In another flash offer, Qantas Hotels are offering 6 Qantas Points per $ on international hotels booked through the platform until 11:59pm AEDT on 25 February.
It seems that 6 Qantas Points (double points) per $ has become the new promotional rate—the last time we saw 9 points (triple points) on offer was back in 2016.
Note that this offer is only for bookings at international hotels. There was a promotion last month for Australian hotels.
Full terms and conditions of the offer are available here.
The regular rate is 3 Qantas Points per $ spent at over 200,000 partner hotels, with Qantas Business Rewards members able to earn an extra point per $ spent by including their ABN on the booking through Qantas Hotels.
The offer excludes Airbnb bookings, which still earn 1 Qantas Point per $.
At the standard earn rate of 3 points per $, with all other things like price being equal, you are earning a points kickback worth around 3-4.5% when booking through Qantas Hotels if you value Qantas Points at around 1-1.5c per point.
This is why I would still choose to book through Hotels.com and use their Hotels.com Rewards program. Hotels.com Rewards offers an effective 10% discount for every stay if you book and stay through them ten nights in a year, along with more extra credit incentives on offer every so often.
Only when Qantas Hotels are offering a substantial bonus would I choose to direct my bookings their way.
How to earn Qantas Points for hotel stays
In this guide, you’ll see there are a number of ways to how you can earn Qantas Points from hotel stays.
It’s intended as a brief overview for the uninitiated, a guide for those who didn’t realise you could also earn Qantas points from your hotel stays and want to know the basics.
Short version: there are a handful of ways you can use to earn points from your hotel stays: Qantas Hotels, Partner Hotels (domestic and international chains), and Hotel Loyalty Program partners.
Option 1: Qantas Hotels
When booking using Qantas Hotels, there are over 200,000 different hotels which you can 3 points per $ spent.
If you value your Qantas Points at around 1 to 1.5c each, then this is an effective kickback of around 3%-4.5% in points earned.
However, occasionally Qantas Hotels run bonus point promotions, which is where the points earn becomes much more appealing.
|Date||Bonus Qantas Points |
per $ offer
|February 2018 (current offer)||6||5 days||International hotels only|
|January 2018||6||3 days||Domestic hotels only|
|November 2017||6||5 days||All hotels|
|September 2017||6||3 days||All hotels|
|June 2017||6||3 days||All hotels|
|November 2016||9||3 days||All hotels|
|May 2016||9||4 days||All hotels|
|April 2016||6||6 days||Domestic hotels only|
|February 2016||12||1 day||All hotels|
|January 2016||6||-||All hotels|
|November 2015||9||-||All hotels|
|July 2015||6||-||International hotels only|
|December 2014||9||-||All hotels|
|August 2014||-||-||10,000 bonus points for bookings
over $1,000 in Asia
|January 2014||6||-||International hotels only
For Domestic bookings:
2,000 bonus Qantas Points
Qantas Hotels pricing can be different to that found at the hotel’s own website, or elsewhere online, so that needs to be considered in your research.
Qantas Hotels also have a price match policy which is worth knowing about:
If, on the same day after you book a hotel at qantas.com, you find that same identical product available to purchase on any Australian website for a lower publicly available price, we’ll match it. Claims, including a qualifying screenshot, must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on the same day that you made and paid for your booking at qantas.com. To qualify for Price Promise, the products on qantas.com and the competitor travel website must be identical in all regards, and all details must be visible on the screenshot of the competitor’s website.
Note you’ll also receive 1,000 Qantas points for every successful claim. Full terms are here.
Option 2: Qantas Partner Hotels
When booking direct with a range of partner hotels, there is again the possibility of earning Qantas Points.
Within Australia, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 3 points per $ spent at around 80 different hotels, including Best Western, Four Seasons, Swissotel, Radisson, Rydges, and Shangri-La, as well as plenty of independent hotels.
There are also 25 international hotel chains which will give you 1000 points per stay when booking directly, including Mandarin Oriental, Raffles Hotels, and Radisson Blu, and a few which offer 600 points per stay, or 1 point per USD spent.
Option 3: Hotel Loyalty Program Partners
Qantas Frequent Flyers also have the option to double dip when staying at any IHG hotel, as long as they are a IHG Rewards member as well. After joining (for free), you choose your points and mile earning style, select ‘Airline Miles’ and choose Qantas as your preferred travel partner.
Once you’ve chosen your earning preference (Airline Miles), you can earn 1000 Qantas points at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and can also convert 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points to 2000 Qantas points if you need extra points for a flight.
Other IHG group Hotel chains such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn will earn you 600 Qantas Points per stay internationally, or 3 points per $ domestically.
Hyatt and Mariott also have similar schemes, allowing reward points to be transferred to Qantas points, as long as you’ve selected your earning preference. Staying at a Hyatt hotel within Australia or New Zealand will give you 1000 points per stay, while international hotels will give you 600 points.
Mariott give members 2 Qantas points per USD on all qualifying charges at particular hotels, including JW Mariott, Mariott Hotels, and Renaissance Hotels, along with 2 Qantas Points per US $at The Ritz-Carlton, Edition, and Gaylord Hotels.
If you don’t frequently stay at one particular hotel chain, often it can be more lucrative to earn airline frequent flyer points instead.
Qantas Hotels is worth including in your price comparison research versus Hotels.com, Expedia and the like, given that all hotels booked through their platform are points-earning.
Generally, the value of points earned from hotel stays shouldn’t sway where you stay or how you book—just opt for the hotel, room and price that suits you.
Given Qantas have a wide range of hotel partners to keep an eye on if you are making a hotel booking, the key is not to miss out on points you could have earned from your stay.