Aerohottie, instead of mouthing off, please advise what info you think is crap and correct it. FYI. I am an Airpoints Gold with years of experience in the travel industry landside. The posts in this discussion don't seem wildly out of line.
As mentioned, I have received the promotional information from Air NZ
about the changes and I have used it, as well as my industry experience, to assertain these facts.
charges $50 to join.
's new scheme will charge a $30 annual fee for those who don't make a revenue, Airpoints earning flight in the previous year. (some exceptions apply)
Fact, Airpoints will convert to Airpoints Dollars at a rate of 75 to 1 when the programme changes over. As per the brochure which arrived yesterday, a balance of 30,000 airpoints will convert to 400 Airpoints dollars at change over.
Fact, new earning rates will apply based on whether your flight is purely on NZ
-ticket and aircarft, or a joint itinerary with partners. eg LAX
-LON J class earns 315 on an NZ
ticket and flight, but only 100 if flown on a partner airline. They have obviously rejigged the scheme to try and create more loyalty to NZ
Fact, they will charge per sector fee of $25 for international flights if booked via the call centre rather than the web. They have not elaborated on the fees that are charged for partner airline bookings that can only be booked through the call centre. A 20 sector round world ticket would incur $500 in fees based on these new service fees.
Fact you can buy any airfare with Airpoints Dollars after the change over. Eg a $200 one way fare to Sydney will cost you 200 Airpoints dollars. Currently you need a set target of points and have to hope that the allocation of reward seats has not gone by the time you earn your points for your reward.
Opinion: The new programme will be more flexible for the top tier fequent flyers, many of whom are business travellers. Many travellers will be able to spend points on prime time trips which previously had no reward seat allocations. It will be harder for the discount economy traveller to earn points. eg a return AKL
-LON flight would only get 170 Airpoints dollars, not quite enough for a free AKL
return. The current earning scheme rewards travellers with enough points for a free domestic ticket when they get back.
No doubt, if you are a less frequent flyer you will feel miffed at the lower rate that you earn points, but if you are a more frequent flyer, I am sure you will be pleased at the flexibility. Sadly not all frequent fliers are high yield, and those who do a lot of miles but have to go on "best fares" in economy will lose out as they have to fly even more to get the recognition and rewards they previously enjoyed.