Stuff - Elite Perks

Old Apr 23, 2023, 3:54 pm
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Stuff - Elite Perks

Funny article where they find out of the hidden perks of Elite that no one talks about.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/...dy-talks-about
For me, there is one perk that rules them all: Elite Partner.

This means you can essentially gift an Elite status to anyone, and theyll receive many of the same benefits as you do.
Umm Elite Partner is only a free Koru membership.

And the other hidden perk:
Get the fancy headphones (how many people who fly and are Elite don't have their own noise cancelling headphones)
On TT head FA may introduce themselves.

No one talks about those perks as people have their own headphones and someone introducing themselves is no biggie.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:09 pm
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Yeah I read the article this morning. A lot of words for exactly what's stated in the AirNZ website and not worth the time to read it. If it was EP1 it'd be different..
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:11 pm
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:37 pm
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Whoever wrote that an elite partner gets the same benefits as you - I wish. It is a glorified lounge membership pass for your elite partner as far as I am aware. The main perk that elites chase is APD upgrades, a great perk. And as far as I am aware, Elite Partners do not get access to any upgrades at all. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

I'll tell anyone what a hidden perk is: elite companion fares. It took me years in the program to figure out that I could buy companion fares, and then it took two phone calls to actually figure out how they work. If I had known about these, it could have saved me thousands of dollars over the years.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:46 pm
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Arent Elite Partners treated like Elite in terms of uplift for things like OneUp?

As for EP1 benefits, I already posted about this on here in the past. I dont think these benefits have changed post-Covid but could check.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:55 pm
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congrats to whoever that was
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 4:55 pm
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Originally Posted by kiwifrequentflyer
Whoever wrote that an elite partner gets the same benefits as you - I wish. It is a glorified lounge membership pass for your elite partner as far as I am aware. The main perk that elites chase is APD upgrades, a great perk. And as far as I am aware, Elite Partners do not get access to any upgrades at all. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

I'll tell anyone what a hidden perk is: elite companion fares. It took me years in the program to figure out that I could buy companion fares, and then it took two phone calls to actually figure out how they work. If I had known about these, it could have saved me thousands of dollars over the years.
Yeah Elite Partner is basically a Koru membership, no *A benefits, no perks like RUs. If gifted an RU or APD Upgrade not sure were they stack.

I thought the companion fares were available to Koru and Gold as well? Though require 2 R class as well so hard to come by.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 5:14 pm
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They might be available to everyone, I am unsure. But yes, they still take up the same space as an upgrade so it needs to be available.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 6:06 pm
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Originally Posted by nzkarit
Yeah Elite Partner is basically a Koru membership, no *A benefits, no perks like RUs. If gifted an RU or APD Upgrade not sure were they stack.

I thought the companion fares were available to Koru and Gold as well? Though require 2 R class as well so hard to come by.
My EP has no AirNZ status (well, Jade/member).

A gifted $AP RU Y->PE cleared when EF was showing E1U0O0A0. BP cabin was also very full.

That this actually cleared is suggestive that EP indeed counts as some form of status, as it is hard to believe that there were not any Silver/Gold with upgrades also lodged.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 6:35 pm
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Slightly related / noob question: Do Elite APD upgrade requests outweigh Elite RU requests?
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 7:37 pm
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Originally Posted by PontiacBandit1848
Slightly related / noob question: Do Elite APD upgrade requests outweigh Elite RU requests?
No APD and RU are evaluated as if they are the same upgrade instrument. So APD vs RU doesn't make a difference. Status, Date of booking, etc are what factor into the upgrade order.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by nzkarit
Funny article where they find out of the hidden perks of Elite that no one talks about.
https://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/...dy-talks-about
Umm Elite Partner is only a free Koru membership.

And the other hidden perk:
Get the fancy headphones (how many people who fly and are Elite don't have their own noise cancelling headphones)
On TT head FA may introduce themselves.

No one talks about those perks as people have their own headphones and someone introducing themselves is no biggie.
yes I am an EP and agree it's really just Koru membership.

I was so tired on my last trip I had fallen asleep straight after takeoff, only to be woken up to be welcomed by the FSM and to be offered my 'headphones' - on most flights they are waiting on seat / pocket already.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by nzkarit

No one talks about those perks as people have their own headphones and someone introducing themselves is no biggie.
The fact he thinks these are the real perks and yet ignores what are the actual real perks are pretty much sums up his knowledge of Air NZ.

As others have already said upgrades and companion fares are the key perks of being Elite.
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 9:03 pm
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They didn't mention the car rental and hotel upgrade vouchers! (Hah!)
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Old Apr 23, 2023, 10:35 pm
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And now the target pointless followup.

https://i.stuff.co.nz/travel/news/30...-flyer-schemes

The fact is none of the answers to that poll are really appropriate.
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