UPDATED 30 November 2021 | Did you take up Air New Zealand’s ‘Touch of Gold’ status challenge earlier this year? You’ll now have even longer to enjoy your perks, and to qualify for a full year of status.

In fact, if you applied back in April 2021, this latest change may already give you a full year of perks. And that’s before you’ve even qualified for the extra time at Gold. Talk about a deal!

Touch of Gold members now have until 30 June 2022 to complete their challenge. Earn just 100 Status Points on Air New Zealand flights before then, and you’ll bag yet another eight months at Gold. That’s in addition to the time you’ve already spent enjoying Airpoints Gold status via this promotion.

Right now, Touch of Gold isn’t open to new applicants, so this extension only applies to travellers already granted Touch of Gold membership. If that’s you, continue reading below for a reminder of your Touch of Gold benefits, and how you can lock them in until early 2023.

What is Air New Zealand’s Touch of Gold status match?

The Touch of Gold offer promises four months of selected member benefits. Among them, access to Air New Zealand, Star Alliance and partner airline lounges before eligible flights.

In addition, you can also immediately access complimentary frequent flyer seating, boosted baggage privileges, and priority benefits at the airport.

Want to extend that Touch of Gold to a fully-fledged Air New Zealand Gold membership? Then you just have to pocket 100 Status Points through Air New Zealand flights during your trial period.

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What are the Touch of Gold benefits?

To receive these benefits, be sure to use the Air NZ mobile app and also enter your Airpoints number on eligible bookings. Perks during the trial period include:

  • Lounge access as per Air New Zealand and Star Alliance rules.
  • The opportunity to submit OneUp cash upgrade bids with a 30% weighting on the offer.
  • Complimentary frequent flyer seating onboard.
  • Extra 1x 23kg bag on Air New Zealand domestic and international flights at no extra charge, provided the fare includes a checked bag.
  • 2x carry on bags with 14kg combined weight, 10kg max per piece.
  • Priority check-in, boarding and baggage.

If you earn more than 100 Status Points during this time, you’ll unlock a further eight months of Air New Zealand Gold Status. This includes two Recognition Upgrades that provide you with a one-cabin class upgrade on any Air New Zealand flight sector.

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How do I earn 100 Status Points?

It’s possible to earn Status Points across the pond when the trans-Tasman bubble is open for business, though Perth residents will find it much easier than anyone in the Eastern States. At least, when travel restrictions permit! Here’s how you could earn 100 Status Points on Air New Zealand-operated flights from the west coast:

  • Perth-Auckland return on any fare (at least 57 Status Points one-way on the lowest Economy ‘seat’ fare).
  • Perth-Auckland one-way in Business Class (at least 158 Status Points).

If you’re travelling from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, you’ll need to fly a bit more often or book a higher fare to reach that goal sooner:

  • Sydney-Auckland return three times in the cheapest Economy ‘seat’ fare (at least 18 Status Points each way).
  • Sydney-Auckland return two times in Premium Economy Class (at least 34 Status Points each way).
  • Alternatively, Sydney-Auckland return with at least one leg in Business Class (from 82 Status Points one-way Business, plus at least 18 Status Points the other way in the lowest Economy ‘seat’ fare).

Finally, domestic travel within New Zealand is also eligible, of course. Using Auckland-Queenstown as an example:

  • Auckland-Queenstown return four times on the cheapest Economy ‘seat’ fare (at least 14 Status Points each way).
  • Auckland-Queenstown five one-way flights on the most flexible Economy ‘flexidate’ fare (at least 20 Status Points each way).
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Summing up

Air New Zealand’s Touch of Gold is a great incentive. Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyers can dip their toes into Air New Zealand and Star Alliance perks, with a free status match for four months.

It also gives you the opportunity to increase this by a further eight months if you fly and collect 100 Status Points. That’s reasonably easy to do. While international travel is limited at present, holding Star Alliance Gold status could certainly come in handy down the line.

Additional reporting by Chris Chamberlin.

Air New Zealand extends ‘Touch of Gold’ status match was last modified: August 25th, 2023 by Brandon Loo