A guide to earning points on Duty Free with JR/Vantage

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: October 23, 2017
UPDATED: October 23, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Air New Zealand Airpoints

JR/Vantage is the membership program of JR/Duty Free, a duty free store located in Wellington and Christchurch, and with pick-up available before/after your flight in Auckland.

You can earn 1 Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollar for every $50 of eligible spend with JR/Vantage online or in-store.

You can also double-dip and earn points with the program itself, and then redeem these for gift vouchers.

As one of the few duty free stores that offer a best price guarantee, you can count them on your list of potential retailers to purchase items from when travelling.

This guide explores how you can best take advantage of the program when travelling.

Member Status and Points Earn/Redeem

There are three tiers of membership – Red, Gold and Diamond. 

You can earn points on all purchases except Apple and Samsung products, and tobacco. The number of points you earn will increase once you become a Gold or Diamond member.

JR Vantage Status

You need to spend $1,500 – $2,999 to become a Gold member, and $3,000 or more to become a Diamond member. This can be from spend on any products except tobacco.

The website says that you will retain this status for as long as you are a regular shopper. What they consider to be ‘regular’ is answered in their FAQ under ‘Tiers’ – at least one purchase of any value every 12 months.

Points will only expire if you do not make a purchase or points redemption within a 12 month period.

For every 4,500 points you earn, you can redeem points to the value of $20 in-store or online. This would require a general spend of between $320 – $450, depending on your membership level. This is a return of $0.04 – $0.06 cents per $1 spent.

Happen to be missing some points? Contact JR/Duty Free with proof of purchase to make a claim.

Earning Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollars

One benefit of the program is that you can double dip and earn 1 APD for every $50 you spend (excluding tobacco) in addition to your points earn with JR/Vantage. This results in an overall return of $0.06 – $0.08 cents per $1 spent, an effective 6-8% discount on your duty-free purchases.

Paying by Credit Card?

JR/Duty Free accept all major credit cards.

If you’re trying to maximise your Airpoints Dollar earn, the American Express Airpoints Platinum will see you earn 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $59 spent.

Do you like flexibility with your points? The American Express Platinum Charge will see you earn the equivalent of 1 point per $1 spent with major programs like Qantas Frequent Flyer, Velocity, Asia Miles and KrisFlyer.

Partner Benefits

Being a member of JR/Vantage gives you access to a few partner benefits, regardless of how much you spend with them on duty free.

Cover More Travel Insurance

Each time you purchase Cover-More travel insurance you’ll receive a 20% discount. Call 0800 500 225 (NZ) to activate the discount, quoting the code ‘JR2057‘. As this offer cannot be redeemed online, you may like to check the Cover-More website for the insurance price and coverage information before calling, to avoid any sales pressure. We’ll shy away from commenting on whether we think this is a good deal or not.

Europcar

You will receive a 15% discount with Europcar when renting a passenger vehicle in Australia or New Zealand. The discount applies to the basic rental charge on the ‘best rate of the day’, available all year round, with no minimum rental period.

To take advantage of this saving, quote promotional code ‘51221504‘ when making your reservation by either calling 1300 13 13 90 (AU) or 0800 800 115 (NZ) or visiting the Europcar website at europcar.com.au or europcar.co.nz.

We’ve confirmed that the offer does discount your daily rate, shown below is an example of a one day rental from Auckland Airport.

JR Vantage - Europcar

Price without promotional code

JR Vantage

Price with promotional code

Millennium Hotels & Resorts

You can receive a 15% discount on daily rates at Millennium, Copthorne and Kingsgate Hotels across New Zealand.

Use this link to book, and enter promotional code ‘DUTYFREE‘ to login to the website. Don’t be put off by the website – ‘BestHotelDeals.co.nz’ is owned and run by Millennium Hotels and Resorts New Zealand. The only difference is that the rates booked on this website won’t be eligible for frequent flyer point earn.

You can see from the examples below how much the discount could be:

JR Vantage - Millennium Hotels

Price without promotional code

JR Vantage - Millennium Hotels

Price with promotional code

Uber

Do you happen to be one of the few that haven’t used Uber yet? Well you’re in luck, because JR/Vantage will help you save up to $20 off your first UberX or UberBLACK ride.

Simply download their app, and enter ‘JRDFNZ’ before making your first booking.

Best Price Guarantee

JR/Duty Free are offering to beat competitor’s advertised pricing until the 20 June 2018.

If you find an identical item at a competitor’s store for a lower price, and that item is in stock with the competitor, they will match that price and beat it by 5%.

This applies to all products except those relating to tobacco.

The full terms and conditions for the offer can be found here, and we suggest you read through it in full, as there are some nuances associated with the guarantee.

For example:

  • If the competitor is an online store, and the shipping costs of the competitor make the overall price more expensive than JR/Duty Free, then the guarantee will not apply.
  • The guarantee includes member’s only promotions, which is highly unusual. If you can prove that you’re a member in a program at another store, and the discount is associated with the membership, then they will still beat the price.
  • If the stocked item online or at another store is bundled with a promotional offer (e.g. a gift), JR/Duty Free will honour the guarantee and give you the same gift. This is assuming that they have the same gift available!
  • They won’t match with products sold in a city that is not part of your original, transit or final destination. Though they do match products sold online, so I am not quite sure how this matches up – I assume that the online store must be associated with a shop that is physically located in one of the cities you will be travelling through?

Summing Up

The JR/Vantage program is free to join and gives you access to a range of partner benefits, regardless of how much you spend. This means that some could get value out of it without spending anything at all.

Remember to always do a price comparison though – JR/Duty Free have an online store, so there is no excuse to not do a bit of online research and price comparison before you head to the airport.

Their best price guarantee and offer to beat competitors by 5% may make shopping with them all the more worthwhile, especially as you can then earn Airpoints Dollars and JR/Vantage points with every purchase.

A guide to earning points on Duty Free with JR/Vantage was last modified: October 23rd, 2017 by Daniel Kinnoch