Air New Zealand has a code share and frequent flyer relationship with Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic has code share on several Air New Zealand sectors including between San Francisco and Auckland, Los Angeles and Rarotonga, Rarotonga and Auckland, domestic flights within New Zealand and flights between Sydney and Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Air New Zealand has code share on Virgin Atlantic flights between Sydney and Hong Kong and between San Francisco and London-Heathrow. From April 2013 Air New Zealand will also have code share on their domestic UK routes between London-Heathrow and Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
Our partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways means Airpoints™ members can earn and redeem rewards on Virgin Atlantic services, and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club members can earn miles on Air New Zealand services.
Status Points are not able to be earned on Virgin Atlantic operated flights, even if travel is on an Air New Zealand code share flight number.
Airpoints Gold Elite & Gold members that travel on an Air New Zealand flight number operated by Virgin Atlantic are able to access a number of benefits. To ensure access to the benefits make sure you select flights with the Air New Zealand “NZ” designator or ask your travel agent to do so.
Airpoints members travelling in Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic operated flights are eligible for complimentary Virgin Atlantic Lounge access. In addition, Airpoints Gold Elite and Gold members travelling on an Air New Zealand flight number operated by Virgin Atlantic in Premium Economy or Economy class between London-Heathrow and San Francisco and between Hong Kong and Sydney are entitled access to Virgin Atlantics lounges at London-Heathrow, Hong Kong and San Francisco.
All you need to do is present your valid Airpoints Gold Elite or Gold card.
Air New Zealand Gold Elite and Gold card holders departing on Virgin Atlantic services are not entitled to use Star Alliance partner or Star Alliance operated lounges regardless if flight number used is the Virgin Atlantic flight number or Air New Zealand code share flight number. This restriction also includes the Air New Zealand code share on Virgin Atlantic domestic UK flights that depart from Terminal 1 at London-Heathrow.
There is also no access to lounges when travelling on Virgin Atlantic domestic UK flights departing from other UK airports.
Air New Zealand does not have Air New Zealand code share flight numbers on Virgin Atlantic operated flights between London-Heathrow and Hong Kong, Shanghai, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Airpoints Gold Elite and Gold members travelling on these Virgin Atlantic flights in Premium Economy or Economy class are not entitled to use the Virgin Atlantic lounges at those airports.
Other Gold and Gold Elite Benefits
In addition to lounge access Airpoints Gold Elite and Gold members travelling on Air New Zealand flight number operated by Virgin Atlantic in Economy & Premium Economy will also receive other benefits on the presentation of their valid Gold Elite & Gold card.
The benefits are:
- Priority Check In
- Priority Baggage
- Additional checked baggage allowance (1 additional bag)
Visit the Virgin Atlantic website.
Earning Airpoints Dollars on Virgin Atlantic Airways
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