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Guide to the Diners Club Credit Card in New Zealand

Diners Club Credit Card - Free access to over 700 airport lounges worldwide

The Diners Club Credit Card comes with very little in the way of points earning benefits, and has extremely limited acceptance in New Zealand. It does however offer international lounge access for the low price of $68 per year. If you’re a solo traveller without airline status, this could justify the annual price of holding the card for this feature alone.

  • Optional Club Rewards Membership for $30 per year
  • Free access to over 700 airport lounges worldwide
  • One complimentary single-entry Auckland Airport Strata Club pass each year
  • Unique dining, travel, entertainment, shopping, and spa offers worldwide
  • Up to 44 days interest free on eligible purchases
  • $68 p.a. annual fee

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The Diners Club Credit Card comes with complimentary access to a large global network of airport lounges, and a range of other travel offers, including unique dining and hotel privileges. It does however have limited acceptance, and offers no ability to earn points that can be transferred to airline or hotel membership programs. Here’s the full rundown.

Card Details

CardDiners Club Credit Card
Loyalty programClub Rewards. Optional to join, additional $30 per year.
Points earned from spend1 Club Rewards point for every $1 spent
Travel benefitsFree access to over 700 airport lounges worldwide, one complimentary single-entry Auckland Airport Strata Club pass each year, unique dining, travel, entertainment, shopping, and spa offers worldwide
Included insurancesNone
Annual fee$68 p.a.
Additional cardholder fee$40. Additional cardholder will also have complimentary access to airport lounges worldwide.
Foreign currency fee2% of NZD converted value of foreign currency transaction amount

Earning Points with the Diners Club Credit Card

The Diners Club Credit Card earns points in Diners Clubs’ own Club Rewards program, should you choose to enrol for an additional $30 per year.

There is a flat earn rate of 1 Club Rewards points for every dollar spent on the card. You can then redeem your points on a range of products from their online catalogue. However unlike American Express Membership Rewards, these points are unable to be transferred to any airline or hotel membership programs, despite what Diners Club state on their Fees & Rates pages on their website:

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And in their Terms & Conditions for the card:

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(I have additionally confirmed this with their franchisee, the Warehouse Group).

You can however choose to redeem points on flights and hotel stays however these are redeemed through their travel partner, PIC Travel.

We’re not a big fan of online stores here at Point Hacks, as they generally offer poor return for points redemptions.

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Club Rewards Online Catalogue

Lounge access with the Diners Club Credit Card

If you are a regular international traveller, a valuable benefit that comes complimentary with Diners Club is the ability to access more than 700 lounges worldwide for the primary cardholder.

Want regular access for another family member? Apply for a supplementary card for an additional $40 per year, and that cardholder will also gain access to any of the participating lounges.

This includes Auckland Airport’s own Strata Club lounge, however unfortunately only once per 12-month period.

Many of these lounges are the same used as part of the Priority Pass network. Annual membership with unlimited access for one person with Priority Pass would usually set you back US$399 per person.

You can guest others into the lounges, however this will come at a cost. Many lounges however will allow you to admit children below a certain age for free.

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Auckland Airport Strata Club

Diners Club Privileges

Diners Club offer access to more than 1,400 dining, hotel, and shopping offers with partners in over 70 different countries. You can download the Diners Club Travel Tools mobile app to help you find offers when travelling.

The Diners Club Hotel Collection offers similar stay benefits to Virtuoso or American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts.

The following New Zealand hotels are a part of the program:

You should continue to receive points and status with any parent hotel loyalty programs too, unlike when using other online travel booking sites.

The key benefits typically are:

  • An on-property benefit, often $100 USD in credit per stay, or other privilege
  • Early check-in and late check-out, whenever available
  • Room upgrade if available
  • Free breakfast for two
  • Free Wi-Fi

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Book a two-night stay at Blanket Bay with your Diners Club and receive lunch for two, another lunch or dinner for two to the value of US$100, and early check-in and late check-out subject to availability

Sidart restaurant in Auckland is the only dining offer available in New Zealand. You’ll receive a complimentary signature dish of Roquefort Cheesecake, Roquefort ice-cream, red wine jelly, pear and almond per guest, as well as a priority reservation for the Chef’s table, and a chef-signed copy of the menu. Yum!

Important Information

  • See where Diners Club cards are accepted around the world by exploring this map.
  • The Diners Club customer service team can be reached at 0800 346 377, or from outside New Zealand, +64 9 359 7796

Summing up – the Diners Club Credit Card

Ironically, Diners Club in New Zealand has a heap of benefits, and is a very useful card – except using it as a credit card to earn points.

I wouldn’t bother with this card for the Club Rewards program, and I only applied for the card personally for the ability to trial its varying travel related features.

The Diners Club Credit Card is likely to appeal most to those who travel frequently and can see some value in the complimentary lounge access, and the associated dining, hotel and shopping benefits.

Thankfully you can analyse all these benefits before applying for the card, to determine whether you’ll see return for the annual fee.

The ability to secure complimentary lounge access for a supplementary cardholder for only $40 extra per year may also appeal to some.

Guide to the Diners Club Credit Card in New Zealand was last modified: October 6th, 2017 by Daniel Kinnoch

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  1. Murray

    I have had a diners for around 30 yrs. after piggy backing on my dad’s card as I was 20 or so at the time. The diners lounge at Auckland in those days was great, really small and sometimes no one there.

    Anyway after not using the card for the last 10 yrs and still paying the annual fee I was about to get rid of it when I realised my dad had around 50,000 pt on his card. Great I thought I will transfer his points into SPG or perhaps Krisflyer and link our accounts and give him the effective $ value. Alas unlike Australia and as you say above, no airline transfer partners. Only realistic option is to take $200 in warehouse cards at $100 per 25,000 pts. That is an extremely poor transfer rate.

    However, I did not realise they offered international lounge access as I have not used the card for so long. So now it is a keeper for that reason. Dads getting the warehouse cards and Diners is going to get my annual fee but no expenditure.

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