Book car hire with Avis or Budget in New Zealand before the end of June, and you could earn bonus Airpoints Dollars.
In this guide, we explore earn rates, the best booking channels, and how to get cashback on car rentals.
Be sure to also read our comprehensive guide comparing points earn from car rentals across a number of programmes.
Offer 1: Earn double Airpoints Dollars with Avis
Make a booking with Avis in New Zealand before 28 June, for hire in June, July and August, and you’ll earn bonus Airpoints Dollars plus a 20% discount.
You’ll earn a total of 6 APD per eligible rental day.
Use coupon code J856900 at the time of booking to qualify for this promotion.
Offer 2: Earn triple Airpoints Dollars with Budget
Make a booking with Budget in New Zealand before 30 June, for hire in June and July, and you’ll earn bonus Airpoints Dollars.
You’ll earn a total of 9 APD per eligible rental day.
Which car hire companies can I earn Airpoints Dollars with?
You can earn Airpoints Dollars with:
How much can I earn?
Here is a comparison of how many Airpoints Dollars you can earn with the partners above:
|APD earn via Air New Zealand website||3 APD per rental day||3 APD per rental day||0.5 APD per rental day|
|APD earn booked direct||2.5 APD per rental day||2.5 APD per rental day||N/A|
|Cashrewards||Bonus 4.9% cashback||Bonus 4.9% cashback (AU rental only)||N/A|
How do I make an APD-earning booking?
You can earn Airpoints Dollars by making a booking with any of their car rental partners, by using the links provided above.
In terms of eligibility, earning miles simply requires you to be a member of the Airpoints programme.
Maximise value tip: book with Cashrewards
Avis and Budget are programme partners of Cashrewards, which gives you an opportunity to earn cashback on each rental car booking.
Clicking through to these car rental websites from the Cashrewards landing page will yield you miles and a discount, which is not available by going through the Air New Zealand booking portal.
While you’ll only earn 2.5 Airpoints Dollars per rental day instead of the 3 Airpoints Dollars you would earn by booking through Air New Zealand, the cashback should compensate for the difference, and some.
|June 2019||3x Airpoints Dollars in New Zealand|
|March 2019||2x Airpoints Dollars in Australia|
|May 2018||2x Airpoints Dollars, and 30% discount|
|June 2019||2x Airpoints Dollars, and 20% discount|
|May 2019||2x Airpoints Dollars, and 20% discount|
|April 2019||2x Airpoints Dollars, and free upgrade|
|March 2019||2x Airpoints Dollars in US and Canada, and 15% discount|
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Book and pay with Airpoints Dollars
You can redeem Airpoints Dollars for car rental with Avis and Budget by booking through their dedicated online booking page. Make sure you login to your Airpoints account, and click on ‘pay with Airpoints Dollars’.
To incentivise bookings through their own portal, Air New Zealand offer a ‘Lowest Price Guarantee’.
If, on the same day you book your car rental through the Air New Zealand website, you find a lower publicly available price directly from the New Zealand and Australia websites of Avis, Budget and Apex, they will match the rate and offer a free single upgrade.
To qualify for the price guarantee, the car hire booking must be identical in all regards, and all details must be visible on the screenshots provided. This includes same car group, dates, times, locations, inclusions, supplier and currency.
To claim the price guarantee, you will need to email screenshots of the lower price and your Avis or Budget booking confirmation within 24 hours of booking to [email protected].
It is a bit odd that they have a ‘same day’ criteria for the price match and upgrade offer. You could just cancel without penalty (you don’t pay upfront) and rebook to take advantage of the guarantee at any time – but this takes effort, so you would need to calculate how much the ‘upgrade’ would be worth to you, in terms of time spent.
If Airpoints Dollars are your currency of choice, you’re in luck, as you can earn on car rentals with two of the largest car hire firms in the world.
Make sure to maximise value by booking Avis or Budget car hire through Cashrewards where possible, though keeping in mind that the latter is for Australian Domestic bookings only.
Images courtesy of Avis and Budget