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

Note: This programme has been discontinued, but we’ve kept this guide around for archival purposes.

JR/Vantage is the membership programme 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 programme 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 programme when travelling. Continue reading…

Coming to an End: Starwood Hotels & Uber tie-up to earn Starpoints

Sad news: The Uber tie-up will end officially end on December 17th, 2017, with no ability to earn Starpoints on Uber rides after this date.

For other ways to earn points on taxi rides, chauffeurs, and transfers in New Zealand after this date, read our full guide.

Guide to earning SPG Starpoints on Uber rides

Starwood Preferred Guest are partnered with and will have you earning at least 1 Starpoint per US dollar for every ride made with Uber.

There’s only one catch – you’ll need to have made a Starwood hotel stay in the current calendar year before you can earn any SPG points for that year.

Not an easy feat here in New Zealand where there are no SPG hotels – though this is set to change in 2018 with the new Four Points by Sheraton in Auckland Central. In the interim, you’ll need to take up a stay in Australia or further abroad.

As an upside, you’ll earn extra points if you Uber during your stay at a Starwood hotel, with the bonus matching that of your SPG tier – so Gold and Platinum members will earn triple points on Uber spend after check-in. Continue reading…