Using Airpoints on fifth-freedom Star Alliance routes

How to use Airpoints on fifth-freedom Star Alliance routes

Star Alliance | Point Hacks
GUIDE: Using Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 2 minutes
POSTED: February 5, 2020
UPDATED: February 5, 2020
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Air New Zealand Airpoints

Fifth-freedom flights represent a novel opportunity to redeem your Airpoints Dollars. Basically, a fifth-freedom flight is one operated by an airline between two countries that it is not registered in (Air New Zealand’s Los Angeles- London flight fits into this category).

Common features of fifth-freedom flights include:

  • They’re usually good value
  • Above-average award availability
  • Are usually on wide-body long-haul aircraft

This guide includes a list of fifth-freedom routes flown by Star Alliance airlines that you can redeem Airpoints Dollars for at the rates published on Air New Zealand’s fixed price partner chart.

We have only listed those routes where Business Class reward availability can be found by booking online. Other routes may be possible to book via phone.

Fifth-freedom routes & pricing

The varying Star Alliance partner airlines operate a number of these type of flights around the world.

Here is a full list with reward pricing in Airpoints Dollars:

RouteAirlineBusiness ClassTaxes & charges
Larnaca - Tel AvivAegean250$40.10
Santiago - Buenos AiresAir Canada300$38.30
Madrid - São PauloAir China1300$43.30
Freetown - MonroviaBrussels Airlines250$205.20
San Jose - GuatemalaCopa Airlines250$63.40
Managua - GuatemalaCopa Airlines250$76.90
San Jose - ManaguaCopa Airlines250$71.10
San Jose - TegucigalpaCopa Airlines250$63.40
Bangkok - Hong KongEgypt Air300$37.40
Bangkok - AmsterdamEVA Air1300$37.40
Bangkok - LondonEVA Air1300$37.40
Bangkok - ViennaEVA Air1300$37.40
Wellington - MelbourneSingapore Airlines500$56.81
Hong Kong - San FranciscoSingapore Airlines1600$95.10
Tokyo - Los AngelesSingapore Airlines1300$77.80
Manchester - HoustonSingapore Airlines1000$214.00
Moscow - StockholmSingapore Airlines300$28.40
Frankfurt - New YorkSingapore Airlines1000$170.20
Accra - AbidjanSouth African Airways250$117.50
Accra - Washington DCSouth African Airways1300$270.90
Taipei - SeoulThai Airways300$25.50
Karachi - MuscatThai Airways250$278.00
São Paulo - Buenos AiresTurkish Airlines300$44.10
Djibouti - MogadishuTurkish Airlines300$43.30
Ouagadougou - ConakryTurkish Airlines300$70.00
Manila - KororUnited Airlines300$170.60
Kwajalein - KosraeUnited Airlines250$0.00
Kwajalein - PohnpeiUnited Airlines300$0.00

All redemption figures are for one-way travel. Taxes and charges are at time of writing.

All routes (with the exception of Hong Kong to San Francisco with Singapore Airlines) are better value to redeem with Airpoints Dollars than KrisFlyer miles. This is based on our conversion method that equalises APD with other point currencies.

No online availability could be found on any fifth-freedom routes offered by the following airlines:

  • Air India
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • LOT Polish Airlines
  • TAP Portugal

Availability with Singapore Airlines can be a bit hit or miss, but as of time of writing is fully loaded onto the Airpoints online booking portal.

Summing up

We are lucky in New Zealand to have access to a points currency that provides for some excellent value on these Star Alliance services.

Many of the routes are also flown by home country Star Alliance partners, e.g. ANA between Tokyo and Los Angeles.

However flying a carrier in a region nowhere near their hub may be a chance to try an airline you may never otherwise have the opportunity to fly.

Have you used your Airpoints Dollars for travel on any of the routes above? Or do you have any other suggestions for good-value fifth-freedom flights? Share in the comments below!

Looking for more inspiration for how to spend your hard-earned frequent flyer points?

Here are some of our Best Uses of Points guides. There may be some overlap but each guide has its own twist.




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Using Airpoints on fifth-freedom Star Alliance routes was last modified: February 5th, 2020 by Daniel Kinnoch

Using Airpoints on fifth-freedom Star Alliance routes was last modified: February 5th, 2020 by Daniel Kinnoch