Air New Zealand has made significant changes to its frequent flyer programme, with members to receive points reflective of their overall spend.
Air NZ customers who purchase expensive seats will earn more Airports Dollars and Status Points, while travellers booking low-cost flights that did not qualify previously, will now earn credits.
Frequent flyers paying for mid-range priced flights will earn fewer reward points under the new revisions, while standard Grabaseat fares will be covered by the scheme for the first time.
Industry experts described the changes as a win for consumers, despite the hit taken by mid-range spenders.
“Adjusting earn rates means higher earning rates on many fares, particularly for short-haul travellers while fewer Airpoints Dollars will be earned on certain cheaper fares,” Air NZ head of customer loyalty Mark Street said.
“Overall, these changes result in a much fairer reward and recognition system as they are directly linked to value of the fare paid.”
The new rates take effect for bookings made from 31 March 2014, while Status Point earning rates will apply for any travel from 31 March next year.