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Earn double Airpoints Dollars on your next car rental with Avis and Budget

Many rental car providers offer frequent flyer points to customers when they rent – and this includes Airpoints Dollars if that’s your points currency of choice.

In this guide, you’ll find an overview of the car rental partners where you’ll be able to earn and redeem Airpoints Dollars – Avis and Budget.

Need car hire soon in New Zealand or overseas? Book by 15 October via the Air New Zealand Website for travel commencing by 30 November, and earn double Airpoints Dollars – that’s 6 Airpoints Dollars per day.

Coupon number MPIA005 must be quoted at time of booking. See here for locations and full terms and conditions.

Airpoints Car Rental Partners

Air New Zealand has partnered with car rental providers Avis and Budget.

You will earn 2.5 Airpoints Dollars for every rental day on eligible eligible leisure and contracted rates, inside and outside of New Zealand, when you book direct with Avis and Budget.

The Airpoints Dollar earn rate when booked via Air New Zealand’s dedicated booking portal is slightly higher, at 3 Airpoints Dollars for every rental day. This portal still allows you to input coupon numbers so you theoretically won’t miss out on any promotional savings – this is likely provided because the portal is powered by Carrental.com, which is owned by the Avis Budget Group. In New Zealand, you will also have the benefit of being able to add an extra driver for free.

Car Hire Deals

Air New Zealand provide a helpful page where they list all the latest car Deal promotions. We did find that the list wasn’t exhaustive however and the Avis and Budget websites list additional offers.

Book a Rental Car with your Airpoints Dollars balance

You can redeem Airpoints Dollars for car rental with Avis and Budget by booking through their dedicated online booking page. Make sure you login to your Airpoints account, and click on ‘pay with Airpoints Dollars’.

Lowest Price Guarantee

To incentivise bookings through their own portal, Air New Zealand offer a ‘Lowest Price Guarantee’ and also a slightly higher Airpoints Dollar earn rate.

If, on the same day you book your car rental through the Air New Zealand website, you find a lower publicly available price directly from Avis or Budget New Zealand websites for rentals in New Zealand or Australia, they will match the rate and offer a free single upgrade.

To qualify for the price guarantee, the car hire booking must be in New Zealand or Australia, identical in all regards, and all details must be visible on the screenshots provided. This includes same car group, dates, times, locations, inclusions, supplier and currency.

To claim the price guarantee, you will need to email screenshots of the lower price and your Avis or Budget booking confirmation within 24 hours of booking to [email protected]

I find it a bit odd that they have a ‘same day’ criteria for the price match and upgrade offer. You could just cancel without penalty (you don’t pay upfront) and rebook to take advantage of the guarantee.

Rental Car Excess Insurance

Air New Zealand offer rental car excess insurance as an agent for and on behalf of Great Lakes New Zealand. The insurance is available from $15 per day.

You will earn 1 Airpoints Dollar per full $50 spent, with a minimum earn rate of 1 Airpoints Dollar (e.g. a $30 spent will still earn you 1 Airpoints Dollar).

Alternatively, you can pay for your policy with your existing Airpoints Dollars.

I personally buy comprehensive travel insurance through 1Cover when travelling domestically in New Zealand or across the ditch to Australia, as their cover includes the excess on rental cars without so many exceptions, and is considerably cheaper overall. While this is a personal choice, make sure you do your research and shop around, and don’t purchase from Air New Zealand for the sole benefit of earning a few Airpoints Dollars.

The PDS can be found here.

Featured image courtesy of Air New Zealand



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