For many in Auckland, catching trains, buses, and ferries is part of everyday life, and can also be a major annual household expense.
I’m always on the lookout for ways to slowly increase my points balances. My wife and I are spending at least $3,000 per year catching the train to work. We’re no strangers to topping-up our AT HOP using a credit card – that’s not rocket science. Most ticket and top-up machines across Auckland accept Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Diners with no surcharge.
However, I recently stumbled across a new way to bring in points from public transport spend in Auckland when topping-up the AT HOP card.
There are a few supermarkets across Auckland where you can top-up your AT HOP card, and earn bonus American Express Membership Rewards Points.
If you have an American Express Platinum Edge card, you will earn 3 Membership Rewards points on every dollar spent on the top-up at these supermarkets, rather than the 1 point you would have earned if you paid via a top-up machine, or other smaller retailers.
Here’s a current known list of supermarkets in Auckland where you can earn bonus Membership Rewards points on every AT HOP top-up:
- PAK’nSAVE Sylvia Park
- PAK’nSAVE Westgate
- PAK’nSAVE Silverdale
- New World Green Bay
- New World Milford, Kitchener Road
Nevertheless, this is a nice little hack for earning additional points from everyday spend, if you live or work nearby one of these supermarkets.
My wife and I will earn a total of 9,000 Membership Rewards points per annum by topping-up in this way, as opposed to only 3,000 if we just used the Platinum Edge on one of the top-up machines.
If you know of any other major supermarkets that provide for AT HOP top-up, please let us know in the comments section below.