United Airlines alliance

Together we’re making it easier to get to the USA.

Our alliance with United covers flights between New Zealand and mainland USA, including feeder flights within New Zealand and the US. The alliance is part of our strong Pacific Rim partner network, which includes Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and Air China.

For our customers, it means easy access to more flights and more destinations.

More seats, more flight times

Air New Zealand operates a daily service between Auckland and San Francisco, twice-daily services between Auckland and Los Angeles, and five services a week between Auckland and Houston. This increases to daily flights during the December/January peak period.

United operates 777-200 aircraft flying a daily service between San Francisco and Auckland.

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Member benefits

Air New Zealand and United are Star Alliance members, so customers enjoy reciprocal frequent flyer benefits, such as earning and spending loyalty points. Star Alliance Gold members (Airpoints™ Elite and Gold) also receive frequent flyer benefits, such as lounge access and priority handling at the airport.

For Airpoints™ information, please visit the United Star Alliance page.

Seat select

We recommend that you pre-select seating on United operated flights to ensure you are seated together with family and travel companions. Seat select is not available whilst booking a United operated flight on the Air New Zealand website, however you can select a seat on United by doing either of the following: