Shop to TAKE OFF
Emma Clifton has a new strategy to help her join the jetset – the secret is an American Express Airpoints Card
It’s that time of year, where everyone I know is going on holiday and – as much as I love my job – I want one too, please. Trouble is, the old savings account has seen better days and the travel fund is looking surprisingly lacklustre. However, like a fairy godmother
(but for the modern girl who would pick paradise over Prince Charming) the American Express Airpoints Platinum Card helps you accumulate Airpoints Dollars™. Yep, even when you’re doing fun shopping – clothes and shoes! – or glum shopping – bills and groceries – you’re getting closer to your next holiday. My friend is opening a gallery in Melbourne later this year and I’m hoping to nip across to see her, so let’s see how close I can get with a week’s worth of spending.
I live with a tall man and a small dog, and we’re doing our best to cook all of our main meals rather than relying on takeaways. So we do one big shop a week to get organised! Total spend: $210
Airpoints Dollars earned: 3.5
I take the train to work, because I’m environmentally conscious/cannot bear an hour in gridlocked traffic.
I top up my Hop card every fortnight and there’s a tiny thrill in knowing that my necessary transport fees are getting me a step closer to my plane fare (fun transport fees). Total spend: $120
Airpoints Dollars earned: 2
We have a work event coming up – an incredibe evening where we get to meet some of New Zealand’s most inspiring women. I don’t live a cocktail dress lifestyle – I live on a farm – so I buy a little black dress I can imagine doing double duty at the gallery opening! Total spend: $350
Airpoints Dollars earned: 5.9
Late night shopping in the CBD is a hazard; on the way to the train station I accidentally stop into Peter Alexander and accidentally purchase a pair of floral pyjamas for spring.
Total spend: $160 (look, they are very nice pyjamas!) Airpoints Dollars earned: 2.7
My sweet car needs four new wheels, because a) it’s rather old and b) I don’t treat it as well as I perhaps should. I grit my teeth, swipe my card, and imagine how I’ll feel when I’m getting on that plane to Melbourne. Total spend: $800
Airpoints Dollars earned: 13.5
Tonight I’m off to visit a friend who recently moved up north, and the car needs to be filled up. I head to the local Z station where I can double dip by using my AMEX and scanning my Airpoints card.
Total spend: $105
Airpoints Dollars earned: 2.2