Up to 25% more Qantas Points with NZ credit card rewards program transfers

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Qantas are running a short promo for up to a 25% bonus on points transfers from credit card programs until 31st August 2016. The bonus isn’t as high as the offer that was run back in June but is still significantly better than other previous offers.

What’s the catch? Well first it’s targeted, so if you didn’t receive the email, I would suggest calling Qantas customer service to enquire whether your account qualifies before jumping in.

Secondly being a tiered transfer promotion, to capitalise on the top rate of 25% you’ll need to be a points millionaire (you know the saying, the rich get richer?)
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Hilton HHonors running up to 50% discount on purchased HHonors points – buy points to look for for cheaper Hilton hotel nights

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Hilton HHonors occasionally run points purchase promotions, just like the other major hotel programs out there, which can be leveraged into cheap hotel stays. HHonors is currently offering up to a 50% discount on purchased points which ends on September 16th.

They are currently offering a 50% bonus on purchased Hilton HHonors points – the discount level is targeted to different HHonors accounts, and if you get the maximum 50% discount then this has points being offered at 0.5 US per point which represents good value for topping up points balances for specific redemptions in mind and the points are redeemed for hotel stays. Continue reading…

Alaska Airlines running a 50% bonus on purchased miles – buy and redeem points for cheap Qantas & Cathay Business Class

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Alaska Airlines MileagePlan is back with a 50% points bonus (for most members) on purchased miles until September 29th.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan is one of the few ways of purchasing miles cheaply to then redeem on local partner airlines like Qantas and Cathay Pacific, and can be useful for cheaper Business Class travel on Qantas to the USA, and Australian domestic routes.

While this variant of the promotion is somewhat targeted, most accounts are receiving the full 50% bonus while others just have 40%. If you are starting off from scratch with a new account it might be worth registering again for a partner or family member and seeing if a 50% bonus comes through in their account. Continue reading…

Spend $200 with American Express Travel and receive a $50 statement credit

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American Express have released yet another cash back offer! This time there’s a $50 statement credit for spending $200 or more online at American Express Travel with a pre-registered Amex Card.

Well they do say good things come in threes – this is the third time I’ve written about an Amex NZ offer, Countdown $15 cash back, and CBD Restaurants $10 cash back, in a little over a week.

Hopefully this is just the start of more offers coming through for Amex in NZ.
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7 reasons why KrisFlyer is one of our favourite frequent flyer programs (and 4 downsides)

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Being a code share and Star Alliance partner with Air New Zealand, as well as Australia’s third-largest international carrier, the Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer frequent flyer program is one of the most useful frequent flyer programs for travellers in NZ and Australia.

The KrisFlyer program’s partnership with Virgin Australia’s Velocity, flexible change policy, great stopover options and easy earning opportunities means it should be on most frequent flyers’ radars.

But it’s not without its downsides, so this guide explores both the good and bad of KrisFlyer…
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The basics of buying airline and hotel points or miles – why you’d want to, and what you need to know to get a deal

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Many overseas frequent flyer programs sell their miles (in language terms overseas it’s mostly miles, not points) to their customers, often with bonuses. Given how reluctant most of our frequent flyer programs here in New Zealand are at offering us lucrative bonuses, buying points from overseas airlines is a really simple way to play the points game – if time and budget and allows.

Buying points and miles is just one pillar in earning and redeeming points for cheaper travel experiences, and in this guide I’ll try and break down the reasons for getting ‘in’ on this strategy, a basic methodology to adhere to, and a look at some of the considerations. Continue reading…

Spend $25 at Participating CBD Restaurants and get $10 back with Amex Offers

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Last week we wrote about American Express New Zealand offering a $10 statement credit promotion for spending $30 at Countdown Supermarkets, which is still available until 13th August.

This week they have commenced a ‘Restaurant Month’ promotion where Amex cardholders can receive a $10 statement credit when spending a minimum of $25 at participating CBD restaurants – and it’s usable for multiple visits.
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How to and why to transfer your points between Velocity and KrisFlyer

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Given that Virgin Australia is a strategic partner and Singapore a Star Alliance partner with Air New Zealand, points earn from Air New Zealand flights can often provide much better value in terms of redemption and status credit earn when credited to Velocity Frequent Flyer or KrisFlyer.

The ability to transfer points from Velocity to Singapore Airlines Krisflyer program has been available since late 2014, and it is one of the only frequent flyer program partnerships in the world which allow you to transfer your points between programs.

You can transfer points/miles in either direction, with a rate of 1.35 points/miles in the origin program equating to 1 point in the destination program.
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