Credit and refund information

Our online credit tool is now live.

Travel continues to be challenging, so we've extended our credit validity to make things a bit easier. All credits are now valid to book new flights until 30 June 2022 for travel until 30 June 2023. We've also extended credit opt-in and fee-free changes for NZ domestic flights due to depart before 30 June 2021 and international flights due to depart before 31 December 2021.

You can now use an existing credit online to pay for a flight change, to purchase seats, bags or upgrade an existing booking.

We can only process credit and refund requests if you booked directly with us, either online or through our Contact Centre. If you booked through a travel agent, including a third party website, please talk with them directly.


What is a credit?

A credit is a commitment from Air New Zealand to honour the value of your COVID-19-affected flights. You can use your credit to book flights by 30 June 2022 and travel within 12 months of making your booking.

Your credit includes any of the following which apply to your booking:

  • the original fare,
  • all taxes paid (including GST),
  • any Air New Zealand flight products, e.g. Seats to Suit, Economy Skycouch, Seat Select, extra bag(s).
  • any unaccompanied minor fees, credit card surcharges, or booking fees.
  • any carbon-offsetting contributions.

Some things are not included in your credit value, such as insurance, hotels, and rental cars.

One credit is issued per booking. If you have multiple eligible bookings, you will be issued multiple credits.

Are my flights eligible?

  • NZ Domestic flights due to depart before 30 June 2021 are eligible for credits.
  • International flights due to depart before 31 December 2021 are eligible for credits.

What are the key dates?

  • Opt-in for a credit before check in closes on your original flight date.
  • Redeem the credit by booking new flights by 30 June 2022.
  • Travel within 12 months from the time you made the booking.
  • All credits are valid for booking until 30 June 2022.

How do I view my credit balance?

  • Online using our online credit tool
  • On your E-ticket - your credit includes the original fare, taxes (including GST) paid, any flight products including Seats to Suit, Economy Skycouch, Seat Select, extra bag(s), or any unaccompanied minor fees, credit card surcharges, booking fees, and carbon offsetting contributions.

How do I use my credit?

  • Where? You can use your credit on any Air New Zealand domestic or international flights, regardless of your original ticket type. You can use an existing credit to pay for a flight change, purchase seats, bags or upgrade an existing booking.
  • Who? You can use your credit to book flights or to make changes to an existing booking including flight changes, purchasing seats, bags or upgrades for yourself or someone else.
  • How? Use up to 2 credits online to make a new flight booking or call our Contact Centre. If you would like to use your credit to make changes to an existing booking, such as adding a bag, only 1 credit may be used within a transaction. If your purchase is more than your credit value, any additional payment must be made using a credit card (no credit card fee will be charged).

See the full credit terms and conditions for more information.

Frequently asked questions - Credit

Do I need to spend my credit all at once?

My credit is not enough to cover the new flights I want to book - what are my options?

I can't access the credit tool - how can I use my credit?

What can I use my credit for? Can I use it to book a hotel?

I received an email saying my credit has been redeemed, but I have no knowledge of this. What do I do?

I've booked through a travel agent, when will I hear about my credit?



Fares are only refundable under the following criteria:

  1. It was specified in the original conditions of your fare, or
  2. Local legislation requires a refund when a flight is cancelled by the operating airline, or
  3. The request qualifies for the Air New Zealand COVID-19 compassionate refund policy.

Refundable fare types

You can find the full details of your fare type on our fare rules page. Your fare type is noted on the receipt page of your E-ticket.

Relevant local legislation

Below are some examples of local legislation that may apply to an eligible flight cancelled by Air New Zealand:

  • US refund laws apply to flights to/from/within and via the US, regardless of country of residence or purchase.
  • Regulation 261/2004 applies to flights departing the EU or UK on any airline, and flights arriving in the EU or UK operated by a European Carrier.  The regulation gives passengers the option of requesting a refund, regardless of the country of residence or purchase.
  • A refund may also be available in the following jurisdictions, provided that the passenger is resident in the applicable jurisdiction and the travel commences or ends in that jurisdiction:
    • South Korea
    • Argentina
    • Brazil
    • Taipei
    • Mainland China

COVID-19 compassionate refund policy

You can request a COVID-19 compassionate refund if:

  • You can no longer travel due to ill health
  • You are suffering financial hardship
  • You are a vulnerable person and can't travel without help

Apply for a COVID-19 compassionate refund, or call our dedicated line between 8:00am and 7:00pm NZT Monday - Friday on 0800 747 800.

Frequently asked questions - Refunds

Can my credit or new ticket be refunded?

Can I use credit to book a refundable fare?

I don't want to travel anymore, what are my options?

Frequents asked questions - Airpoints

I'm logged into my Airpoints account but I can't see my credits - where are they?

I paid for my booking with Airpoints Dollars – what happens now?

Can I transfer other credits to Airpoints Dollars?

Will I earn Airpoints Dollars and Status points when I use my credit?

Other travel products

Our partners provide other travel products both within our online booking service and via standalone websites. While we can't give you a credit on their behalf, you can contact them directly and they will be able to offer support based on their individual policies, as well as the conditions of your booking.

You can find more information about how our travel partners are assisting with cancelled travel plans below:

Rental cars - Avis, Budget and Apex

Taxis or airport transfers