Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 12 Apr 2018
Total posts 9
Hi all - long time reader first time poster!
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 10 Aug 2015
Total posts 12
Google it and it shows up via the Australianfrequentflyer link. They have an email address there. So yes it is possible. To be honest if you sign up with one of the airpoint cards that offer discounted koru membership it's a great way to go if you don't get the match and then you don't even have to watch the SP count. The airpoint credit cards allow SP earn as well meaning you don't have to fly all the way to gold. Grabaseat fares are awesome as well. There are ways to use APD & RU effectively so you can travel in premium cabins. Just need to look for them.
Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 01 Mar 2012
Total posts 201
When VA pulled away from NZ initially across the Pacific I spoke to Air NZ and they gave me a status match. What helped me was that I had flown a lot with NZ and use the central res team to book all my travel so they pushed for me. So they do it. I was traveling twice a year on NZ to the US, as was my family which helped.
Member since 21 Jan 2016
Total posts 28
I would check with Air NZ about they are prepared to offer.As Kiwiwings said, get a NZ based Visa/Mastercard card that earns Airpoints Dollars and Status Points. Amex, Kiwibank, ANZ and Westpac are the 'official' issuers of Airpoints Credit/Debit cards excluding Air NZs own Onesmart Debit travel card.Whilst Air NZ Airpoints Mastercard issued by Kiwibank is the best in earning Airpoints Dollars and Status Points (excluding Amex Airpoints card and Westpac Airpoints Mastercard World card), the best all round card options is from Westpac, with their Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card and Airpoints Mastercard debit card. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card is linked to your cheque account and your Airpoints account and you can earn Airpoints Dollars on all purchases when using the card. This card is handy when purchasing from a retailer that does not have Visa/Mastercard merchant facilities on their EFTPOS terminal. The Airpoints Mastercard debit card does not earn Status Points only Airpoints Dollars. I have a Westpac Airpoints Mastercard Platinum Card, Airpoints Mastercard debit card plus a Westpac Airpoints Business Mastercard.For further information concerning the range of Airpoints earning credit/debit cards - https://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/airpoints-credit-cards
Thanks everyone for the advice - some good tips there RE credit card and SP earning, as well as Koru club membership if AirNZ don't come to the party with a match/challenge/temp status thing.
Member since 23 Oct 2013
Total posts 767
FYI Koru club give's most of the creature comfort you are used to if your only flying on NZ metal and tickets (and basically the same perks as gold).
are there still Australian credit cards that can be credited to Airpoints which earn Status credits as well?
No there are no Australian cards which earn Air NZ status credits. All the cards use New Zealand Dollars and require you to live in New Zealand to sign up so they're basically inaccessible to Australians.
Member since 13 Aug 2016
Total posts 5
I would say with the current NZ/VA breakup watch this space coming closer to October, NZ will be likely do some offer for VA Gold and QF Gold to try kept there share of the Tasman.
All New Zealand issued Airpoints Platinum credits including AMEX and Westpac Airpoints Mastercard Word Card waive the Koru joining fee and give a NZ$145.00 discount on your yearly Koru membership fee.
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