Qantas Frequent Flyer mehmbers can now earn Qantas points and status credits flying on Air New Zealand flights. However, there’s a catch. Only domestic New Zealand flights with a QF code-share are eligible. This means no international Trans-Tasman trips. The agreement does, however, grant Qantas Frequent Flyer members reciprocal lounge access.
Qantas customers will benefit from more onward flight alternatives, with the arrangement leveraging 30 domestic routes in New Zealand.
The deal, which is not a formal alliance, does not yet include reward seat access. Air New Zealand remains in the Star Alliance.
In a bizarre quirk, Aussie travellers can earn and redeem Velocity points across Air New Zealand’s entire network, via a Singapore Airlines membership. As flyerpoints.com.au readers would be aware, a KrisFlyer membership also allows you to redeem your Velocity points across over 25 Star Alliance airlines (which includes Air New Zealand).
Earning Qantas points on Air New Zealand flights
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn points on selected Air New Zealand flights across the ditch. To be eligible, a domestic Air New Zealand flight (e.g. Auckland to Wellington) must be code-shared with Qantas (a QF flight number).
Domestic Air New Zealand flights will begin appearing on the Qantas website from late 2018.
The Qantas status bonus is likely to apply on eligible Air New Zealand flights, however, this is yet to be confirmed.
Qantas points credits are earned at the full Qantas rate.
Qantas & Air New Zealand: status
Earning Qantas status credits on Air New Zealand flights
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn status credits on approximately 30 domestic Air New Zealand flights. To be eligible, the Air New Zealand operated flight must be code-shared with Qantas (e.g. your flight number must include a QF prefix).
Qantas status credits are earned at the full Qantas rate.
Using your Qantas status on Air New Zealand flights
Qantas Frequent Flyer members with premium status can enjoy a host of reciprocal benefits when travelling on Air New Zealand’s QF code-share services.
Gold and Platinum Qantas Frequent Flyers receive access to Air New Zealand’s ‘Domestic’ and ‘Regional’ lounge network under the arrangement.
Air New Zealand’s premium lounges are situated in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown, Wellington, in addition to over 8 regional locations.
Premium status holders will also enjoy priority baggage, boarding and additional baggage.
You must ensure your Qantas Frequent Flyer membership number is present within your Cathay Pacific booking to receive these benefits.
The Air New Zealand – Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits include:
Silver Qantas Status
- Priority check-in
Use Air New Zealand’s premium check-in desks throughout New Zealand, regardless of the class of travel. Simply present your Silver membership at the check-in desk.
Gold Qantas Status
- Priority check-in
Access Air New Zealand’s priority check-in services at the carrier’s Business Class counters, regardless of your fare class. Simply present your Qantas Gold status at check-in.
- Priority Boarding
Board first via the Air New Zeland priority boarding lane.
- Additional Checked Baggage Allowance
Get an additional checked baggage allowance on Qantas QF coded Air New Zeland flights.
- Priority Baggage
Receive your bags first on arrival from the Air New Zeland luggage carousel.
- Reciprocal Lounge Access
Enter the Air New Zealand Domestic and regional Lounge for you and one guest (guest must hold a ticket on the same flight as you) before your eligible QF code-share flight.
Learn more about Qantas status here.