UK Air Passenger Duty on upgrades
The UK government imposes an Air Passenger Duty in relation to each passenger travelling on flights originating from London.
If you upgrade to a higher class, the higher Air Passenger Duty rate applies and we will collect the difference from you.
We will collect this amount through our Air New Zealand Contact Centre if your upgrade is confirmed before your departure from London Heathrow, but if we can’t contact you or if your upgrade isn’t confirmed until time of departure, then you will need to pay this amount at our service desk at London Heathrow.
If your upgrade cannot be confirmed until the departure gate, your credit card details will be taken at check-in, but only processed if you are successfully upgraded. You will be given a receipt prior to departure.
I’ve requested an upgrade from Premium Economy to Business Premier. Will I have to pay an extra amount?
No. The Airpoints Dollar rate for Premium Economy and Business Class is the same.
How much will I need to pay?
The amount payable for upgrades from Economy Class into Premium Economy or Business Premier on flights leaving London Heathrow vary depending on your destination as follows:
London to Los Angeles and/or New Zealand = £71
From 01/04/16 London to Los Angeles and/or New Zealand = £73
(includes all flight connections* within 24 hours of arrival in Los Angeles through to all US destinations, Canada and China.)
If two or more international flights are connected, it is the final destination of the connected flight which determines the duty liability.
Are children included?
Yes. If a child is upgraded from Economy class to one of the higher classes, the higher Air Passenger Duty will apply (at the same rate as for an adult) and the difference is payable before the applicable flight.
What happens if I’m travelling with an infant?
There will be no additional charge for Infants below the age of two who are not occupying a seat. If a seat is purchased for the infant then on upgrading from Economy to Premium Economy or Business Premier, the higher Air Passenger Duty will apply and the difference is payable before the applicable flight.
Are there any other exemptions?
Passengers who are on EU inbound connecting flights (within 24 hours) e.g. Copenhagen to London then London to Los Angeles, are not liable to pay Air Passenger Duty. The connecting flights must be detailed on the same ticket, or if purchased online, must be purchased at the same time through the same portal. If you have paid Air Passenger Duty (GB) on your original ticket for Economy class, then you need to pay the additional amount if you upgrade into one of the higher service classes.
What currency will I be charged in?
If your upgrade is confirmed prior to departure and we are able to make contact with you, then the additional amount will be charged in the currency that your original ticket was purchased with. For example, if you purchased the ticket originally in New Zealand Dollars (NZD), then the additional amount will be charged in NZD, using the current Bank Selling Rate to convert the applicable charge from British Pounds (GBP).
If your upgrade is confirmed and we are unable to contact you, or your upgrade is confirmed on the day of departure, then you will be charged in GBP at London Heathrow at time of check-in.
* Flights are considered to be ‘connecting flights’ if they are within 24 hours and are detailed on the same ticket, or if purchased online, must be purchased at the same time through the same portal.
See the Airpoints Terms and Conditions for full programme details.