Passengers travelling on Air New Zealand's Works Deluxe economy fares will no longer enjoy free access to the airline’s network of airport lounges.
The exclusion applies to tickets booked from June 17 2015, although guests who had already purchased a Works Deluxe fare prior to this date – including for travel beyond June 17 and even into next year – will still have lounge access where available.
An Air New Zealand spokesperson confirmed the change to Australian Business Traveller today, which comes as a result of the airline’s introduction of premium economy on flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
“The Works Deluxe offering has been changed to better align with the existing Premium Economy offering,” the spokesperson said, as premium economy tickets don’t include lounge access.
Works Deluxe is one of four economy fare packages offered by the Kiwi carrier across the Tasman, alongside The Works, Seat + Bag and ‘Seat’, with no checked baggage:
Passengers booking a Works Deluxe ticket will continue to receive the product’s other benefits over and above The Works such as a ‘neighbour-free guarantee’, an extra free checked bag plus priority check-in, priority boarding and also priority baggage delivery on arrival at your destination.
Lounge access remains available across the Tasman for Air New Zealand’s Koru Club members and Airpoints Gold, Elite and Elite Priority One frequent flyers sitting in economy on any fare type, along with Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum cardholders on the same.
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