Flight Centre Credit Cards

Updated 14 August 2019

As a travel agent, Flight Centre is a brand most Kiwis would recognise. However, Flight Centre offers more than just great deals on holidays. Dipping its toes into the financial services arena, Flight Centre now offers its own credit card, allowing cardholders to earn Flight Centre Rewards, which can be redeemed on travel bookings made instore and online. Wondering whether a Flight Centre credit card is the right choice for you? Let’s take a closer look at the company as a whole, to then find more about the credit card and what it has to offer in terms of features and rewards.

Flight Centre: The Company

Flight Centre New Zealand is part of Flight Centre Travel Group, an independent, Australian owned travel group. While Flight Centre Travel Group may have started out with just one shop in the early 1980s, today it is a $1.8 billion business with more than 40 brands under its umbrella.

As one of the world’s largest travel agency groups, it has company-owned operations in 14 countries and a corporate travel management network that spans more than 90 countries. It employs more than 19,000 people globally and has a total of 2800 stores around the world.

As you may have seen in their ads, Flight Centre ‘is best in the air, and everywhere’. Providing a personalised approach, Flight Centre helps customers find and book travel arrangements, offering deals on flights and coach tours, holidays and hotels, car hire and cruises, travel insurance and more. This is backed by call centre support available worldwide 24 hours a day.

The Flight Centre Foundation

As with many large companies, Flight Centre employs a corporate and social responsibility strategy, at the heart of which is The Flight Centre Foundation. Working to build a brighter future in the communities where we all work, live and travel, this Foundation supports employee fundraising efforts, while working closely with a select group of charity partners.

In terms of employee fundraising, the Foundation supports nominated charities through workplace giving and fundraising initiatives, matching all staff donations dollar-for-dollar, while also offering a paid programme for employees who want to volunteer their time to community charities.

As for charity partners, the Foundation supports key programs such as Mental Health Foundation New Zealand, Pink Shirt Day, and the Halberg Foundation. In times of natural disaster and emergency, the Foundation helps where it can with one-off appeals. In the past, these have included the Christchurch earthquake, the Vanuatu cyclone and the Nepal earthquake.

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Flight Centre Credit Cards

If you like the sound of what Flight Centre offers as a travel agent and an advocate within the community, let’s take a look at what it could offer you as a credit card provider. Flight Centre currently offers one credit card: the Flight Centre Mastercard. Designed to work as a rewards card, it also provides a number travel-related extras.

Long Term Finance Options: If you are thinking about taking a trip, but don’t have the cash or the points to pay for it, you could opt for long term finance using your Flight Centre Mastercard. While there are terms involved, this could allow you to book the travel you want now with Flight Centre, to pay it off over time. Take a look at the fees involved to understand the full cost of this option.

No International Transaction Fees: Whether you are buying online from an international retailer, or you’re travelling the world with your credit card in hand, you will pay no international transaction fees when using your Flight Centre Mastercard to make transactions in a foreign currency. If you travel regularly, this could save you heaps.

Worldwide Wi-Fi Access: With your Flight Centre Mastercard in hand, you will have access to Boingo Wi-Fi for Mastercard Cardholders. Helping you stay connected as you travel, this lets you connect to more than one million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, including New Zealand.

Interest Free Period: Like many credit cards, the Flight Centre Mastercard offers an interest free period on purchases. As long as you clear your balance by the due date each month, you could benefit from up to 44 days interest free on your purchases, helping you manage your cash flow more efficiently.

Flight Centre Rewards

Of course, as a rewards card, the Flight Centre Mastercard also allows cardholders to earn rewards. Earning rewards on the Flight Centre Rewards programme, this card allows cardholders to earn Flight Centre Rewards on their everyday card spending, with the opportunity to earn double points when using the card instore or online at Flight Centre New Zealand.

As you accumulate Flight Centre Rewards, you can redeem them automatically when you make travel arrangements at Flight Centre. Whether you’re booking flights or accommodation, whether you’re planning a once-in-a-lifetime cruise or a quick trip across the ditch, you can use your accumulated Flight Centre Rewards to cover the cost.

Want to check out the Flight Centre Mastercard in detail? Head over to the card’s page to take a closer look at its various fees and features, and to read our handy review.

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