it seems the divorce has worked out much better for Air New Zealand and Qantas. Virgin … [Read more...]