A beginner’s guide to the Airpoints for Business program

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: December 7, 2018
UPDATED: December 7, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Air New Zealand Airpoints

In this guide, we take a look at how Air New Zealand’s business loyalty program works and how you can use it to boost your (and your employees’) Airpoints Dollars balance.

Who is Airpoints for Business for?

Airpoints for Business is open to any business entity, from those who operate as a sole trader up to those with multiple employees. All you need is an NZBN or IRD number. You can invite up to 20 employees to your Airpoints for Business account at any one time.

The program is free to join however Air New Zealand do indicate in their terms and conditions that they may charge a one-off joining fee in future.

It is important to note that the membership (and the Airpoints Dollars earned) belong to your business, not to you personally—but you can choose who to transfer the points to, which includes yourself.

Airpoints Dollars can be earned primarily from flying with Air New Zealand, by ‘linking’ your employees and yourself to the Airpoints for Business account. You can also earn Airpoints on eligible codeshare flights on Cathay Pacific, United, and Air China. There are also 16 other land-based partners.

Earning points by flying

The primary way to earn Airpoints through the program is by flying, by having the Airpoints member number of your employees linked to an Airpoints for Business account. When that Airpoints number is added to an eligible flight booking, and that flight has been nominated as business related, then Airpoints for Business effectively lets you stack your rewards by double-dipping with the ordinary Airpoints program: the person flying (be it you or someone else linked to the Airpoints for Business account) will earn Airpoints into their personal account, and your business will also earn Airpoints but into your Business Rewards account.

The Airpoints earned through the program are based on 20% of the number of points that would usually be earned for the flight.

You can earn Airpoints Dollars on the NZ codeshare on Cathay Pacific A350 Business Class (or redeem your Airpoints for one of these redemptions)

Eligible flights include journeys on:

  • An Air New Zealand operated aircraft (with an Air New Zealand flight number); or
  • A Cathay Pacific operated aircraft if travelling between Hong Kong and New Zealand (with an NZ flight number);
  • An Air China operated aircraft if travelling between Auckland and Beijing (with an NZ flight number);
  • A United operated aircraft if travelling between Auckland and San Francisco (with an NZ flight number).

You will not earn any points on flights that are not otherwise eligible to earn Airpoints Dollars, e.g. grabaseat Greenlight fares (booking class F).

Earning points with Airpoints for Business partners

Air New Zealand have a few business-related partners who let you earn Airpoints when you purchase their products or services.

Here is the full list:

PartnerBusiness Earn Rate
Quest Apartment Hotels2.50 APD per $100 on eligible stays
Harvey Norman Commercial1 APD per $200
Mercury1 APD per $200
Z Fuel1 APD per $200
Komatsu1 APD per $50 spent on new Genuine Komatsu Parts
Gilmours1.11 APD per $300
Trents Wholesale1.11 APD per $300
Bayleys1 APD per 1 square meter of commercial leasing
(capped at 1,000 Airpoints Dollars)
Randstad1 APD per $100
ADLS4 APD (ADLS members only) or
2 APD(Non-member lawyers and law firms)
per $100 spent (excluding GST)
Avis3 APD per rental day
Budget3 APD per rental day
Audi250 APD - 500 APD for new vehicle purchase
Storage King5 APD per $50 spent on boxes and packaging materials,
100 APD for new customers, and
50 Airpoints Dollars for existing customers every 12 months

Some of these partners would also let you earn Airpoints Dollars into a personal account but if you have access to Airpoints for Business (and all else is equal with the product and price, etc.) there can be advantages to earning Airpoints Dollars into your Airpoints for Business account instead of directly into your personal Airpoints account.

The main advantage as I see it is that the Airpoints Dollars are flexible and can be transferred to either your own Airpoints account, or to any of your employees or business associates who you have registered, not just family members, as in the regular program.

Your business could earn Airpoints Dollars on the purchase of a new Audi

Credit Cards

These two business credit card products allow your business to earn Airpoints Dollars:

Missing Airpoints Dollars

Airpoints for Business members can submit a claim to Air New Zealand for missing points within 6 months from:

  • the date the eligible flight was flown;
  • the date the business purchase was made;
  • the check-in date at the hotel; or
  • the first day of the car rental reservation.

You cannot claim points retrospectively – i.e. you must have been an Airpoints for Business member at the specified time above.

Any claim made must include the following:

  • For flights – original boarding pass and e-ticket or ticket number;
  • For other purchases – original invoice and receipt (please note that charge card receipts or vouchers will not be accepted, and confirmation or reservation statements on their own will not be accepted).

Airpoints Dollars Expiry

Airpoints Dollars accrued in the Airpoints for Business account will remain valid for four years.

Following four years from accrual, the Airpoints Dollars will expire and be removed from Airpoints for Business Account on the anniversary of the day the account was created.

Note that Airpoints Dollars transferred from your Airpoints for Business Account to an individual Airpoints Account will maintain the expiry date that is four years from the date they were accrued.

Managing your Airpoints for Business account

Once you have signed up for Airpoints for Business, you can self-manage your account by signing in to your online Air New Zealand account, selecting ‘Your balances’:

and proceeding to the Airpoints for Business tab.

From here, you will be able to:

A full explanation of how the above functions work can be found on the Air New Zealand website.

Summing up

The Airpoints for Business program makes it simple for your business (and, by extension, you and your employees/associates) to earn Airpoints Dollars, particularly for small or single-person businesses.

It is worth checking out, even if you’re a sole trader and want to boost your Airpoints Dollars earn by 20% on business travel.

A beginner’s guide to the Airpoints for Business program was last modified: December 7th, 2018 by Daniel Kinnoch