The Economist have boosted the normal Airpoints Dollars earn rate on print and/or digital subscriptions.
For example, when you purchase a 3-year print and digital subscription to The Economist, you’ll earn a whopping 1,150 Airpoints Dollars—this is one of the best opportunities to earn a very high number of Airpoints Dollars all at once, without stepping foot on a plane.
I’ve reviewed the offer below to show what subscription type and duration is best, based on the effective Airpoints Dollars rebate you’d receive for your spend.
Note that the price of a subscription has recently increased, meaning this offer has less value that it did previously.
According to the terms and conditions, this offer is for first-time subscribers only.
The number of Airpoints Dollars you’ll earn depends on the subscription type, and duration.
I have listed all the different subscription types, lengths and costs below, and have sorted from highest to lowest the effective rebate you’ll receive in Airpoints Dollars.
There is an added column showing the converted Airpoints amount using our equalisation method, to provide a point of comparison to other airline points currencies.
|Subscription Type||Cost||Airpoints Dollars|
|Converted points earned||Effective Rebate|
|Print + Digital - 1 year||$750||470 APD||27,730||63%|
|Digital - 3 years||$1,409||880 APD||51,920||62%|
|Digital - 1 year||$549||340 APD||20,060||62%|
|Print + Digital - 3 years||$1,949||1150 APD||67,850||59%|
|Print + Digital - 2 years||$1,419||800 APD||47,200||56%|
|Digital - 2 years||$1,019||560 APD||33,040||55%|
|Print - 3 years||$1,619||880 APD||51,920||54%|
|Print - 1 year||$639||340 APD||20,060||53%|
|Print - 2 years||$1,179||560 APD||33,040||47%|
As you can see, a 1-year print and digital subscription offers the greatest return vs spend amount. If you were planning to spend $470 on flights anyway, you’re effectively only paying $205 for the subscription itself— or about $3.94 per week.
Remember that 1 Airpoints Dollar equals $1 NZD spent on flights with Air New Zealand, so if you travel frequently either domestically or Trans-Tasman, you’ll immediately be able to see the value you’ll receive back in ‘free’ flights.
Alternatively, you could get even better value out of your Airpoints Dollars with a partner redemption— like the example shown below, where you could fly one-way from Ireland to the USA in United Airlines Business Class for only 800 Airpoints Dollars (the equivalent of 47,200 points/miles with other programmes).
Our take: is this a good deal?
If you have no interest in The Economist, keep your money in the bank. I cannot see any value in purchasing a magazine subscription just to earn the Airpoints Dollars.
This is especially so when you could just buy Airpoints Dollars as needed using a Kiwibank Air New Zealand Airpoints credit card.
However, if you were already intending to purchase a subscription, you should definitely take advantage of this high-value Airpoints Dollars earning opportunity. The ordinary online purchase price for a subscription without bonus Airpoints Dollars is the same, so you won’t be financially penalised for taking advantage of the offer.
Remember, if you purchase your subscription with a high-earning Airpoints Dollars credit card, you’ll earn even more.
For example, using the American Express Airpoints Platinum will see you earn 1 APD for every $59 spent. This will boost your effective ‘rebate’ by 1.7%.
While lots of miles/points programmes partner with The Economist to provide similar offers, Airpoints is the outlier where you can easily see how much value you’ll receive by taking it up.
If you carefully plan your redemption, your subscription could end up effectively being free, based on the amount saved on flight cost.
Note that it may take up to 8 weeks for the Airpoints Dollars to credit, so be sure you take this into account if you were planning to use the Airpoints Dollars in the short term.
Will you take advantage of this offer? If so, what will you use your points on?