Credit and refund information

We are offering flexibility for all domestic and international flights departing up to 31 August 2022. If you are unable to travel for any reason, you can cancel your booking and receive a credit. Your credit will be valid for 12 months. 

Request a credit through Manage Booking

Please note
:  We can only process credit and refund requests if you booked directly with Air New Zealand. If you booked through a travel agent, including a third party website, please talk with them directly.

Last updated 15 August 2022, 2:50pm


Please note that validity for using credits has been extended.

What is a credit?

A credit is a dollar value retained for you to use to book future travel. Think of it as holding an electronic voucher to spend when you're ready. You may be offered the option of a credit if your flight is cancelled or if your plans change.

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.

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

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

How do I view my credit balance?

To view and use your credit, you'll need your booking reference and the email address from your original booking.

How do I use my credit?

  • Where? You can use your credit to purchase any Air New Zealand fares, including when another airline is involved. You can also use an existing credit to pay for a flight change, purchasing seats, bags or upgrading an existing booking. Any additional payment must be made using a credit card.
    Credits cannot be used at the Airpoints™ Store, for FlyNeutral contributions or to purchase other travel products such as hotels or rental cars.
  • Who? You can redeem part or all of your credit for yourself or someone else. If you authorise someone else to use your credit, they will need your booking details. 
  • How? Use up to 2 credits to make a new flight booking online. If you want to use more than 2 credits, 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).

What are the key dates?

Credit opt-in is available for flights departing before 31 August 2022.
Request a credit or change your flight before check in closes on your original flight date.

For credit received before 31 January 2022

  • Redeem your credit by booking new flights by 31 January 2023. Any unused credits will expire after 11:59pm, 31 January 2023 
  • Complete travel before 31 December 2023 
  • For example, if you received a credit on 20 June 2021 you would have until 31 January 2023 to book a flight, with travel to be completed by 31 December 2023

For credit received from 1 February 2022

  • Redeem your credit by booking new flights within 12 months of the date you received your credit
  • Travel within 12 months from the time you made the booking
  • For example, if you received a credit on 5 February 2022 you would have until 5 February 2023 to book a flight, at which time you can book up to 12 months in advance. All travel must be completed within a year from the date of booking.

See the full credit terms and conditions for more information.


Our NZ domestic seat options offer travel flexibility to make changes to your travel plans prior to departure. If you have a flexichange or flexirefund ticket, you have the flexibility to change your flight with no change fees. Flexirefund is also fully refundable.


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:

  • In New Zealand for controllable events like staff sickness, engineering or operational requirements, a refund may be available when Air New Zealand is unable to provide an alternative flight within a reasonable timeframe or where a refund is required by NZ legislation. For disruptions outside of the airline's control (e.g weather), where the alternative flight offered is not suitable, customers can opt into credit or if they purchased a refundable ticket, they will be eligible for a refund.
  • 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

Frequently asked questions - Credit

Frequently 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?

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?

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: