AirNZ Airpoints Status Match

By idb | Apr 12, 2018, 12:04 PM
Hi all - long time reader first time poster!

I'm QFF Gold but relocating to Christchurch NZ for work/family which means my QF travel will decrease significantly, and my AirNZ travel will increase a lot (for both work and personal - travel will be predominantly within NZ and Trans-Tasman, as well as intl out of AKL and mainly in Y). Even though many people think Airpoints has rubbish redemption - it makes sense for my future travel plans, but my main concern is I don't want to lose my Gold status perks like lounge access.

Does anyone have any experience in getting a Status Match from AirNZ to Airpoints Gold, based on QFF Gold?

Any advice or guidance is appreciated! Cheers!
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By kiwiwings | Apr 12, 2018, 12:28 PM
Google it and it shows up via the Australianfrequentflyer link. They have an email address there. So yes it is possible. To be honest if you sign up with one of the airpoint cards that offer discounted koru membership it's a great way to go if you don't get the match and then you don't even have to watch the SP count. The airpoint credit cards allow SP earn as well meaning you don't have to fly all the way to gold. Grabaseat fares are awesome as well. There are ways to use APD & RU effectively so you can travel in premium cabins. Just need to look for them.


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By StuParr | Apr 12, 2018, 01:12 PM
When VA pulled away from NZ initially across the Pacific I spoke to Air NZ and they gave me a status match. What helped me was that I had flown a lot with NZ and use the central res team to book all my travel so they pushed for me. So they do it. I was traveling twice a year on NZ to the US, as was my family which helped.

Outline your forward bookings and your past travel in with QF and see what they Say.

The Koru club idea above is really good advice as well.
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By krisdude | Apr 13, 2018, 09:30 AM
I would check with Air NZ about they are prepared to offer.

As Kiwiwings said, get a NZ based Visa/Mastercard card that earns Airpoints Dollars and Status Points.

Amex, Kiwibank, ANZ and Westpac are the 'official' issuers of Airpoints Credit/Debit cards excluding Air NZs own Onesmart Debit travel card.

Whilst Air NZ Airpoints Mastercard issued by Kiwibank is the best in earning Airpoints Dollars and Status Points (excluding Amex Airpoints card and Westpac Airpoints Mastercard World card), the best all round card options is from Westpac, with their Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card and Airpoints Mastercard debit card. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card is linked to your cheque account and your Airpoints account and you can earn Airpoints Dollars on all purchases when using the card. This card is handy when purchasing from a retailer that does not have Visa/Mastercard merchant facilities on their EFTPOS terminal. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card does not earn Status Points only Airpoints Dollars.

I have a Westpac Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card, Airpoints Mastercard debit card plus a Westpac Airpoints Business Mastercard.

For further information concerning the range of Airpoints earning credit/debit cards - https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/airpoints-credit-cards


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By idb | Apr 13, 2018, 11:23 AM
Thanks everyone for the advice - some good tips there RE credit card and SP earning, as well as Koru club membership if AirNZ don't come to the party with a match/challenge/temp status thing.

Good advice Kiwiwings on using the CC to get discounted Koru membership - 1 year should be enough if I have to climb to Gold the hard way up. Fortunately we do travel a bit so getting the SP shouldn't be a problem, its just the immediate loss of status itself that would be frustrating! I'm too used to the creature comforts!

Appreciate the comparison Krisdude - Kiwibank and Amex were definitely what I was looking at from a value point of view, but all round flexibility is pretty important and it seems Westpac offers a good balance of earn/benefits and flexibility.






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By henrus | Apr 13, 2018, 01:57 PM
FYI Koru club give's most of the creature comfort you are used to if your only flying on NZ metal and tickets (and basically the same perks as gold).
Lounge Access - same as gold when traveling on NZ flights
Upfront Seating - same as gold
Priority Check in/boarding/baggage - same as gold
Additional baggage - same as gold

You just don't get any Star Gold perks on other carriers.
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By StuParr | Apr 13, 2018, 03:56 PM
I would check with Air NZ about they are prepared to offer.

As Kiwiwings said, get a NZ based Visa/Mastercard card that earns Airpoints Dollars and Status Points.

Amex, Kiwibank, ANZ and Westpac are the 'official' issuers of Airpoints Credit/Debit cards excluding Air NZs own Onesmart Debit travel card.

Whilst Air NZ Airpoints Mastercard issued by Kiwibank is the best in earning Airpoints Dollars and Status Points (excluding Amex Airpoints card and Westpac Airpoints Mastercard World card), the best all round card options is from Westpac, with their Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card and Airpoints Mastercard debit card. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card is linked to your cheque account and your Airpoints account and you can earn Airpoints Dollars on all purchases when using the card. This card is handy when purchasing from a retailer that does not have Visa/Mastercard merchant facilities on their EFTPOS terminal. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card does not earn Status Points only Airpoints Dollars.

I have a Westpac Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card, Airpoints Mastercard debit card plus a Westpac Airpoints Business Mastercard.

For further information concerning the range of Airpoints earning credit/debit cards - https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/airpoints-credit-cards



are there still Australian credit cards that can be credited to Airpoints which earn Status credits as well?
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By henrus | Apr 13, 2018, 10:42 PM
No there are no Australian cards which earn Air NZ status credits. All the cards use New Zealand Dollars and require you to live in New Zealand to sign up so they're basically inaccessible to Australians.

It's worth pointing out that it points used to be possible to earn NZ status entirely on card status point earnings however this was changed to require at least half to be earned on NZ Marketed or Star Alliance flights.
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By cavemanzk | Apr 14, 2018, 06:55 AM
I would say with the current NZ/VA breakup watch this space coming closer to October, NZ will be likely do some offer for VA Gold and QF Gold to try kept there share of the Tasman.

They have increased AKL-SYD to 5x daily 777 service post the VA breakup, so will been to be able to pull business traffic somehow. Would likely think they will be going after some of QF/VA Golds to help with 5x 777 daily.
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By krisdude | Apr 14, 2018, 09:14 AM
All New Zealand issued Airpoints Platinum credits including AMEX and Westpac Airpoints Mastercard Word Card waive the Koru joining fee and give a NZ$145.00 discount on your yearly Koru membership fee.
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