How to earn more Air New Zealand Airpoints

From flights to credit cards, debit cards, hotels and cars, here’s how you can earn more Air New Zealand Airpoints.

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The Air New Zealand Airpoints frequent flyer programme offers loyal customers a wide range of perks and rewards, including the ability to earn and redeem Airpoints Dollars.

As with most frequent flyer programmes, the fastest way to earn points is through flights with Air New Zealand and its airline partners, including those in the Star Alliance network.

You can also maximise your benefits with the over 50 partners that allow you to earn Airpoints for your everyday spending – including with a New Zealand credit card. Here, we look at all your options when you want to earn more Air New Zealand Airpoints, whether you’re flying or on the ground.

How can I earn Air New Zealand Airpoints?

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As a member of the Air New Zealand Airpoints programme, you’ll be able to earn Airpoints for a wide range of travel and everyday spending. There are five key ways you can earn Air New Zealand Airpoints:

  • Flights
  • Credit cards
  • Hotels
  • Car hire
  • Shopping

Earning Airpoints for flights

The Airpoints frequent flyer programme offers points for flights with Air New Zealand and 30 airline partners. This includes Star Alliance airlines such as Air Canada, Singapore Airlines and United, as well as “co-operation partners” including Cathay Pacific, Etihad Airways and Virgin Australia.

The number of Airpoints Dollars you earn is calculated based on the airline you fly with, the length of the flight and the booking class that’s booked and flown. The Airpoints website provides a calculator to allow you to see how many potential points you’ll earn for each flight, and flights with Air New Zealand have the greatest potential for Airpoints Dollars.

For example, a one-way flight from Auckland to Sydney would earn 1.90 to 5.90 Airpoints Dollars for a basic economy seat (seat + bag), and 40.10 to 71.00 Airpoints for a business class seat.

Credit cards that allow you to earn Airpoints

There are a number of rewards credit cards in New Zealand that allow you to transfer points to your Airpoints account. This gives you a way to indirectly earn more Airpoints Dollars through your everyday spending.

You can check out the current credit card partners and relevant point transfer rates in the table below.

PartnerExchange rate
American Express Airpoints Platinum Card
  • $59 = 1 Airpoints Dollar
ANZ Airpoints Visa Platinum
  • $75 = 1 Airpoints Dollar
ANZ Airpoints Visa
  • $120 = 1 Airpoints Dollar
Kiwibank Air New Zealand Airpoints Platinum Visa
  • $75 = 1 Airpoints Dollar
Westpac Airpoints Platinum Mastercard
  • $75 = 1 Airpoints Dollar

In some cases, the value of the Airpoints could be outweighed by the reward card’s annual fee. So before choosing a credit card to earn more Airpoints, make sure you consider the potential value of the rewards and any other features to decide if they’ll outweigh the costs of the card.

Earning Airpoints for hotels

The Air New Zealand Airpoints programme has a range of hotel partners that allow you to earn points for bookings. These include:

  • AccorHotels
  • Choice Hotels
  • Commodore Airport Hotel
  • Hilton Honors
  • IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group)
  • Langham Hospitality Group
  • Millennium Hotels and Resorts
  • Pacific Resort Hotel Group
  • Sudima Hotels & Resorts

In general, you’ll either earn Airpoints based on the amount that you spend or a set rate of Airpoints per stay. For example, the Accor portfolio of hotels offers 1 Airpoints Dollar per NZ$15 spent.

It’s recommended that you refer to individual hotel partners for details of how to earn Airpoints and the amount of points you’ll be eligible for per stay. In some cases you may have to be a member of the hotel’s loyalty programme or quote your Airpoints membership number, so make sure you check before booking to ensure you get your points.

Getting Airpoints for car hire

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Airpoints has three car hire partners: Avis, Budget and Apex. With each company, you’ll get a flat rate of 3 Airpoints Dollars per rental day on eligible leisure and contracted-rate rentals.

All you have to do to earn these points is book through the Air New Zealand website and quote your Airpoints membership number. Points will then be calculated and credited once the transaction has been completed.

Earning Airpoints for shopping

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Air New Zealand Airpoints allows you to earn points for spending at the following stores:

  • Aelia Duty Free. You can earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every NZD$100 spent with Aelia Duty Free when passing through the international airports at Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown. Note that tobacco products are not eligible to earn points.

Other factors to consider

Make sure you also keep the following details in mind so that you can decide if earning more Air New Zealand Airpoints is worth it for you.

  • Membership. You must be a member of the Airpoints programme to earn points. Membership is free and you can sign up anytime online.
  • Location. Keep in mind that some Airpoints partners, such as Aelia Duty Free, are only located in New Zealand. If you’re living elsewhere, this may limit your opportunities to earn points.
  • Additional fees. Some of the options for earning Airpoints may attract extra charges. For example, a rewards credit card could have an annual fee, while ordering duty free products online through may lead to delivery charges.
  • Rewards. The value of Airpoints Dollars is designed to translate to actual dollars you can use towards flights, upgrades or other rewards. Make sure you consider these options beforehand so that you can get the most value out of the Airpoints you’ve earned.

The Air New Zealand Airpoints programme offers several ways to earn points both in the sky and on the ground. While most of the current programme partners offer points for travel-related spending, it’s also possible to earn more on everyday spending with a rewards credit card. Just make sure you weigh up your options and the potential costs beforehand so that you can get the biggest bang for your buck.

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