Flying Air New Zealand’s Spaceseat Premium Economy across the Tasman

As part of a recent Air New Zealand flight with the family to Sydney we all enjoyed the comfort of Air NZ’s innovative premium economy Spaceseat thanks to an Airpoints Oneup upgrade.

This was one of the best value uses for my hard-earned Airpoints Dollars, and I was keen to enjoy the Spaceseat given that Air NZ are set to dump it for business reasons – despite it’s award winning nature and being a part of the fleet since 2011.
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Air New Zealand American Express Platinum Credit Card Review

The Air New Zealand Platinum Card is now unavailable to new applicants, being replaced by the new American Express Airpoints Platinum card. We’ve left our guide up for reference for existing cardholders.

The Air New Zealand American Express Platinum card is the high-end Amex account for devoted Air New Zealand Airpoints members.

The current bonus offer is $200 in Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollars – the bonus is the equivalent to that amount flight credit to be redeemed with Air NZ.

The offer requires a $500 minimum spend within the first 3 months of ownership to trigger the bonus, and is worth considering for the committed Air New Zealand frequent flyer. Continue reading…

Air New Zealand releasing historically hard to find Business Class Award Space to North and South America

If you’re like me and have been hoping the arrival of increased competition on the NZ to US direct flight routes might make a difference to the void of business award availability for us, then we’re in luck.

Over the last few months Air New Zealand has finally decided to release Business Class award seats bookable through it’s Star Alliance and strategic partners to most North American destinations.

With a drought of direct carriers flying the Pacific from NZ to Continental America, getting Business Class award availability has long been considered the needle in the haystack of world points travel. Continue reading…

How our major frequent flyer programs can make changes to their terms and potentially screw points-collectors in the process

There’s been a few changes within a number of Airline loyalty programmes of late, particularly regarding increasing award chart points requirements. This has the effect of devaluing those points you either worked so hard to collect, or in some cases spent good money to buy.

One of our Australian contributing Editors Peter Botros has written a great piece on how easily our local Airlines can make changes to their loyalty programmes, take a look it’s an informative read.

We’ve previously been through the notice periods that banks have to give you before they can make certain changes to their rewards program. Spoiler alert – they’re not generous.

In this article we’ll cover the same terms that allow airlines to change their frequent flyer programs – and in short, you have significantly less rights under an airline rewards program compared to a bank program. Continue reading…

Guide to the basics of airline status – Air NZ, Qantas and Velocity

Status – “Relative social or professional position; standing” (Oxford Dictionaries), sounds a little too stuck-up for me.

Within the terms of Airline loyalty programmes however, ‘Status‘ simply means a level of Recognition from an Airline of the key recipient’s likely worth to them as a customer. The higher their perceived worth, the higher the Status level and enticements (bribes!) offered to maintain loyalty from the customer.

Airline lounge access, business class upgrades, free checked baggage, express check in and priority security lanes are often offered as inducements for you to tie your spending and flying to one airline.

In this introduction to elite status, I will try to break down the specifics of status recognition within the 3 most prevalent Airline loyalty programmes in the NZ market – Air New Zealand Airpoints, Qantas Frequent Flyer, and Virgin Australia’s Velocity Frequent Flyer.
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Deal Alert: Air NZ Pacific Islands on Sale until 22 February


Air NZ currently has their “Islands” flight sale running until midnight 22 February. I’m a little bit late getting this out but felt it was still worth noting for reference. Being the leading Airline of the Pacific, Air NZ has flights to most Pacific Island destinations with a range of product options and fare classes.

The main focus for me at Point Hacks is to bring you great opportunities for earning points/miles, status credits and identifying where you can get the best value for your collection (what we call the sweet spot). Airline sales can often provide a good chance to collect more of those points and status credits at a price less than you would otherwise pay.

So if you’re planning this year on jetting off to Fiji, Rarotonga or any one of the other Beautiful Pacific Island Neighbours this could be a good opportunity to secure a bargain ticket. There are direct flights departing Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch and you can connect onto those from any regional NZ airport that Air NZ services.

Above Image: The Mamanuca Islands Fiji, courtesy of Air New Zealand

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