Welcome to The Upgrade Collective, a travel and lifestyle website for savvy Kiwis.

We publish tips, guides, news and reviews to help inspire you to travel in style and live smarter.

Here, you’ll find advice on collecting and using Air New Zealand Airpoints Dollars, points and miles. You’ll also get access to lifestyle tips, airline news and in-depth travel reviews. From time to time, we selectively covering credit and travel card deals that can help you to boost your Airpoints and frequent flyer balance.

This page explains more about the site and where you should start if you are a beginner.

Joining a free frequent flyer program

If you are completely new to Airpoints, frequent flyer points and miles, your first point of call is to join a free frequent flyer program. Here in New Zealand, the most relevant scheme is Air New Zealand Airpoints.

You might also find value in joining the main Australian airline loyalty programs, such as:

In addition to the schemes above, you’ll also find us covering a number of other valuable loyalty schemes such as Asia Miles, Singapore Airlines, Starwood Preferred Guest and American Airlines Aadvantage. Each of these programs are free to join.

Using your everyday spend to earn Airpoints Dollars, points and miles

Once you’ve joined a frequent flyer program, you’re ready to start learning the best ways to collect Airpoints Dollars, points and miles. You’ll find lots of inspiration in our ‘Collecting Points’ section.

We’d also encourage you to check out our round-up of current credit card bonus point offers. Signing up for a rewards credit card can be one of the easiest ways to build up your Airpoints Dollars balance quickly.

Using your Airpoints Dollars, points and miles for stylish travel adventures

Once you’ve amassed a stack of Airpoints Dollars, frequent flyer points or miles, your next challenge is working out how to best use them. Here at The Upgrade Collective, we love to leverage loyalty schemes to travel in style.

Check out our top tips on using points, and get inspiration from our luxury travel reviews.

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