A guide to earning frequent flyer points with Airbnb

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Easy
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: August 22, 2017
UPDATED: November 16, 2018
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

Most travellers are familiar with the accommodation service Airbnb, which offers the option to bypass traditional lodging options like hotels for a more ‘local’ experience staying in an apartment or house (or treehouse).

What a lot of people don’t know is that just by clicking through a dedicated link, you can earn frequent flyer points on every dollar spent on Airbnb stays.

Airbnb doesn’t have its own dedicated loyalty program but instead has generally chosen to team up with other partners to offer loyalty perks.


Current offer 1: earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 AUD spent on Airbnb bookings made by 27 August

Qantas and Airbnb have a promotion running whereby you earn triple the amount of Qantas Points that you usually would on Airbnb stays – however, since originally publishing this we’ve heard that the offer is only available to members who received the email from Qantas, so check your inboxes before going ahead.

If you are eligible, you can make as many bookings as you want up until 31 July 2018 but you have to make them by 11:59pm AEDT on 27 August 2017.

Do note that as you will not earn the points until up to 16 weeks after your stay, there is no loophole to make a booking, get the points and then cancel the booking.

Link: Qantas Airbnb portal

Current offer 2: earn 3 SkyMiles per $1 USD spent on Airbnb bookings until 31 October

If you miss out on the Qantas promotion and/or have a reason to accrue Delta SkyMiles (which can be used for travel on Virgin Australia as well as SkyTeam partners such as Korean Air, Air France and KLM), then you may want to direct your focus to this option.

It is valid for bookings made by 31 October 2017 for stays up to a year after that (31 October 2018).

Link: Delta SkyMiles Airbnb portal


How to earn Qantas Points with Airbnb stays

The regular earn rate doesn’t compare well when looking at the base return for booking via Qantas Hotels, which starts at 3 Qantas Points per $ and is often increased during promotional periods.

However, this isn’t comparing apples to apples. Airbnb is a totally different product and experience to booking a hotel, and you usually would know which you’d prefer to get the most from your travels.

  1. Start your Airbnb accommodation search and booking via the Qantas.com Airbnb portal, ensuring you are logged in with your frequent flyer number or log in when prompted
  2. You’ll pick up 1 Qantas Point per AUD spent on the final value of the guest fees of your booking after credits or discounts
  3. The points will be credited to your account up to eight weeks after your stay
  4. You won’t earn points on cancelled bookings
  5. The name on the booking must match the name on your Qantas Frequent Flyer account
  6. If booking an overseas property where the price is not quoted in AUD, then the points earned will be calculated on an AUD exchange rate used by Airbnb

Given you are booking directly with Airbnb after clicking through from Qantas, you should find that pricing is the same. If you find this is not the case, please let us know in the comments.

Here are the full terms and conditions for earning Qantas Points via Airbnb.

Airbnb is an alternative to hotels for sure but, generally, you can decide whether the benefits and trade-offs of staying in an Airbnb are suitable, and would usually be more of a sway to your decision than whether you can earn points or not.

Link: Qantas Airbnb portal


Other options for earning points and credits with Airbnb

1. Pick up $40 with your first stay or $100 for your first ‘hosting’ with our referral link

Airbnb offers a referral program where existing users can refer new users and both earn credit, giving you $40 AUD credit with your first booking.

Similarly, if you decide to rent out a room or apartment as a host, you can pick up $100 for using our link too.

If you’re already an Airbnb user, you can create and share your own referral links.

Link: Point Hacks Airbnb referral

2. Earn Qantas Points

The regular earn rate for Airbnb stays booked through this portal is 1 point per $1 AUD.

Link: Qantas Airbnb portal

3. Earn Delta SkyMiles

SkyMiles Offer 1 (for using Airbnb as a guest for first time): Earn 2,000 points + a $25 USD credit

If you make a booking within 60 days of becoming an Airbnb member, you will get $25 USD off that first booking and between 500 and 2,000 bonus SkyMiles.

Elevate Offer 2 (ongoing): Earn 1 point per $1 USD spent on Airbnb

The regular earn rate for Airbnb stays booked through this portal is 1 point per $1 USD.

Link: Delta SkyMiles Airbnb portal

4. Earn United MileagePlus miles

This process is the most convoluted of all, collecting 0.5-2 United MileagePlus miles per $1 USD spent on Airbnb gift cards (this earn rate changes periodically).

Do note that this online store regularly changes which retailers it partners with, so this option may not always be available.

MileagePlus offers good-value First and Business Class redemptions to Asia on Star Alliance carriers.

Here are the steps:

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  • Click on Airbnb:

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  • Buy an Airbnb gift card to use for your Airbnb purchase. Note that the gift card will be in US Dollars, so you may want to do your search on the Airbnb website or app in USD too so you can get the exact amount right.

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Supplementary images courtesy Airbnb and respective frequent flyer programs.

A guide to earning frequent flyer points with Airbnb was last modified: November 16th, 2018 by Matt Moffitt