At present, the website only works for those with credits for a single flight. If you have multiple flights or a group booking, you’ll need to contact the airline’s call centre on 0800 737 000.
Does my credit expire?
Flight credits are being extended. They'll now be valid until 30 June 2022. (You need to book travel by then.) You have 12 months to complete your trip from the time you make the booking.
What if I can't use my credit by the expiry date?
Given the ongoing uncertainty created by Covid-19, we think Air New Zealand may need to extend the 30 June 2022 expiry date for anyone unable to redeem their credit. Alternatively, the airline could provide refunds.
Will the credit be for the full amount I paid?
Not necessarily. For example, your credit won’t include any travel insurance you purchased. Air New Zealand’s insurance is provided by Cover-More: you’ll need to contact it about your policy. Cover-More is only providing credits for cancelled insurance or refunds of 75% of the premium.
What can I use my credit for?
You can only use your credit to purchase Air New Zealand flights (this includes flights sold by Air New Zealand but provided by other airlines). You don’t have to fly the same route or the same destination as you originally booked. For example, if you’d booked to Singapore, you can use your credit for flights within New Zealand.
Do I have to use the full value of the credit in one booking?
No. You can use your credit for more than one flight.
Air New Zealand previously required credits to be used in one transaction but has changed its policy. Some customers who booked flights before the policy change lost part of their credit because they weren’t able to use it all at once. If this applies to you, contact Air New Zealand and ask it to reinstate the balance of your credit.
What if the fare I want to buy is more than the value of my credit?
You can still use your credit but you’ll need to pay the balance of the fare.
Can I buy flights for someone else with my credit?
Yes. You can use your flight credit to buy tickets for others.
Can I combine multiple credits into a single credit?
Yes, credits can be combined.
I bought a flight using Airpoints. Will I get my Airpoints back?
Yes. Airpoints used to purchase your fare will be credited back to your Airpoints account.
When can I get a refund?
You’re entitled to a refund if you booked:
flights to, via or from the US (US refund rules apply)
flights leaving the EU or the UK (EU Regulation 261/2004 applies)
flights to or from Argentina on Air New Zealand’s cancelled Buenos Aires route.
Air New Zealand said it will consider refunds on compassionate grounds – for example, financial hardship, sickness or if you’re unable to use your credit for other reasons. You can contact the airline on 0800 747 800 or email email@example.com.
How do I get a refund?
Contact Air New Zealand on 0800 737 000 (call volumes are high so be prepared for a long wait).
Can I get a refund if I’ve already been given a credit?
Air New Zealand should be informing customers when they’re entitled to request a refund. You don’t have to accept a credit if you weren’t advised a refund was an option.
Will any fees be deducted from my refund?
Refunds for cancelled EU, UK, US and Argentina flights should be made in full. We think refunds on compassionate grounds should also be made in full.
If Air New Zealand deducts fees from your refund, ask it to explain why. If you’re not happy with the reason, let us know.
Air New Zealand told me EU refund rules only apply to EU citizens. Is that right?
No. EU regulations apply to all passengers booked on the flight.
I was told US refund rules only apply to travel booked in the US. What’s the story?
US Department of Transportation refund rules apply to all ticketed passengers on flights to, from or via the US, regardless of where the travel was booked. You don’t have to accept a credit for these flights.
Can I get a refund of the taxes on my airfare?
If you’re not eligible for a full refund, you can claim a refund of taxes. Air New Zealand’s conditions of carriage state you’ll lose the balance of the fare if you request a tax refund. However, the airline says it will now hold the balance in credit.
I paid extra for seat selection and luggage. Can I get these costs back?
In our view, yes. Air New Zealand’s terms for seat selection and extra bags state charges for these services are refundable if your flight’s disrupted.
Can my travel agent refuse a refund if Air New Zealand has refunded my fare to them?
Travel agents should pass on any refunds received from airlines. Terms allowing agents to retain refunds are likely to breach the unfair terms provisions of the Fair Trading Act. Agents may be able to charge you a cancellation fee. Complain to the Commerce Commission if you think an agent is charging an unreasonable amount.