Qantas Platinum, Gold frequent flyers get AirNZ lounge access

By David Flynn, July 25 2018
Qantas Platinum, Gold frequent flyers get AirNZ lounge access

Qantas’ top-tier frequent flyers will have access to Air New Zealand’s network of domestic lounges when flying with Air New Zealand from 28 October 2018 as the partnership between the Aussie and Kiwi carriers kicks into gear.

Card-carrying Qantas Gold, Platinum Platinum One and of course elite Chairman’s Lounge members will be able to visit any domestic Air New Zealand lounge before their flight – provided of course they’re booked on the Qantas codeshare version of that flight, which will carry a QF8xxx flight number.

They'll also have guesting rights to bring in one fellow traveller booked on the same flight (and earn Qantas frequent flyer points and status credits in the range of 800-1200 points and 10-20 status credits depending on their ticket.)

However, Qantas Club members are not included in the AirNZ lounge access deal.

Air New Zealand's domestic lounges will be available to top-tier Qantas frequent flyers
Air New Zealand's domestic lounges will be available to top-tier Qantas frequent flyers

This mirrors the reciprocal arrangements for Air New Zealand’s Airpoints frequent flyers, which sees Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas enjoying access to Qantas Club lounges in Australia's capital cities and regional centres.

Air New Zealand's lounges at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland will remain off-limits to Qantas Frequent Flyers because the QF/NZ hookup applies only to the domestic network of each airline, not trans-Tasman and other international services. 

Read more: How the Qantas, Air New Zealand alliance will take on Virgin Australia


David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Oct 2013

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The main question I now have is...

What will it be like if I'm a NZ Gold traveling on an NZ operated but QF marketed service?


What will it be like if I'm a QF Gold traveling on a QF operated but NZ marketed service?

In those situations what will the points earning and status benefits look like?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

18 Jun 2015

Total posts 105

I think you want the recent Ausbt article titled "Earning Qantas points, status credits on Air New Zealand flights"

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Aug 2011

Total posts 167

NZ Gold on non-NZ codeshare gets what the non-NZ codeshare offers to NZ Gold I'd presume, but then both circumstances only occur if you book on the other airline's Trans-Tasman flight with such a codeshare. Caveat Emptor

What about Emirates Gold ?

05 May 2016

Total posts 631

Emirates what have to negotiate a separate deal for that and anything of value they could offer would be anti-competitive unless they are able to tear up their deal with QF and do so.


21 Aug 2014

Total posts 4

I'm Lifetime QF Gold and VA Plat. Do about 3 NZ trips per year. To date have used VA Plat to access Air NZ lounge. Going forward whats chance of status match to NZ Gold so can access NZ lounge in SYD and AKL when flying NZ metal?

Velocity Platinum

08 Jul 2011

Total posts 15

Can't see this arrangement working at all. Staff in Lounges/Check-In will be totally confused with this very odd QF and NZ arrangement.

QF - Red

23 Nov 2012

Total posts 38

Can I use QF first lounge in MEL before an AirNZ flight to Christchurch or Auckland?

04 Dec 2018

Total posts 1

I’m QF Platinum and just got access refused in Air NZ lounge in Auckland, due to “not travelling on the same day” as my incoming QF flight!!??!! Air NZ adamant that this was the rule. I arrived Monday and after a days work in AKL flying to Wellington. Amazed.

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