How to boost your Amex Membership Rewards points with AT HOP in Auckland

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. I spend at least $1,500 per year catching the train to work. I am no stranger to topping-up my 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. Continue reading…

Intro to earning Fly Buys points: supermarkets, fuel, other partners & bonus points

Over 2.4 million people in New Zealand use the Fly Buys program, but if your points strategy only involves scanning your card at the register, you may not be maximising the number that you earn. This is because there are nearly 60 partners where you can earn Fly Buys points.

There are plenty of different ways to use your Fly Buys points once you’ve got them, including redeeming on flights with Air New Zealand, and on gift cards with Helloworld which can be used to purchase any flight, in any class, worldwide.

In this guide, we run through the basics of how to maximise the Fly Buys points you earn on your everyday shopping, as well as additional ways to earn more points, including without needing to spend a cent. Continue reading…

Why your supermarket choice shouldn’t be influenced by how many points or discounts you can earn

We’re not a privileged lot here in New Zealand when it comes to reward programmes – particularly when doing your grocery shopping.

New World allows you to choose whether to earn Air New Zealand Airpoints directly, or earn Fly Buys points (which can then coincidentally also be redeemed on flights with Air New Zealand!)

Countdown offer the Onecard programme, where you can choose to either earn points that can be redeemed for Countdown discount vouchers, or AA Smartfuel discounts to reduce the price of fuel at BP or Caltex.

This article explains why I don’t think that these programmes should be a consideration as to where you do your grocery shopping. Continue reading…