New World are running a bonus points offer for qualifying supermarket purchases.
Scan your Clubcard until close on Thursday 5 December, and if you’re spending a minimum of $50 on qualifying products, you’ll earn either 4x Airpoints Dollars, or 4x Fly Buys points.
Here is how we value this offer:
- If you opt to earn Fly Buys, you’ll earn 4 points for every $25 spend. Based on each point being worth around 16.6c each when redeemed on flights, this works out to be a 2.6% cashback on spend.
- The boosted earn rate with Airpoints is about the equivalent of 1.7 points per $1 spent, using this conversion method that helps to put the currency on par with other frequent flyer programmes. At a minimum we value this as around 3% cashback on spend, but can be worth double or more when redeeming APD on partner flights.
This offer excludes spend on Christmas Club deposits, gift cards, prepaid debit cards, travel card top ups, phone card top ups, tobacco products and New Zealand Lotteries tickets and purchases paid for through charge accounts.
You’ll also earn bonus Fly Buys with online/mobile app purchases at I shop New World and in-store at Fresh Collective by New World — but not bonus Airpoints.
Guide to earning points at New World
You have a choice between earning 0.185 Airpoints Dollars or 1 Fly Buys point for every $25 spent at New World — but obviously not both.
To earn points in either programme, apply online for a New World Clubcard, and choose whether you would like to collect either Fly Buys points or earn Airpoints Dollars. You will receive a personalised Clubcard in the mail that you can then scan at the New World checkout.
So, should I be earning Fly Buys points, or Airpoints Dollars?
Before applying for a Clubcard, you should have a think about which points programme is best for you.
The Club Deals discounts you earn in-store are the same regardless of the type of card you opt for. Both programmes also offer the ability to pool points across multiple New World Clubcards.
If you’re reading Point Hacks, then the programme you pick should be based on maximising your points earn towards flight redemptions.
Fly Buys points have a fixed value of 16.6c each where put towards a flight booking with Helloworld. You can also earn standard points and status on these bookings, and Fly Buys, which can boost the value proposition.
Using this conversion method which equalises Airpoints with other frequent flyer programmes, this works out to be an earn rate of about 0.4 points per $1 spent.
If your goal is to travel with Air New Zealand or their partners, then opting to earn Airpoints Dollars will probably be the better option.
However if you want the flexibility to redeem on both Air New Zealand and other airlines, albeit at full cost and not at any special partner rates, then Fly Buys may be more favourable.
I am currently earning Fly Buys points and have decided that Airpoints Dollars are better for me (or vice versa). How do I switch?
However don’t just swap between programmes before each regular shop – each switch will tell New World to send you a new membership card.
If you’re really feeling the need to earn points with a programme different from the one currently linked to your Clubcard, you can just swipe your normal Fly Buys or Airpoints membership card in-store. You won’t however enjoy any additional Clubcard benefits.
Do I have to wait until I receive my Clubcard before I can start earning points?
You can scan a digital version of your Clubcard at the checkout right away – simply log in to your account on your mobile phone, and your digital card will be available to use.
If you don’t have your phone, you can just swipe your normal Fly Buys or Airpoints membership card in-store to collect standard points. Though you won’t enjoy any additional Clubcard benefits, or be able to take advantage of any bonus points promotions.
Key points that you should know
- You’ll earn 1 Fly Buys points or 0.185 Airpoints Dollar per $25 spent in-store or online with the New World Clubcard. You cannot earn both at the same time.
- To earn points in-store, customers will need to present/swipe their Clubcard at the register. When shopping online or via the phone app, just enter your Clubcard membership number.
Paying using the right credit card
New World accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Diners) with no transaction fees, which provides a good opportunity to double dip and earn points through card spend too.
If you’re looking to maximum the number of Airpoints Dollars you earn on everyday spend, plus be able to earn with other programmes, I would recommend the American Express Platinum Edge, where you’ll earn the equivalent of 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $58.33 spent.
As a flexible points programme, you’ll also have the choice to transfer your Membership Rewards points to other frequent flyer programmes like Qantas Frequent Flyer, KrisFlyer, and Velocity. With these programmes, you’ll earn the equivalent of 1.5 points per $1 spent.
If Airpoints is the main aim of the game, then the American Express Airpoints Platinum will be the card of choice, where you’ll earn the equivalent of 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $59 spent, plus a host of other travel benefits.
Make sure to take time to shop around and verify you are getting good value from New World before choosing to shop here just to earn points.
Supermarkets like PAK’nSAVE can often offer far better value overall for your weekly spend. Be sure to compare.
It is not a good idea to be wasting extra money in the quest for more points, unless they are worth the difference in price, which they can be during a promotion.