Z Fuel are running a bonus Airpoints Dollars and Fly Buys offer when you fuel up with petrol or diesel for one day only.
Scan your Airpoints card at Z from 6am on Wednesday 31 October, to 6am Thursday 1 November, and you’ll earn either 4x Airpoints Dollars or Fly Buys points.
If you have a Fuelup voucher, we recommend swiping your Airpoints card for this offer. You’ll receive the equivalent discount of 10 cents per litre.
If you don’t have one, we recommend swiping your Fly Buys card instead – you’ll not only earn quadruple Fly Buys points, but you’ll also receive a 6 cents per litre ‘Pumped’ discount, for a combined 9.2 cents per litre equivalent discount.
If you opt for Airpoints Dollars without a Fuelup voucher, 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 tally, 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, thanks to the ongoing ‘Pumped’ benefit. 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:
Note that you cannot stack Fuelup vouchers with the standard Fly Buys discount.
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’ appears dismal compared to Fly Buys.
However there is a way to boost this – with the use of Fuelup vouchers awarded through spend at participating New World or PAK’nSAVE stores.
These vouchers will boost your effective discount rate to 7 cents per litre of fuel – slightly more than with Fly Buys.
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 tally 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 without relying on supermarket spend, you’re better off opting to use your Fly Buys card
- If you have a Fuelup voucher, you can opt to earn Airpoints Dollars for the slightly higher effective discount
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.
If you pay for a Z Gift Card with an American Express Platinum Edge from any participating supermarket, you’ll earn Membership Rewards that can be transferred to numerous different frequent flyer programs, including Airpoints.
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.
You cannot use Fuelup vouchers when using the Z Card.
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 if you don’t have a Fuelup voucher – otherwise Airpoints is your friend for a slightly greater discount.
Also remember to pay with a points-earning credit card, so you’re maximising your earn rate every time you fill up the car.
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