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codyc1515 Jun 3, 17 10:14 pm

Airpoints members with >$1000 APD, how'd you do it?
 
Seems unfathomable to me. I get probably a few hundred from credit card every year, though I am guessing most here probably are flying in J or full Y fares regularly to be hitting such high balances. I have even heard of some members with >10 years banked Elite years. I'll be lucky to hit Silver this year :eek:

KiwiJC Jun 3, 17 10:28 pm

As you suggest, flying a lot in full Y or premium cabins does actually bring in a lot of Airpoints (and status points of course). Last year I probably only earnt ~5% of my Airpoints from card spend, the rest was flying.

There's plenty of people out there doing long haul flights most months - this makes building up a few thousand Airpoints pretty easy, particularly if you're not using them for elite upgrades.

sbiddle Jun 3, 17 11:37 pm

I'd probably earn at least $1k per year just from flights.

I know a number of people who put $100k + per year on their credit cards. That's pretty easy when you're paying GST + PAYE with it.

Obviously credit card earn is going to crash big time within the next 12 months or so when the expected interchange fee drop occurs.

skigirl Jun 4, 17 12:29 am

From a combination of flights and credit card spend. I do put pretty much everything on my credit card. Although, as sbiddle says the credit card earning power could be eroded depending on what MBIE go with.

Xiaotung Jun 4, 17 12:49 am

50 (or 25 in Australia) stays a year at SPG hotels would land me 1000 APD.

Hilton has APD promos most of the time which often awards double/triple/50 bonus APD for weekend stays.

gratn Jun 4, 17 12:50 am

Same for me. I put most life spending on my credit card (if only I could pay the mortgage that way too...), and the rest is flying. Mine is mostly Flexi Y around NZ, with some TT thrown in. It gets me around $APD1000 each year.

CHCflyer Jun 4, 17 12:57 am

I earn a fair bit from flying but I groan at the prospect of another flight as a reward. I give many points away to people who need to fly places for personal reasons. I suppose I could spend them on the Airpoints shop but it just does not do it for me. Coming from the UK with elderly parents I tend to just sit on the majority as I know one night I will get that phone call and need to jump on a plane pretty quickly. I have enough to cover two PE returns to London.

sbiddle Jun 4, 17 2:16 am


Originally Posted by Xiaotung (Post 28399644)
50 (or 25 in Australia) stays a year at SPG hotels would land me 1000 APD.

Hilton has APD promos most of the time which often awards double/triple/50 bonus APD for weekend stays.

I recently switch my Hilton earn across but that does mean less Hilton points which can be more valuable. I had about 25 Hilton nights last year.

LyingFlat Jun 4, 17 4:21 am

Nearly all of mine come from flying. I've done 4 AKL-LON-AKL trips on NZ this year alone. 3 of these trips were booked in C class in both directions. C class earns 497APD and 476SP each way...

bce1 Jun 4, 17 4:52 am

Mix of 5-6 LH to US or UK per year in J and 10-12 trans-tasman in E or PE - I also fly most weeks domestically - but as you point out that nets only a few hundred. Clocks up quickly in J. I have >10 banked years. I got given some when they introduced changes 5-6 years ago and last 2 years have got 2 each year - from threshold and also from the 5000 SP gift. I have been fortunate to take one of my kids to UK on a companion ticket each year for the last 3 years on airpoints.

BCE

jawnbc Jun 4, 17 4:58 am

We put almost every household expense through on our joint Airpoints Visa card. I also put 95% of my personal spending on my Airpoints Mastercard. The rest of my Airpoint dollars are accrued through travel: about 3-4 domestic, perhaps 2 trans-Tasman or the Islands, and 4-5 international Y class trips (Europe, North America, Asia).

Biz_Traveller Jun 4, 17 5:48 am

I easily accumulate over APD 1k per year from domestic flights alone - credit cards and international only make up a small balance of my total yearly earn.

libertyuk Jun 4, 17 8:24 am

Long haul in premium cabins, NZ or not, and I rarely spend them except on Elite upgrades, the odd OneUp when not Elite or *A business or first reward tickets. The latter can be excellent value on some routes when available.

Beano Jun 4, 17 9:59 am

Building the points up
 

Originally Posted by sbiddle (Post 28399517)
I'd probably earn at least $1k per year just from flights.

I know a number of people who put $100k + per year on their credit cards. That's pretty easy when you're paying GST + PAYE with it.

Obviously credit card earn is going to crash big time within the next 12 months or so when the expected interchange fee drop occurs.

Yes this is the easiest way to build up points
But due to the surcharges you are really paying for the points.
Still I find it is worth paying the surcharge as (the Westpac World Card) then has no fees and extra 55 days of free credit really assists the business cashflows (you do need several cards to time the payments or the days of credit can be very short)

codyc1515 Jun 4, 17 8:22 pm


Originally Posted by LyingFlat (Post 28400020)
Nearly all of mine come from flying. I've done 4 AKL-LON-AKL trips on NZ this year alone. 3 of these trips were booked in C class in both directions. C class earns 497APD and 476SP each way...

By my quoting, I got $14,717 rt for C class on that route. So you're spending $45k per year for three rt flights? No wonder they are pumping out the airpoints lol. I hope an employer is paying for this.


Originally Posted by Xiaotung (Post 28399644)
50 (or 25 in Australia) stays a year at SPG hotels would land me 1000 APD.

Hilton has APD promos most of the time which often awards double/triple/50 bonus APD for weekend stays.

I had no idea about this. Did a quick Google and seems I missed out on quite a few APD by not doing this and I'm just outside the 6 month back claim period.


Originally Posted by sbiddle (Post 28399517)
I know a number of people who put $100k + per year on their credit cards. That's pretty easy when you're paying GST + PAYE with it.

Obviously credit card earn is going to crash big time within the next 12 months or so when the expected interchange fee drop occurs.

See, I thought business spend was prohibited from earning APD. Clearly it's not because it would be fairly easy to exclude IRD as earning points, but don't you have to pay a surcharge which would make it not worth it?

FWIW, I made a submission to MBIE on that matter as well. The sooner the payment processing fees come down the better. Needs more regulation IMO.

http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-service...sions-received


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