Qantas Frequent Flyer members can pick up an extra 1,000 Qantas Points when booking a hotel through Qantas Hotels by 5pm AEST on 31 August for stays right up until 31 December 2018.
There is no minimum stay or purchase requirement.
The regular earn 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 $.
Business owners can stack this offer with a Qantas Business Rewards promo. If you have never booked through Qantas Hotels, you will also earn 5,000 bonus points for your business when you book with Qantas Hotels for the first time by 30 September and stay by 30 November 2018. Note that the dates for these promos are different but slightly overlap. For this second promotion, you will need to spend at least $500 on your hotel stay.
Given we value Qantas Points at 2c a piece, stacking both of these promotions on a $500 hotel stay would earn you 8,000 Qantas Points, worth $160—that is a healthy kickback.
Terms and conditions for both promos are here.
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 at 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
|May 2018||9||6 days||All hotels|
|February 2018||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, you can earn 1,000 Qantas points at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts overseas.
The InterContinental New York Barclay
Other IHG chains such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn will earn you 600 Qantas Points per stay internationally, or 3 points per $ domestically.
You can also convert 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points to 2,000 Qantas Points if you need extra points for a redemption.
Hyatt and Mariott also have similar schemes, allowing reward points to be transferred to Qantas points, as long as you have selected your earning preference. Staying at a Hyatt hotel within Australia or New Zealand will give you 1,000 points per stay, while international hotels will give you 600 points.
View from the Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Mariott Rewards gives members 1-2 Qantas points per USD spent on qualifying charges at particular hotels.
You can also earn 1 Qantas Point per USD spent at Hilton properties but Velocity offers double that.
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.