Touch of Gold benefits
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The Touch of Gold promotion has now closed.
If you have applied for the Touch of Gold promotion before 7 May 2021, rest assured we're working through all applications and will be in contact with you shortly.
How do I apply?
Simply complete the Application form by 7pm NZT (5pm AEST) on 7 May 2021, along with your Airpoints number and evidence of Gold or higher status (or equivalent) with another airline (other than a Star Alliance airline™ or Cathay Pacific). We will review your application and respond back directly.
If approved, enjoy your travel benefits as many times as you like for four months, and even longer if you qualify.
How do I enjoy my benefits for even longer?
After the initial four-month period your account will be reviewed to see whether you have earned 100 Status Points through Air New Zealand travel. If you have, you'll keep your Gold Membership active for the following 8 months – giving you a full year of Gold benefits.
And that's not all, once you receive the extension, you'll have two Recognition Upgrades added to your account to give you an extra Touch of Gold.
To find out how to check potential Airpoints Dollars and Status Point earnings you can check online for Australian based members or Airpoints Calculator for New Zealand based members.
You can always check to see how you are tracking by logging into your account or on the Air NZ mobile app.
If you haven't earned 100 Status Points through eligible Air New Zealand travel at the end of the period, your account will be returned to the status that you held prior to the Touch of Gold trial period.
Your Membership card is at your fingertips
We won't be sending you a new physical card or membership pack but you can still make sure you've always got your card on you by downloading the Digital Airpoints Card located in the Air NZ Mobile app.
How do I earn Status Points?
Make sure you always add your Airpoints number to your bookings or book your travel by logging into your Airpoints account first. This way we can make sure your Airpoints Number is in your booking and your you'll earn your Status Points and Airpoints Dollars on eligible flights.
Touch of Gold benefits:
Designed to make your whole travel experience as seamless and comfortable as possible, you'll receive the following travel benefits for four months as a Touch of Gold member.
Members may access any Air New Zealand, Star Alliance and partner airline lounge prior to departure on an Air New Zealand or Star Alliance ticketed flight along with our eligible partner flights.
You may also invite one additional guest (travelling on the same service and subject to space) to join you in any Air New Zealand International, Domestic and Regional Lounge (excluding Koru Express, which does not allow guest entry), Star Alliance lounges and some partner lounges.
Please note that Star Alliance and Partner lounge access regulations stipulate that any travellers, including children aged two years old and over will be included as part of the member's guest allowance.
More about lounges.
Complimentary frequent flyer seating
Touch of Gold members have access to our frequent flyer seating located towards the front of the cabin on most Air New Zealand flights. These can be booked during the Seat Select process when booking online, by visiting My Bookings or by calling our contact centre. Frequent flyer seating is available on a first come first serve basis and available on any fare type purchased on Air New Zealand.
NZ domestic flights: Gold Members may check in one extra bag (up to 23kg) on New Zealand domestic flights over and above their ticketed allowance for no additional charge, provided travel is on a fare that includes a checked bag. A maximum of three bags is permitted.
International flights: Gold members may check in one extra bag (up to 23kg) on international flights at no extra charge. This is over and above the ticketed allowance, provided travel is on a fare that includes a checked bag. A maximum of three bags is permitted.
Gold members travelling in Business Premier, where the ticketed itinerary has two or more Star Alliance airlines, are entitled to one additional standard piece of checked baggage free of charge, to a maximum total of 4 pieces (up to 23kg per piece).
Carry-on bags: Touch of Gold members may take two pieces of carry-on baggage, with a combined total weight of 14kg with a maximum weight of either bag of up to 10kg. More about carry-on baggage.
Priority travel benefits
Priority check-in: To speed up your journey through the airport, Touch of Gold members are invited to check in at the Premium counter when travelling on an Air New Zealand operated flight or the Star Alliance Gold counter when travelling on a Star Alliance flight. When travelling on flights operated by any of our partner airlines please check in with the operating carrier.
Priority boarding: Once boarding commences, you may board at your leisure on Air New Zealand and most Star Alliance flights.
Priority baggage claim: You will be among the first to collect your baggage after disembarking an Air New Zealand operated flight. This benefit also applies to most Star Alliance airline operated flights.
OneUp upgrades: OneUp™ is Air New Zealand's upgrade offer system that gives people travelling on Air New Zealand the opportunity to bid to move up one cabin class when travelling internationally. Touch of Gold members' OneUp offers will be upweighted by 30%.
More about OneUp.
Discounted Business class award fares: Discounted long haul Business class fares are available in limited quantities to Gold members.
Extra Gold benefits
No Airpoints Dollars expiry: Your Airpoints Dollars won't expire while you retain Gold status. If you move below Gold, you will have until your next anniversary of joining to use any Airpoints Dollars that were due to expire. If your next anniversary falls within two months of you moving below Gold, you will have a full two months to use your expiring points.
Extra gift recipients: You are able to nominate an additional two people to join your gifting register who do not share the same address as you. This benefit is in addition to those who share the same address as you - your household giftees.
To register your household and non-household giftees sign in to your Air New Zealand account and choose Gifting Register under My Profile.