Status Points and frequent flyer tiers
Earn status points to climb tiers and enjoy benefits such as priority service, lounge access, seat upgrades and extra baggage allowance.
Earning Status Points
You will earn Status Points on eligible Air New Zealand flights and many Star Alliance and partner flights you take. 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.
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, Aerolineas Argentinas, Etihad Airways, and Virgin Atlantic. See below for a quick overview.
Moving up a tier
As you earn and accumulate Status Points within a 12 month period, you will upgrade through our tiers. Starting at Airpoints membership, you can upgrade to Silver followed by Gold and Elite.
Each tier has a required number of Status Points you must meet within any 12 month period. The benefits of your new tier are valid for 12 months from the date you reach that tier. The benefits of the previous tier will then expire.
*The qualifying Status Points must be earned in a 12 month period to achieve Tier Status.
Retaining your tier
Your account is reviewed every day to see if you have earned the required number of Status Points in the past 12 months to move up a 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, qualifying partner airline travel or Frequent Flyer Status Boosts (Airpoints Gold only) 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, qualifying partner airline travel or from Frequent Flyer Status Boosts. 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.
Welcoming a little one into your life? Status Hold - Parental let's you put your tier status on hold for a year, so you can focus on family life while maintaining your Airpoints Elite or Gold membership.