If you’re an Air New Zealand Airpoints member you’ll have an Airpoints card that’s branded OneSmart. The card can be used as a regular Prepaid Mastercard and is powered by the Rêv global wallet solution backed by Mastercard and supplied to Air New Zealand by BNZ. You can top up your card with multiple currencies and use this card while overseas for regular credit card transactions and ATM withdrawals with lower fees than you may pay for using a regular ATM card or credit card for cash withdrawals.
I noticed this thread on Geekzone last night discussing a new promotion offering $50 free Airpoints Dollars, simply by spending NZ$300 on your OneSmart card by the end of February 2015.
You can sign up for this promotion on the OneSmart site - http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/onesmart-register
While I don’t find the exchange rates on this card great for international travel (the conversion rates are worse than you’ll get with a regular credit card), it’s great for booking Air New Zealand airfares as the regular credit card booking fees are waived if you use this card as payment. This promotion is a great one however, and is a very easy way to score a free $50!
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Comment by kiwigander, on 30-Oct-2014 21:15
Hey, ta for that tip! I'm an Air NZ frequent flyer and a OneSmart user and never saw that promotion.
I found the exchange rates with OneSmart when it was just starting out were better than through a regular credit card, and I started using the card regularly for overseas purchases. That does seem to have changed now, and when I'm within NZ I confine the OneSmart card to Air NZ bookings (where it avoids the steep credit card charge).
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