The American Express Airpoints Platinum Card is our pick of platinum cards in the market, serving up great perks like a high Airpoints earn rate on spend, complimentary lounge passes, travel and smart phone screen insurance and more.
Plus, for a limited time, there’s 400 bonus Airpoints Dollars when you apply online by 30 March 2021, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only.
400 Airpoints Dollars is worth $400 to spend with Air NZ on flights, accommodation, rental cars, or at the Airpoints store – it’s your choice.
Plus, supercharge your Air New Zealand Airpoints balance with an earn rate of 1 Airpoints Dollar for every $59 spent – positioning this card as the fastest Airpoints Dollar earning platinum credit card in New Zealand.
Fancy taking a trip? When it’s time to travel again, Amex’s top Airpoints card delivers four airport lounge entries each year (worth over $200) , discounted Koru Club membership, travel insurances, and more – all for a modest $195 annual fee.
Or, read on to discover the key benefits on offer with Amex’s most rewarding Airpoints credit card.
Reward yourself with 400 bonus Airpoints Dollars
One Airpoints Dollar is equal to 1 New Zealand dollar, with 400 Airpoints Dollars worth $400 to spend with Air New Zealand flights, on accommodation, car hire or at the Airpoints store. So, simply by using this benefit, you’ll more than fully offset the first-year annual fee of $195.
Enjoy a supercharged Airpoints Dollars earn rate
An earn rate of 1 Airpoints Dollar per $59 spent positions the American Express Airpoints Platinum Card as one of the highest Airpoints Dollars earning personal credit cards available in New Zealand.
And like all AMEX consumer credit cards, there’s no spending cap, ever, so there is no limit to the number of Airpoints Dollars you can earn with this card.
American Express acceptance is on the rise
Amex’s new partnership with BNZ has resulted in thousands of additional businesses being added to the American Express merchant network across the country.
In fact, over 19,000 businesses have started accepting American Express across New Zealand since the start of 2019.
These new merchants join the tens of thousands of businesses across New Zealand who already accept American Express – from local shops and restaurants to supermarkets, petrol stations and airlines.
The network of merchants accepting Amex is extensive and growing larger each day, so there’s no shortage of places where you can earn points.
Enjoy four lounge passes per year (worth over $200)
For when it’s time to travel again, the American Express Airpoints Platinum Card delivers up to four complimentary lounge visits each year.
Each calendar year, you’ll receive two entries to the stylish American Express Lounge at Sydney International Airport or Melbourne International Airport. You’ll simply need to swipe your Amex credit card at the door. In welcome news for families, children aged 2-17 years can join the primary Card Member in the Lounge at no cost.
Also on offer are two Priority Pass network lounge invites each membership year. The Priority Pass network of lounges is very extensive, and it includes the Strata Club Lounge at Auckland International Airport (previously known as the Emperor Lounge) and the Manaia Lounges in Christchurch and Queenstown.
Auckland Airport Strata Club Lounge adult guest entry lounge passes cost from $49 NZD and Amex currently charge $55 AUD per additional adult entry. So, simply by using your four Lounge invites each year, you could extract over $200 in value from your Amex Airpoints Platinum Card.
Access a range of complimentary insurances
Get access to complimentary domestic and international travel insurance for you, your partner and dependent children aged 22 and under when you pay for travel with your card or with Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollars.
The American Express Airpoints Platinum Card is also one of the first products to offer handy smartphone screen insurance. The cover is provided so long as you pay for your pre or post-paid phone contract with your card. You can claim up to a cap of $500 for repairs twice each 12 months, paying only a 10% excess.
Before taking up these insurance products, you should check that they meet your needs. The full terms and conditions for the American Express Airpoints Platinum Card insurance policies can be found here.
Enjoy travel benefits with Air New Zealand
If you travel on Air New Zealand, you can take advantage of several benefits that can save you money and help fast track you to elite status. You’ll enjoy:
- Up to $400 savings on Air New Zealand Koru membership. Save $255 on your Koru joining fee, and save $145 per year on the annual fee when you become an Air New Zealand Koru member, and
- Earn 1 Air New Zealand Status Point for every $250 you spend on your Card.
Unlock exclusive American Express Card Member perks
An American Express NZ credit card is your ticket to a range of exclusive offers and valuable benefits, designed to save money and reward Card Membership. These include:
- The ability to arrange additional cards free of charge for family members
- Access to entertainment offers – including pre-sale tickets, reserved seats and competitions
- Amex Offers – enjoy Spend and Save promotions like Auckland Restaurant month, which we’ve previously written about here, and
- Get peace of mind with Online Fraud Protection Guarantee
American Express Airpoints Platinum Card annual fee and eligibility
The Amex Airpoints Platinum Card comes with a modest annual fee of $195.
By using the benefits offered including the 400 Airpoints Dollars for new Card Members and four lounge passes (worth over $200), you could extract tremendous value from the first-year annual fee.
To apply for this Amex credit card, you’ll need to be able to report a personal pre-tax income of $65,000.
The 400 Airpoints Dollars are awarded when you apply online for the American Express Airpoints Platinum card by 30 March 2021, are approved and spend $1,500 on your new Card within the first 3 months. This offer is available to new Card Members only.
The secure application form on the secure American Express website takes less than 10 minutes to complete. Amex will be able to give you a response in 5-10 working days.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to boost your Airpoints Dollars balance and enjoy a range of valuable benefits.