Earn double Qantas Points on hotel bookings made by Thursday night

How to earn bonus Qantas Points on hotel stays

GUIDE: Earning Points
DIFFICULTY: Intermediate
TIME TO READ: 4 minutes
POSTED: November 28, 2017
UPDATED: November 28, 2017
LOYALTY PROGRAMS: Qantas Frequent Flyer

In another flash offer, Qantas Hotels are offering 6 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels booked through the platform until 11:59pm AEST on 30 November.

6 Qantas Points per $ is a lower bonus compared to others that they have run, but if you were planning on making a booking anyway then you might as well consider doing it during this bonus period.

The regular rate is 3 Qantas Points per $ spent at over 200,000 partner hotels.

The offer excludes airbnb bookings, which still earn at 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.

In the past these have included:

DateBonus Qantas Points
per $ offer
DurationNotes
November 2017 (current offer)65 daysAll hotels
September 201763 daysAll hotels
June 201763 daysAll hotels
November 201693 daysAll hotels
May 20169 4 daysAll hotels
April 201666 daysDomestic hotels
February 2016121 dayAll hotels
January 20166-All hotels
November 20159-All hotels
July 20156-International hotels
December 20149-All hotels
August 2014--10,000 bonus points for bookings
over $1,000 in Asia
January 20146-International hotels

For Domestic bookings:
2,000 bonus Qantas Points
Average7.5

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 Hilton hotel, as long as they are a Hilton Honors member as well. After joining (for free), you choose your points and mile earning style, select ‘Airline Miles’ or ‘Variable Miles’ and choose Qantas as your preferred travel partner. This will allow you to earn 1 Qantas point per USD spent, plus 10 HHonors Base Points when you stay at any Hilton hotel.

InterContinental Hotels Group are similar – 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.

InterContinental New York Barclay - Executive Room Review

The InterContinental New York Barclay

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.

Grand Suite King View - Grand Hyatt Melbourne

View from the Grand Hyatt Melbourne

Mariott give members 2 Qantas points per US $ 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.

Summing up

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.

Earn double Qantas Points on hotel bookings made by Thursday night was last modified: November 28th, 2017 by Keith