Caltex has joined the Airpoints and Fly Buys programmes, so now you can get fuel discounts and points from them and Z.
This means that we are likely to see bonus point promotions run at both brands.
Z Energy acquired Caltex in 2016 so the new arrangement does not come as a surprise, and is likely as a result of end of contractual arrangements with AA and the Smartfuel programme.
We have updated this guide so as to be relevant to both Z and Caltex.
Guide to earning points for fuel and in-store purchases
You have the choice of earning either Fly Buys points or Airpoints Dollars when purchasing fuel at Z and Caltex. You can also earn points on some in-store purchases.
Is earning Fly Buys your thing?
You’ll earn 1 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.
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 at Z Fule:
Do you prefer to earn Airpoints Dollars?
You can earn 1 APD (or part thereof) for every 100 litres of fuel purchased, and 1 APD (or part thereof) for every $50 you spend on the following at Z Fuel only:
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 at Z Fuel.
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 7 cents back for each litre of fuel.
This effective ‘discount per litre’ is slightly superior to Fly Buys in terms of value.
Fuelup Vouchers and other promotions
Got a Fuelup voucher from supermarket spend? Or is Z and Caltex running one of their frequent 10c off per litre discounts? While you can still earn Fly Buys or Airpoints under these offers, they cannot be stacked with the standard Pumped discount.
Though don’t despair— you will always be entitled to the greatest per litre discount offer available.
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.
- Airpoints Dollars cannot be collected using an Airpoints-linked New World Clubcard. You can use an Airpoints-linked New World Clubcard to access the Pumped Programme, however you will not be entitled to collect Airpoints Dollars on the relevant purchase. You can use a Fly Buys-linked New World Clubcard to earn Fly Buys points however.
- 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.
- Providing you are using your points for flights, opting to earn Airpoints Dollars at the pump offers slightly better than Fly Buys.
Paying for fuel by credit card
Remember that Fly Buys and Airpoints members can ‘double dip’ on their points earn by using a rewards credit card.
The highest earning Fly Buys card is the BNZ Advantage Visa Platinum, where you’ll earn 1 Fly Buys point for every $15 spent.
The highest earning Airpoints card that you can use 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 or Caltex gift cards to pay for qualifying items.
If you buy your gift cards with an American Express Platinum Edge from any participating supermarket, you’ll earn 3 Membership Reward Points per $1. These points can be transferred to numerous different frequent flyer programmes, 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, both Z Fuel and Caltex—you can use your card at both—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. You could also use your Airpoints for Business number if you prefer.
The plus of using a Z card is that there is no need for you to also present your Fly Buys or Airpoints card – your points will be collected automatically.
You cannot use Fuelup vouchers when using the Z Card.
Z Fuel and Caltex are probably the single most engaging businesses in New Zealand when it comes to frequent discount and bonus point promotions.
For a slightly greater discount at the pump, be sure to use your Airpoints card.
Also remember to pay with a points-earning credit card, so you’re maximising your earn rate every time you fill up the car.
Images courtesy of Z Fuel and Caltex