In a new partnership recently announced, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now earn Qantas frequent flyer points when using Airbnb for their accommodation. On Tuesday, October 4th, Qantas and Airbnb announced the joint pact that allows 11.4 million Qantas Frequent Flyer members to earn one point for every dollar spent with Airbnb. According to Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, many Qantas customers are just as likely to use Airbnb as a hotel, and the company wants to recognize and reward them for that.
Currently, members can't go directly to Airbnb's site to earn points toward their Qantas Frequent Flyer program account. To earn points on Airbnb stays, members must go to qantas.com/stay and input their details so they can be redirected to Airbnb Australia's site, where they can book any Airbnb listing across 191 countries in the world. Do remember to input your Frequent Flyer details while you're at it.
While Qantas has plenty of partnerships with hotels and accommodation providers, this partnership shows that the digital revolution is changing the way people travel. For those who haven't realized, there are many travelers who prefer to feel right at home even if they're physically away from home, and Airbnb's the obvious choice for this group of travelers.
Last year, Airbnb signed a similar partnership with Virgin America, and the program has enjoyed plenty of success. Virgin America Elevate users get to earn one Elevate Point for every dollar spent on an Airbnb booking, and new members are treated to 1,500 bonus points, along with a $20 Airbnb credit. Whats more, to entice people to host, Elevate members earn 20,000 Elevate Points after they complete their fifth night of hosting.
On their part, hotel operators aren't happy about the deal and have called the decision a "slap in the face". The concern, according to hotel operators, is that Airbnb is not bound by the same amenity and safety regulations that traditional properties must abide by. While there are some legitimate concerns, it's hard to argue with the success of Airbnb.
Whether you're looking to rent a private room, a penthouse, a treehouse or a large, countryside home, Airbnb has 2.5 million listings in 191 countries. According to Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky, Airbnb has a distinct advantage over hotels because travelers can truly feel like they live in their destination, even if the stay is only for one night.
To celebrate the new agreement, Airbnb and Qantas are offering residents of Australia the chance to win four round-trip adult Business class tickets to San Francisco from Australia on Qantas. The prize consists of Qantas International First Lounge access in Sydney, an Airbnb voucher with a value of $4,000 to use for five nights' accommodation in San Francisco, return transfers to and from the San Francisco airport and $4,000 spending money loaded onto a Qantas Cash card.
To have a chance at winning the prize, Qantas Frequent Flyer members simply need to book on Airbnb via Qantas.com in the month of October. Note that this contest closes at 11:59 p.m. on 31 October 2016.