24 Nov 2011

Air New Zealand relaunches loyalty card with new functions

2:33 pm on 24 November 2011

Air New Zealand is turning its airports loyalty card into a debit-cum-travel card, in a bid to boost revenue.

The national carrier says its renamed OneSmart card will continue to be used for airpoints but will also allow members to check-in on domestic flights, store up to four foreign currencies and take out cash overseas, as well as make everyday purchases and shop online.

The head of loyalty at Air New Zealand Simon Pomeroy says the enhanced card will suit travellers, but it's not just for them.

He says the card will also allow online shopping and if it is used on an international website it will recognise if it is loaded with currency from that country, rather than charging conversion fees.

Mr Pomeroy says it also allows people to do things that can't be done through banks, such as texting money to people while they are overseas, if both users have activated the OneSmart features.

Mastercard and BNZ are also part of the new programme.

The attraction is the 700,000 plus members of Air New Zealand's airpoints scheme who are eligible for it and who will receive the new card over the next few weeks.

Mr Pomeroy says Air New Zealand will receive revenue every time the card is used.

He says the card can be used at nearly 33 million locations globally, including more than 1.9 million ATMs.