Main Frequent Flyers Programs Air New Zealand AirPoints

Air New Zealand AirPoints

Program overview 

Airpoints is the loyalty program of Air New Zealand and a member of Star Alliance. Airpoints allow you to earn and redeem points for award flights. Earned points are called Airpoints Dollars. This is more of a rebate program than a frequent flyer program with frequent flyer program aspects retained only for partner airlines. The program is not attractive for US-based travelers, unless they make frequent trips to NZ (including their fifth freedom flight from LAX to London).


Star Alliance

Program website 

Approximate miles value 


Miles validity 

4 years 

Program accrual

Based on the fare 

Limit on amount of miles you can purchase 

No information 

Waitlist option


Courtesy Hold for award reservation

Not allowed 

Do you need to open an account to check availability?


Stopover option 

You will pay per segment 

Family account


Upgrade option


Online booking 

You need to book most of the flights over the phone. 

Airline partners 

Aegean, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines, Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Tahiti Nui, Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways, Fiji Airways, Qantas, Virgin Atlantic

Credit card partners

No transfer partners, no US co-branded credit cards

Hotel partners 

Marriott Bonvoy (200:1, 2 days transfer), IHG Rewards (400:1, 6 weeks transfer), Hilton Honors (500:1, up to 30 days transfer), Choice Privileges Rewards (200:1, 6-8 weeks transfer)

Co-Branded credit card in the US 


Point/Miles Conversion Chart


  • Any seat on any flight can be booked for miles 
  • Partner flights have a fixed price 
  • This is one of the easiest programs to understand and use


  • No credit card partners 
  • Prices are per segment 
  • Very limited online functionality for award bookings

Insider Tip 

  • The Airpoints program doesn't have award charts for Air New Zealand flights.
  • 1 Airpoints Dollar is equal to 1 New Zealand Dollar. Therefore, the cash price of the ticket determines how many Airpoints Dollars you need. 
  • Air New Zealand offers excellent seats and service. This program is not their best feature. Their Business Class seats are among the longest in the industry. Premium Pacific Premium Economy is the best Premium Economy cabin in the world. Skycouch is also an innovative product. If you are looking to fly on Air New Zealand and you are a US based traveler, consider their many Star Alliance award partners or use the “book travel” function from Chase or AmEx.

Do you use this program? Share your experience and tips in the comments below. Your thoughts would be very valuable to us!



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