Flight Centre Mastercard
Earn Flight Centre Rewards and take advantage of long term finance deals for big-ticket purchases and your dream holiday.
What is the Flight Centre Mastercard?
The Flight Centre Mastercard serves as both a regular credit card and a long-term finance card for bigger purchases at a variety of participating retailers.
You can earn Flight Centre Rewards when you use your card both at home and overseas, and redeem these on flights, cruises, rental cars and holiday packages at Flight Centre.
There are no international transaction fees and you can manage your card with a handy app for Android and iOS.
|Product Name||Flight Centre Mastercard|
|Rewards Program||Flight Centre Rewards|
|Purchase rate (p.a.)||22.95% p.a.|
|Annual Fee||$50 p.a.|
|Interest Free Period||Up to 44 days on purchases|
|Late Payment Fee||$15|
|Complimentary Travel Insurance||No|
|Available To Temporary Residents||No|
Benefits and features
- Globally accepted. The Flight Centre Mastercard is accepted around the world wherever you see the Mastercard logo.
- Flight Centre Rewards. Earn Flight Centre Rewards on purchases including fuel top-ups, shopping and dining out. $100 = 1 Flight Centre Reward with double rewards at Flight Centre. You can redeem your rewards on travel bookings and deals at Flight Centre with any airline, hotel or tour package. Reward credit is valid for three years and will be automatically deducted when you use your card at Flight Centre.
- No international transaction fees. No fees when you use your card for purchases overseas. With other credit cards, you usually incur international transaction fees of between 1.8-4.5% of the purchase value. Fees differ from bank to bank and are made up of a foreign currency margin for Visa or Mastercard, plus a currency conversion assessment fee.
- Boingo Wi-Fi. As a Mastercard holder, you get unlimited access to over one million Wi-Fi hotspots in New Zealand and around the world. A dedicated app for iPhone and Android lets you find and connect to hotspots near you.
- Book now, pay later. Book your travel now and pay for it later with your Flight Centre Mastercard.
- Additional cardholders. You can add up to 4 additional cardholders and earn Flight Centre Rewards for all purchases.
- Contactless payments. Tap and go with contactless card payments.
- Interest-free days. You can get up to 44 days interest free on purchases if you pay your statement balance off in full each month.
- Apple Pay. Connect your Flight Centre Mastercard with Apple Pay for more convenient payments.
- Authorised person. You can nominate an authorised person to your account. This person can view the balance, due payments, transaction information and Flight Centre Rewards, plus make payment arrangements and report the card as lost or stolen.
- Annual account fee. An account fee of $50 is charged each year, split into two payments of $25.
- Interest rate. The standard interest rate for the Flight Centre Mastercard is 22.95% for purchases and 24.95% for cash advances. Long-term finance deals may be subject to interest-free finance periods.
- Establishment fee. The first time you use your card for long term finance, an establishment fee of $55 will be charged.
- Advance fee. For additional long term finance purchases, an advance fee of $35 is charged.
- Cash advance fee. Cash advances are subject to a $2 fee when withdrawing from a domestic ATM or $3 from an international ATM.
Additional fees apply for replacement cards, paper statements, variation of repayment terms, making withdrawals from a teller and for defaulting on payments.
Long-term finance deals
You can use your Flight Centre Mastercard for large purchases at thousands of participating outlets across New Zealand.
This includes retail stores, dentists, optometrists and hearing clinics, and means that you can get those items or healthcare services that you need now, and spread payments over time.
You can take advantage of interest-free payments or deferred payments during promotional periods.
Some retailers and healthcare providers that offer long term finance deals include:
- Warehouse Stationery
- Big Save Furniture
- Mitre 10
- JB Hi-Fi
- PB Tech
- Pet Doctors
- Michael Hill
- Bay Audiology
- Carpet Court
- Hunting & Fishing
At Flight Centre, you can use long term finance to travel now and pay later. You can book that dream holiday when you see that tickets are on sale and pay the balance off over a period of time.
How do I manage my Flight Centre Mastercard?
To manage your card you can download the Flight Centre Mastercard app from the App Store or Google Play. This app allows you to:
- Activate your card and set up your PIN number
- Check your account balance and available credit limit
- See the minimum payment due
- View your Flight Centre Rewards
- Download statements for the last six months
- Get your card number for easy online shopping
To make payments, the preferred option is by direct debit. You can download a form from the website or set it up by phone. Alternatively, you can make automatic payments or bill payments from your online banking.
What to consider before applying
- The Flight Centre Mastercard does have a higher interest rate but it does fall in the range offered by other reward cards. If you don’t have a habit of paying off your balance each month, you’ll need to consider how much interest you’ll pay compared to a low rate card.
- Every year you’ll pay $50 in account fees, plus additional fees for long term finance. There is an establishment fee of $55 for the first transaction, then each following long term finance setup will cost you $35. If you end up with three finance deals in your first year, you’ll pay $175 in account fees plus any applicable interest.
- The long term finance deals with Q Mastercard offering no interest and no repayments are attractive, but they can end up being expensive. Once the deal period is over, you will be charged 22.95% p.a. interest until the balance is paid off. So if you buy a new TV for $1,000 with no interest and no repayments for 12 months and you don’t make any repayments during this time, you’ll effectively be paying interest on the full purchase price at the start of the 13th month. And if you only make the minimum payment required from then on, the only benefit that you would have gained was delaying the payments. You’ll still have a good chunk of interest to pay.
- Unlike other banks, you won’t pay unnecessary foreign currency fees with the Flight Centre Mastercard. While this won’t be of importance to someone who only makes NZD transactions, for someone who travels or makes purchases in foreign currency, this can save a bunch of cash.
How to apply for a Flight Centre Mastercard
If you are ready to apply for the Flight Centre Mastercard, make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria and have the appropriate documentation. The process takes around five minutes and you can start by applying through the Flight Centre Mastercard website
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- Reside in New Zealand
- Have a valid email address and phone number
- Agree to a credit check
Additional cardholders need to:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Hold an NZ Driver’s Licence
- Have an email address and mobile number different to your own
When you apply, you must have a photo ID and proof of address.
- Photo ID. A New Zealand passport or driver’s licence, an Australian passport, or a passport of other nationality with a valid residency visa.
- Proof of address. A bank statement, utility bill, IRD letter or insurance policy. This must be dated within the last three months and have the correct printed address.