How to Earn More Air New Zealand Airpoints

Information verified correct on December 8th, 2016

With rewards including flights, upgrades, gifts and other benefits, there's a whole lot of reasons to earn more Air New Zealand Airpoints.

The Air New Zealand frequent flyer program offers Airpoints Dollars for all eligible Air New Zealand flights, as well as many partner airlines and Star Alliance flights. It also has over 50 program partners that allow you to earn Airpoints for your everyday spending – including with an Australian or New Zealand credit card. To give you an idea of the benefits of an Air New Zealand frequent flyer credit card, here's a look at the Global Plus Card that was previously issued by New Zealand's BNZ.

Important information

In May 2015, Air New Zealand cancelled its partnership with BNZ. As a result, the BNZ GlobalPlus Card was replaced with the BNZ Advantage for both existing and new customers. As such, the following information on the BNZ GlobalPlus Card is for reference only.

The Global Plus Card

The great thing about the Global Plus Card is that you can earn frequent flyer points through New Zealand Airpoints by making almost any purchase. You can earn points by buying the groceries, paying the electric bill or putting gas in the car. This makes it very easy to earn points.

Global Plus is accepted anywhere in New Zealand that the Visa, MasterCard and American Express card are also accepted. This means that the average New Zealander should be able to use Global Plus almost anywhere. This means that a person should be able to collect frequent flyer points with day to day activities. That gives Global Plus customers a big advantage over members of some other Frequent Flyer programs.

One of the big drawbacks to other frequent flyer programs is that they can only be used for travel related purchases such as plane tickets and hotel rooms. This meant that most people couldn't take advantage of them, because the average person rarely buys a plane ticket or a hotel room. Any person can now accumulate New Zealand Airpoints by using the Global Plus Card.

Air New Zealand Dollars and New Zealand Airpoints

Redeeming New Zealand Airpoints is very simple. The first step is to book your flight by phone or online. It's probably better to book the flight online because you can use all the points you've accrued as a block at Air New Zealand's website.

All you'll need to do this is the personal access code that you will get with the Global Plus Card. New Zealand Airpoints can be used on flights to 750 destinations in 130 countries. This means that you could travel all over the world with New Zealand Airpoints.

Flights aren't the only thing that you can use the points at when you go with Air New Zealand. The points can be used on car rentals, hotel stays and Koru Club memberships. It is even possible to use the points to send a gift to a friend or family member.

The thing to remember is that you will have to book the hotel room or car rental through the Air New Zealand website. You can access the feature for hotel rooms by clicking on the book now button on the site.

Global Plus and New Zealand Airpoints

The New Zealand Airpoints program is perfect either for the frequent traveller, or the person who just takes one holiday a year. Both of them can earn points towards that dream holiday they've always wanted simply by using their Global Plus Card. Frequent travellers will be able to earn points on business trips while others will be able to earn points in New Zealand. Both types of travellers will be able to use the points when they go on holiday.

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Jonathan is the Assistant Publisher for credit cards and travel money at He's driven by solving problems for consumers, helping them find the product for their needs.

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