• Earning extra credit card points at the ANZ Rewards Bonus Points Mall

    ANZ Rewards credit card customers can score up to 10 bonus ANZ reward points per dollar spent on everything from flight and hotel bookings through to online shopping for fashion, homewares, technology, liquor and more, simply by starting their shopping journey through the ANZ Rewards Bonus Points...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 0 Comments

  • Earning Air New Zealand Airpoints, status credits on Qantas flights

    Air New Zealand's Airpoints members will be able to earn frequent flyer points on domestic Qantas flights as of October 28, 2018 – however, status points will not included in the codeshare deal. The Qantas tie-up, which sees the Flying Kangaroo replace challenger Virgin Australia as A...

    POSTED 23 Jul, 2018 3 Comments

  • Which Qantas lounges can Air New Zealand Airpoints Golds, Elites use?

    Air New Zealand's Airpoints frequent flyers will enjoy have access to Qantas Clubs around Australia under the newly-forged alliance between the two airlines. As of October 28, 2018, Airpoints Elite and Gold members booked on a codeshare flight with Qantas will find the doors swing open for them ...

    POSTED 20 Jul, 2018 10 Comments

  • NAB launches new frequent flyer credit cards, NAB Rewards program

    EXCLUSIVE | NAB is broadening its suite of frequent flyer rewards credit cards with three brand new products tied to an all-new ‘NAB Rewards’ loyalty program, with airline partners including Virgin Australia, Cathay Pacific and Air New Zealand. Now open for application, the NAB Rewar...

    POSTED 23 Jan, 2017 7 Comments

  • The Star Alliance business class upgrade guide

    Whether you’re flying with Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, United or any other Star Alliance airline, you may be able to use frequent flyer points to upgrade your economy class ticket into a business class seat. This perk isn’t limited to the frequent flyers of each air...

    POSTED 29 Dec, 2016 6 Comments

  • The Air New Zealand business class upgrade guide

    With so many ways to upgrade to business class aboard Air New Zealand, there’s no reason you should be down the back in economy on your next trip across the pond and beyond. It’s possible to bid real money for a business class upgrade via Air NZ’s ‘OneUp’ scheme, an...

    POSTED 25 Aug, 2016 7 Comments

  • This week's frequent flyer wrap for road warriors

    September marks a big month for Qantas frequent flyers with a 50% points boost from AccorHotels at properties like Sofitel, Pullman and Novotel, along with a free one-year Qantas epiQure membership for Accor’s own loyalty members. Also in this week’s wrap, the five best credit card s...

    POSTED 18 Sep, 2015 1 Comment

  • Air New Zealand launches new 'Airpoints for Business' frequent flyer scheme

    New Zealand-based small and medium-sized businesses can now earn Airpoints Dollars of their very own through Air New Zealand’s new Airpoints for Business program, which can in turn can be used to book free flights and save on the company’s travel expenditure. Similar in nature to the...

    POSTED 16 Sep, 2015 0 Comments

  • American Express Membership Rewards explained

    With an impressive roster of airline partners including Virgin Australia, Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, the American Express Membership Rewards program gives you the flexibility to spend when it’s convenient to you, while deciding what to do with your points at a later da...

    POSTED 26 May, 2015 4 Comments

  • Air New Zealand signs up Westpac NZ as new credit card partner

    Air New Zealand will drop the Bank of New Zealand from its roster of credit card partners next month, with Westpac stepping in to replace BNZ as of May 1, 2015. Westpac New Zealand will join Kiwibank, ANZ and American Express in issuing credit cards which can earn Airpoints, the c...

    POSTED 19 Mar, 2015 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand rejigs frequent flyer scheme, debuts new Elite status

    An overhaul of Air New Zealand’s Airpoints program will see vast changes to the earning rates for both Airpoints Dollars and Status Points, with higher-spending members to receive the most recognition with a new invitation-only VIP tier. From March 31 2014, any ‘regularly available&r...

    POSTED 19 Nov, 2013 0 Comments

  • Air NZ's new Seat Select extra-legroom system explained

    Air New Zealand frequent flyers and business travellers across the Tasman have been trying to sort through the many-layered implications of the airline's new Seat Select scheme announced last week. As we previously reported, Seat Select sees Air New Zealand now charging for the best seats o...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2012 23 Comments

  • Air NZ to frequent flyers: pay up if you want extra-legroom seats

    UPDATE | Air New Zealand has now confirmed to Australian Business Traveller precisely which premium economy, extra-legroom, exit row, bulkhead and extra-elbow-room seats are now up for sale -- and which are still part of the package for its Gold, Gold Elite and Koru cardholders, Virgin Australia ...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2012 12 Comments

  • AirNZ makes passengers bid for upgrades via online auction

    Air New Zealand's new 'bid for upgrades' auction system takes effect tomorrow, July 12, as the airline abandons the long-standing ability to purchase upgrades at a fixed price using Airpoints dollars -- Air NZ's version of frequent flyer points. Under the new OneUp scheme, which the airline...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2012 7 Comments

  • How to hack the tangled web of Etihad's frequent flyer partners

    Want to earn miles from American Airlines flights that you can spend on Virgin Australia tickets? Or pick up points from Malaysia Airlines flights for free flights on either airline? Middle East airline Etihad has been busy forging reciprocal frequent flyer links with American Airlines and Malay...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2011 4 Comments

  • Air New Zealand Airpoints cards get smartchip, travel money card

    IN BRIEF | Air New Zealand will issue some 700,000 frequent flyers with a new Airpoints card which doubles as a digital boarding pass and MasterCard travel money card. Each new card contains an ePass smartchip to recognise a passenger's booking at domestic check-in kiosks, similar to Q...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2011 1 Comment

  • Get an Air New Zealand Airpoints account for free

    Travel tip: Like Qantas and certain other airlines, Air New Zealand charges a nominal fee to join its Airpoints frequent flyer programme. But a current promotion lets you skip the usual NZ$50 (A$37) sign-up fee. Enroll for signing up at www.airpoints.co.nz, and on the screen wher...

    POSTED 11 Jul, 2011 5 Comments

  • Air New Zealand slashes frequent flyer Airpoints earning rates in Economy

    Air New Zealand has made steep cuts to the amount of frequent flyer Airpoints earned when flying Economy, with the cheapest fares now earning less than half of previous rates on flights to North America and Western Australia. Frequent flyers who accrue Airpoints dollars in Air New Zealand's loya...

    POSTED 15 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's Business Premier: what's new in business class on the 777-300ER

    Our team made it on board Air New Zealand's newest 777-300ER when it stopped at Wellington last week, and we checked out the brand new Premium Economy Spaceseats, Economy Skycouches and updated Business Premier flat bed pods with an eye out for business travellers' needs.  Here's what to ex...

    POSTED 14 Feb, 2011 1 Comment

  • AirNZ brings back

    Air New Zealand will offer passengers extra legroom in economy class at no added cost on trans-Tasman flights from late next month. The move comes in response to criticism from business travellers and frequent flyers who regularly ply the skies between Australia and New Zealand – a route w...

    POSTED 10 Feb, 2011 0 Comments

  • AirNZ LAX flights get new business & premium economy seats this week

    Air New Zealand’s new business class and premium economy ‘Spaceseat’, along with the 'cuddle-class' Skycouch, will make their debut on flights between Auckland and Los Angeles this week. This first NZ-US service for the shiny new 777-300ER follows last week's appearance of th...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand's new business and premium economy seats debut on Melbourne and Brisbane flights this week

    Air New Zealand’s new business class and premium economy ‘Spaceseat’ are making their debut on daily flights between Melbourne and Auckland this week, along with a one-day visit to Brisbane. The Kiwi flag-carrier is not publicly promoting these 'preview' flights, preferring ...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Virgin Blue and Air New Zealand alliance approved by Australian and NZ governments

    Update The New Zealand government has today approved the trans-Tasman alliance between Air New Zealand and Virgin Blue. With Australia's ACCC already giving the nod to this partnership, it sets up both airlines for a 2011 attack on Qantas' lucrative Tasman route as well as opening new direct ro...

    POSTED 21 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

  • Air New Zealand to introduce new business and premium economy seats on Melbourne-Auckland flights

    Air New Zealand’s new Business Premier and premium economy ‘Spaceseat’ will make their debut on daily flights between Melbourne and Auckland next month. The new cabins, along with the innovative ‘cuddle class’ Skycouch for economy passengers, are all features of the...

    POSTED 16 Dec, 2010 1 Comment


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