And the great news is Status Points make it easier to reach the next tier level.

Air New Zealand Airpoints™ benefits are exclusive to Airpoints members and can be enjoyed when travelling on eligible Air New Zealand, Star Alliance and Cathay Pacific and Virgin Australia (when on an NZ flight number) flights.

With Air New Zealand's participation in the Star Alliance network, achieving an Elite tier status means that your tier status will be recognised in 194 countries when travelling on Air New Zealand or any of the Star Alliance airlines. Airpoints Elite and Gold members will enjoy the special privileges of Star Alliance Gold status, while Airpoints Silver members will receive Star Alliance Silver status.

Star Alliance benefits are available on Air New Zealand flights and also on our Star Alliance partner airlines. Click on each benefit in the list below for more information. Tier Status benefits are valid for 12 months after your Tier Status becomes effective, unless you are elevated to a new tier in the interim.

Airpoints™ benefits

Benefit Airpoints Silver Airpoints Gold Airpoints Elite
Lounge passes* Tick.
Lounge privileges Tick. Tick.
Upgrade privileges Tick.
Business Class award fares
Gift recipients
No Airpoints Dollars™ expiry

Complimentary frequent flyer seating**

Hotel/Rental Car voucher

Status Points roll over

Elite banked year

Hotel voucher

Rental Car voucher
Complimentary valet parking

Elite Partner card

Elite threshold gifts

Star Alliance benefits

Benefit Star Alliance Silver
Star Alliance Gold
Airpoints Silver Airpoints Gold Airpoints Elite
Star Alliance lounge privileges
Tick. Tick.
Priority check-in Tick. Tick.
Additional baggage allowance
Priority boarding

Priority bag tags
Priority wait-listing

Priority airport standby


Visit the dedicated Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Etihad, and Virgin Atlantic pages to see the benefits you get when travelling on these airlines.