Z Fuel are again running a bonus Airpoints Dollars and Fly Buys offer when you fuel up with petrol or diesel this Thursday.
Scan your Airpoints card at Z from 6am on Thursday 7th June, to 6am Friday 8th June, and you’ll earn either 4x Airpoints Dollars or Fly Buys points.
We recommend swiping your Fly Buys card for this offer – you’ll not only earn quadruple Fly Buys points, but you’ll also receive a 6 cents per litre discount. This means you’re effectively ‘earning back’ 9.2 cents per litre.
If you opt for Airpoints Dollars, you’re only ‘earning back’ a meagre 4 cents per litre.
Guide to earning points at Z for fuel and in-store purchases
You have the choice of earning either Fly Buys points or Airpoints Dollars when purchasing fuel at Z. You can also earn points on some in-store purchases.
You’ll earn 1 Fly Buys point every time you purchase 20 litres of fuel and swipe your membership card. A record is kept of your fuel talley, so you won’t miss out on points if you’re filling up less than 20 litres at a time.
You need 6 Fly Buys points to redeem for $1 on flights via Helloworld. Therefore at the standard earn rate, you’re effectively receiving 0.8 cents back for each litre you fuel up.
However, as a bonus, you’ll also get an instant 6 cents off per litre, each time you fuel up. This then works out to be an effective 6.8 cents back for each litre of fuel.
You can also earn Fly Buys points for the following in-store purchases:
You can earn 1 Airpoints Dollar (or part thereof) for every 100 litres of fuel purchased at Z, and 1 Airpoints Dollar (or part thereof) for every $50 you spend on the following:
Based on Airpoints Dollars being pegged to the New Zealand Dollar, the standard earn rate effectively works out to be a 1 cent per litre discount, and a 2% rebate on qualifying purchases.
The effective ‘discount per litre’ is abysmal compared to Fly Buys, and can likely be attributed to the fact that the rewards program is 25% owned by Z.
Key points of the partnership that you should know
- To earn points, customers will need to present their Fly Buys or Airpoints membership card at the cash register, or scan their card directly at the pump
- There is no need to split your transactions to maximise earn – with Fly Buys, a talley is kept of how much fuel you purchase to ensure you don’t miss out on points. With Airpoints, you’ll earn APD ‘part thereof’ according to your fill and/or spend
- If you want to save money on fuel purchases, you’re better off opting to use your Fly Buys card
Remember that Fly Buys and Airpoints members will also earn points if using a credit card that allows you to ‘double dip’ on spend.
The highest earning Airpoints card currently available is the American Express Airpoints Platinum, where you’ll earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $59 spent.
You can also collect points when you use a Z Gift Card to pay for qualifying items.
Pay for a Z Gift Card with an American Express Platinum Edge from any of the following supermarkets, and you’ll earn Membership Rewards that can be transferred to numerous different frequent flyer programs:
- Farro Fresh
- New World
Earning points with the Z Card
You can earn points through your business too.
If you have your Fly Buys number loaded on your Z Card account, Z Fuel will add up your total fuel spend at the end of the month. You’ll get 1 Fly Buys point for every complete $50 (incl GST) you spend on fuel.
If you have your Airpoints number loaded on your Z Card account, they’ll add up your total fuel spend at the end of the month and you’ll earn Airpoints Dollars at the rate of 1 for every $200 (incl GST) spent.
The plus is that there is no need for you to swipe your Fly Buys or Airpoints card in store – your points will be collected automatically.
Z Fuel are probably the single most engaging business in New Zealand when it comes to frequent discount and bonus point promotions.
Be sure to swipe or scan your Fly Buys at the pump in almost all cases to secure the greater discount – earning Airpoints just isn’t worth it.
Also remember to pay with a points-earning credit card, so you’re maximising your earn rate every time you fill up the car.
Images courtesy of Z Fuel