Air China

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Air New Zealand operates daily services between Auckland and Shanghai, and Air China operates daily services between Auckland and Beijing from October to February and four times a week March to September. Our alliance with Air China means both services can be easily booked through either airline.

Through the alliance, Air New Zealand customers also receive better access to Air China's comprehensive domestic network. For Air China customers the alliance enhances access to Air New Zealand's network, including Australia, Pacific Islands countries and South America, as well as domestic New Zealand flights.

  • Major Hub Airports: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai
  • Frequent Flyer Programme: PhoenixMiles
  • Type of partnership: Qualifying Partner/Star Alliance
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Earning Airpoints Dollars™

As an Airpoints™ member, if you fly on Air China operated flight between Auckland and Beijing, subject to your booking class being eligible, you will earn Airpoints Dollars as per the Air New Zealand tab on our Airpoints Calculator.

All other Air China operated flights, subject to your booking class being eligible, will earn Airpoints Dollars as per the Partner tab on our Airpoints Calculator

New Zealand-based Airpoints for Business members can earn Airpoints Dollars on Air China operated flights with an NZ flight number between Auckland and Beijing, subject to flying in an eligible booking class.

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Earning Status Points

As an Airpoints member, if you fly on an Air China operated flight between Auckland and Beijing, subject to your booking class being eligible, you will earn Status Points as per the Air New Zealand tab on our Airpoints Calculator.

All other Air China operated flights, subject to your booking class being eligible, will earn Status Points as per the Partner tab on our Airpoints Calculator.

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Spending Airpoints Dollars

Airpoints members can use their Airpoints Dollars to purchase Air China operated flights between Auckland and Beijing directly through the Air New Zealand website.

Alternatively, Airpoints members can use their Airpoints Dollars to redeem Air China reward flights via our Star Alliance reward flight portal.

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Airpoints Elite and Gold benefits

Star Alliance Gold benefits apply for Airpoints Elite and Gold members. 

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Elite partner benefits

Departing New Zealand:
Elite Partners will receive access to the Air New Zealand Lounge at Auckland International Airport when departing on NZ marketing flight numbers for services to Beijing operated by Air China.

No other Elite Partner benefits apply on Air China operated flights.

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Koru benefits

Departing New Zealand:
Koru members will receive access to the Air New Zealand Lounge at Auckland International Airport when departing on NZ marketing flight numbers for services to Beijing operated by Air China.

No other Koru benefits apply on Air China operated flights.

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Baggage Allowance

On services operated by Air China to Beijing, carry on baggage rules are different. Economy passengers can only take 1 x 5kg carry on bag and Business passengers can take 2 x 8kg carry on bags.

Checked baggage allowance on Air China operated flights is 2 x 23kg for economy class passengers; Airpoints Gold and Elite are entitled to 1 additional bag up to 23kg. Elite Partner and Koru members are not entitled to additional bags on Air China operated flights.

Eligible booking classes
 
First class

A, F, P

 
Business class

J, C, D, Z, R

 
Premium economy

G, E*

 
Full economy 

Y, B, M

 
Discount economy

U, H, Q, V, W, S, T, L, K

*Flights in Air China G and E class will accrue at Full Economy rates.
Booking classes that are not mentioned are not eligible for accrual.