If you’re looking for some warmer weather, you’re in luck – the Pacific Resort Rarotonga is offering double Airpoints Dollars for stays until 31 May 2018.
You’ll receive 2 Airpoints Dollars per $20 NZD spend, which works out to be an effective 10% return on the cost of your stay. The first 20 bookings during the promotional period will also receive a free room upgrade subject to availability.
To be eligible, you must book direct with Pacific Resort Hotels online, or via phone at 0800 774 469 before the 31 December. You must also present your Airpoints membership card at check-in.
If booking online, you can enter your Airpoints number into the following section on the checkout page:
Full terms and conditions for the offer can be found here.
Guide to earning Airpoints Dollars with the Pacific Resort Hotel Group
The Cook Islands are beautiful year around, with Rarotonga being a favourite destination for Kiwis looking to escape perpetual rain and cold.
Thankfully, the Pacific Resort Hotel Group are partnered with the Airpoints program to offer members 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $20 NZD spent on accommodation during their stay at the following properties:
- Pacific Resort Rarotonga
- Pacific Resort Aitutaki
- Little Polynesian Resort
- Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa
An ‘eligible stay’ means a booking made direct with Pacific Hotels online or via phone at 0800 774 469.
You must quote your Airpoints membership number when booking, and produce your Airpoints card upon check-in.
Your Airpoints Dollars should appear in your account within three months of the stay being made.
There are a few other ways that you can book a stay at some of these hotels, though unfortunately you won’t pick up any Airpoints Dollars by booking through these channels. However it may be worthwhile forgoing the APD should any of the following offer better ‘value’ during your stay. The room rate on offer should be similar or better:
- The Te Manava Luxury Villas And Spa can be booked through Virtuoso, where you will receive free daily buffet breakfast, $100 USD equivalent spa services credit, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability, and NZ$100 Wi-Fi credit per villa per stay. You can read our guide to Virtuoso here.
The Little Polynesian Resort can be booked through SLH. Mastercard and Amex cardholders can receive free daily continental breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability, and a room upgrade subject to availability. To learn more, read out SLH guide.
The Pacific Resort Aitutaki can be booked through Visa Luxury Hotel Collection. Visa Platinum cardholders can receive free daily continental breakfast, a $25 USD equivalent food or beverage credit, VIP guest status, complimentary Wi-Fi, 3pm late check-out subject to availability, and a room upgrade subject to availability.
The Pacific Resort Aitutaki can be booked through Diners Club Hotel Collection. Diners Club cardholders can receive free full breakfast daily, a NZ$100 spa treatment credit, a welcome gift, early check-in/late check-out subject to availability, and a room upgrade subject to availability. If you book a minimum two-night stay, you’ll also receive a $100 USD equivalent food and beverage credit.
It would seem that while each property accepts Visa and Mastercard, only the Little Polynesian Resort accepts Amex. How odd!
There don’t seem to be any transaction fees when booking online, but what I am unsure about is whether you will get stung with a foreign currency fee. While the hotels and the Cook Islands in general have largely adopted the NZD as their currency, this may still ‘post’ as an overseas transaction with your bank.
If you’re looking to maximise your Airpoints Dollars earn, the card with the highest earn rate that you can use to book at all of these properties is the Westpac Airpoints World Mastercard. If your booking posts as domestic spend, you’ll earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $65 spent. However if it posts as international spend, you’ll earn a market leading 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $50 NZD equivalent spend – partly compensating for the foreign currency fee.