I have two loyalty programmes, well actually I used to have AirNZ but then switched to SA KrisFlyer as my primary. My AirNZ is just standard level, but my SA KrisFlyer is Gold.

I finally used my AirNZ dollars waiting to be used on a AKL>SIN flight, however as that loyalty card is only standard it doesn't come with any extra baggage privileges.

Does anyone know if I can just show my SA KrisFlyer Gold at check in to give me an extra checked bag for free? Or will the fact that the loyalty programme that is logged against the flight isn't Gold mess that up?


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I can't say for sure about Air NZ, but I have done this with Delta, including the award tickets. You can call them and ask them to put a different Frequent Flier number on your ticket, and then the eligibility for benefits would be defined by this number. Unless AirNZ has a requirement that you should only use your AirNZ FF# on award ticket (Delta and Alaska do not), this should be easy.

You may need to do this in advance; at least with Delta if you already got a free upgrade (which can happen up to 5 days before the flight depending on your status), they will not be able to remove the FF# from the ticket.

Note that many benefits (such as access to priority checkin, lounge and priority boarding) you can get even without having your FF number on a ticket - you just need to show your frequent flier card. Used this a lot last year, when I flew Delta while parking miles on Alaska. However free luggage allowance (and complimentary upgrades) are generally tied up to having FF# on a ticket.


According to NZ's baggage rules, no. You can only get Star Gold benefits, which includes an extra bag, when the itinerary includes 2 or more Star Alliance carriers.

If you are flying non-stop on NZ, you do not meet this requirement.

NZ Baggage Allowances

  • Downvote? Really? Source? Totally unwarranted.
    – DTRT
    Dec 23, 2016 at 17:55
  • I didn't downvote, but I don't think you have answered the question asked.
    – George Y.
    Dec 23, 2016 at 22:09
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    @GeorgeY. That answer is directly from the NZ web site describing Star baggage allowances.
    – DTRT
    Dec 23, 2016 at 22:12
  • So you're sure he's taking a direct flight? There are connecting AKL-SIN flights on AirNZ.
    – George Y.
    Dec 23, 2016 at 22:32
  • @GeorgeY. "on a AKL>SIN flight" is not particularly ambiguous. NZ flies this route and booking anything else as an award would be quite challenging. So, yes, I am more than reasonably sure.
    – DTRT
    Dec 24, 2016 at 1:13

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