Air New Zealand has launched a bonus status point offer, which could see qualifying members retain elite status three times faster than usual.

And with elite Air New Zealand status offering perks like extra baggage, lounge access, upgrades and more, it’s not hard to see why this could be a tempting offer for many.

A number of travellers who registered for the recent ‘Touch of Gold’ status match we reported on here (myself included) have today received an email from Air New Zealand about the promotion.

Here’s the relevant text from the email I received (I need 450 more status points to retain Gold for the following year):

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Essentially, travellers can earn a whopping 3x Status Points on Air New Zealand Trans-Tasman and Pacific Island flights when entering the promo code “TRIPLESTATUS”.

The travel needs to be booked between 22 February and 3 March 2019, on flights flown between 4 March and 30 May 2019.

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A return trans-Tasman trip in Air New Zealand business class could earn qualifying members triple status points

Is this offer targeted?

It’s not currently clear whether the promo code is targeted or open to public use.

However, we suspect this triple status points offer may be targeted towards existing Air New Zealand elite members, and/or frequent flyers who took advantage of the Touch of Gold status match we reported on late last year here.

We’ve reached out to Air New Zealand for further clarification about eligibility for the promotion, and will update this post with any new information received.

How I plan to use this offer

For me personally, the chance to score an additional year of Air New Zealand (and therefore Star Alliance) Gold is very tempting. I’ll need just 150 normal status points (tripled to 450 status points) in order to qualify for this offer. I could easily see myself booking a return trans-Tasman business class trip to fulfil the promotion requirements.

Did you receive the offer, and if so, will you be participating in it?

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