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Earning miles in New Zealand
Hey everyone. I follow one mile at a time regularly and am looking for information about how best to continue collecting airmiles for spending in New Zealand, where I’ve just arrived (from the UK) for a period of 7 months. I’m loath to leaving available points on the table for any purchases. I’d love to apply for the right bank accounts/ credit cards when starting my job here. Back in the UK, I’ve been collecting Amex MR points on a Gold Reward card, and Virgin Atlantic miles on their own VirginMoney card. I have skywards miles too, so my main carriers are VA and Emirates. Any advice would be appreciated. There appears to be scant information available within New Zealand, from my research online
Welcome [USER=7056]@SammyP[/USER] – as this is a mostly US-centered blog (as you know) it’s not the best resource for folks based in other countries. Tiffany wrote this general post 5 years ago for folks based outside the US: [URL]https://onemileatatime.com/choose-credit-card-outside-us/[/URL]
Here on the Boarding Area platform there’s the Points From the Pacific blog. Zac, who runs the blog, is based in Australia and perhaps he’d have more info for you.
If your current cards have no foreign transaction fees I’d certainly hang on to them.
Hopefully someone else has some better advice but the truth is that there are just some parts of the world and some airline programs that are more welcoming to credit cards than others.
Hi [USER=184]@MidSouth Skier[/USER]. Many thanks for such a prompt response. I (gulp) hadn’t realised this was a US-based forum. Thankyou for pointing that out. The advice is really helpful.
I’ll do some further research and check out the Points from the Pacific blog as well.
My cards do, unfortunately, have a 2.99% foreign transaction fee, so I’ll have to figure out how to use them.
Thanks a million for this.
New Zealand isn’t welcoming to airline credit cards, as you suggest.
You could check what cards American Express offers there, so you can keep collecting Membership Rewards. Their value might not equal US or UK Membership Rewards so you’d have to do some research, but typically they have a local Platinum card in most of the markets they serve. I see that they also have a bunch of cards earning Air New Zealand Airpoints, if you’re planning to fly Air NZ quite a bit.
[QUOTE=”Clem, post: 71255, member: 2278″]You could check what cards American Express offers there, so you can keep collecting Membership Rewards. Their value might not equal US or UK Membership Rewards so you’d have to do some research, but typically they have a local Platinum card in most of the markets they serve. I see that they also have a bunch of cards earning Air New Zealand Airpoints, if you’re planning to fly Air NZ quite a bit.[/QUOTE]
Thanks Clem. Unfortunately, as much as I love ANZ, I don’t see it as feasible to earn and burn their miles long-term. Virgin/ Delta, Emirates, Avios are my go-to.
Thanks for the shout RE Amex, too.