In a move that hasn’t impressed hotel chains, Qantas has announced a rewarding partnership with Airbnb, whereby members can earn 1 Qantas Point for every A$1 spent on an Airbnb booking. That’s on any of Airbnb’s 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said it was a natural fit for two global brands with a track record of wanting customers to feel at home when they travel as well as using technology to create great experiences for their customers.
“The way that people around the world plan, book and experience travel is changing rapidly with the digital revolution,” Mr Joyce said.
“We know many of our customers are just as likely to arrange an Airbnb as they are to book a hotel, and we wanted to recognise and reward them for that.
“From creating Business class in the 1970s to introducing mobile technology to transform the check-in process in recent years, Qantas has always looked for ways to reinvent airline travel – just like Airbnb has done for accommodation. We’re really excited about the potential for this partnership.”
Airbnb CEO and co-founder Brian Chesky said the number one reason people travel on Airbnb is because they want to feel like they truly live in their destination, even if it’s just for a night.
“Our announcement today with Qantas highlights the rapidly growing movement towards the personalised and unique experiences available through the Airbnb community,” Mr Chesky said.
Velocity rewards for buying
If you’d rather buy your own home than rent someone else’s, there are still rewards up for grabs, with Virgin Money recently announcing that it is doubling the Velocity Frequent Flyer points on new home loans settled by the end of February 2017.
Virgin Money, which is owned by Bank of Qld (BOQ), launched its Reward Me home Loans in May 2016 as the only home loans in the market to offer Velocity points on settlement, each month and on regular anniversaries.