Air New Zealand is currently offering Australian and New Zealand residents a six month trial ‘status match’ membership to Gold. The promotion is open to Airpoints members who live in New Zealand or Australia. You must hold current Gold or higher status with another airline (excluding a Star Alliance airline or Cathay Pacific).

Members who earn an additional 450 Status Points during the trial membership period will receive Airpoints Gold status for the following 12 months. Those who don’t earn the qualifying Status Points during the trial period will receive a ‘soft’ membership landing to Silver.

Benefits of an Air New Zealand status match to Gold

The ‘Touch of Gold’ Air New Zealand status match provides a range of benefits are outlined here. These include Koru Lounge access (such as entry to the flagship Air New Zealand Lounge pictured below), two short haul recognition upgrades, access to OneUp upgrades, complimentary frequent flyer seating, baggage privileges and priority travel benefits.Aie new zealand koru lounge aucklandFor Australian-based residents, this could be an extremely rare opportunity to get your Qantas gold (or above) membership matched to Air New Zealand.

I can personally confirm that the promotion works, and it’s extremely fast. I woke up this morning to find my Qantas Frequent Flyer Platinum status matched to gold after sending in a request yesterday afternoon. Here is the summary screen displaying my new Gold status:

air new zealand status match gold

And here you can see the 450 status points that Air New Zealand has manually credited to my previously inactive account:

air new zealand status match status points

How to request your Air New Zealand trial Gold membership

You’ll need to be a member of the Airpoints scheme before you can request your Air New Zealand status match. It’s free to join here.

Once you have your Airpoints number, simply email through a copy or screenshot of your competing frequent flyer membership card and statement to [email protected] and wait to hear back.

There’s no specified cut off date for this promotion. Rather, the Air New Zealand terms and conditions state that the Touch of Gold six-month trial membership is offered in limited numbers, and may be withdrawn at any time without notification. As such, we’d encourage you to get in quick!

You can find the full terms and conditions here.

I love to travel the world in comfort and style. In fact, there’s really nothing I love more than sitting in a plane at 36,000 feet, a glass of Krug in hand, watching the clouds go by.

I love to travel the world in comfort and style. In fact, there’s really nothing I love more than sitting in a plane at 36,000 feet, a glass of Krug in hand, watching the clouds go by.