If you are looking to make an online purchase from Apple, then it certainly pays to take a visit to an online mall linked to a frequent flyer program.
Apple New Zealand partners with a few online shopping malls accessible to New Zealand travellers, which provides an opportunity to earn frequent flyer points from each purchase.
How to earn points when shopping at Apple
This guide takes a look at the different earning opportunities available for online shopping mall purchases at Apple New Zealand, which incorporates both Apple Store and iTunes purchases.
You must have a New Zealand Apple ID in order to earn frequent flyer points from your purchase with Apple New Zealand.
The frequent flyer malls covered are those travellers in New Zealand are most familiar with and include:
- Airpoints Mall by Air New Zealand
- Velocity eStore by Virgin Australia
- KrisFlyer Spree by Singapore Airlines
- Asia Miles iShop Cathay Pacific
How many points can I earn when shopping online with Apple?
Earn rates differ based on whether purchases are made for:
- Apple Store products, such as iPhones and MacBooks; or
- iTunes products
and, as such, earning tables are displayed for each type of purchase.
The links in the tables will take you straight to the Apple or iTunes page for that mall.
|Earn Rate||Equiv Earn Rate/ |
|Velocity eStore||2 pts/NZD||2 pts/NZD||2.1c||4.2c|
Obviously the Velocity eStore comes out on top, earning you 4.2 cents per dollar spent – they are the only online shopping mall offering points on Apple Store New Zealand purchases!
You have a few more options available for iTunes purchases:
|Earn Rate||Equiv Earn Rate per |
|Airpoints Mall||0.01 pts/NZD||0.01 pts/NZD||100c||1c|
|KrisFlyer Spree||9 miles/10 USD||0.60 miles/NZD||2.2c||1.32c|
|Asia Miles iShop||1.25 miles/USD||0.85 miles/NZD||2.2c||1.87c|
To calculate the equivalent earn rate per NZD spent for KrisFlyer Spree and Asia Miles iShop that are quoted in USD, I have assumed an exchange rate of 0.67, which is the current rate as of time of writing. As the rate changes, this will need to be factored into your calculations.
Asia Miles iShop comes out on top for iTunes purchases, given the relatively generous earn rate of 0.85 miles per dollar spent.
Maximise your earn with iTunes gift cards
If you hold an American Express Platinum Edge card, you can maximise the number of points you earn from iTunes purchases by getting an iTunes gift card from supermarkets like Countdown, FreshChoice, New World, PAK’nSAVE and SuperValue.
Buying a gift card from these stores will see you earn 3 American Express points per dollar spent – you can then use these cards to make iTunes purchases.
More details can be found in our guide to earning more points by using American Express & supermarket/gift cards for bonus points.
Other frequent flyer malls where Apple Australia purchases can earn you points
Aside from the four online malls presented in this guide, I was unable to find any other online mall that provides a New Zealand Apple or iTunes store. That includes airline malls for Qantas, American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Japan Airlines, ANA, and Air Canada.
If you know of another airline shopping mall not covered in this guide that includes an Apple and iTunes NZ, please let me know!
If you are in the market for an Apple or iTunes product, then making the purchase through an airline shopping mall can definitely be worth it, given that you can earn frequent flyer points on your purchase at no added cost to what you would pay at an Apple retail store.
It is especially valuable when making a large purchase, such as a MacBook or outright purchase of an iPhone.
And just a reminder to make sure to have your cookies enabled for such purchases, or else you run the risk that your purchase won’t be tracked and no points will be earned.
Feature image courtesy Apple.