Did you know that your business could earn extra points when you and your employees fly through the Qantas Business Rewards program? And that any business points you earn can be transferred freely to any Qantas Frequent Flyer?
In this guide, we take a look at how Qantas Business Rewards works for SMEs. We’ll also cover how you can reward both yourself and your employees with bonus Qantas Points.
Our latest updates reflect Qantas’ March 2022 program changes. For business owners, these amendments mean better discounts and an easier path to unlock them.
Who is Qantas Business Rewards for?
Qantas Business Rewards is open to any business entity with an ABN that’s registered for GST. This covers those operating as a sole trader through to businesses with multiple employees. Larger ACN entities are not eligible.
The program usually has a one-off $89.50 fee to join, but there are often codes or promotions to waive this.
It’s important to note that the membership (and the points earned) belong to your business, not to you personally – but you can later choose who to transfer the points to, including yourself.
Points can be earned primarily from flying with Qantas – by adding your ABN into the booking on qantas.com – or with the program’s 50+ partners.
Members can also get discounts on some revenue Qantas fares. These can be accessed either by booking through the Qantas Business Rewards website, or the standard Qantas website when your personal and business accounts are linked.
Looking to earn points for your business? Why not take advantage of the offers?
Continue reading for more information about the Qantas Business Rewards program. You can also watch this brief video.
What are the Qantas Business Rewards membership tiers and benefits?
Qantas Business Rewards has membership tiers: similar to status with a frequent flyer program. But rather than being based on status credits, members progress through those tiers by earning points on Qantas flights.
Known simply as Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, the benefits and savings get higher as your level increases.
Level 1: Qantas Business Rewards
This is where you will be when you first join. At this level, you’ll get:
- 20 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points your travellers receive on flights.
- A 6% discount on flight bookings (other than Discount Economy and Discount Business).
- Save 20% on Qantas Club memberships.
- Your travellers earn a ‘Flyer Bonus’ of 250 Qantas Points every time they fly for work.
Level 2: Qantas Business Rewards
This is the mid-level tier in the program. You’ll move up once your business has earned 15,000 Qantas Points from flying within a membership year. This provides:
- 30 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points earned by your travellers on flights for the business.
- Discounts of up to 8% on eligible flight bookings.
- From March 2022, save up to 3% on domestic Red eDeals.
- Save 30% on Qantas Club memberships.
As with Level 1, travellers who fly for a Level 2 business will continue earning 250 bonus Qantas Points per flight.
Level 3: Qantas Business Rewards
The top tier in the program is yours by earning more than 80,000 Qantas Points from your business’ flights in a membership year. Here’s what you’ll get as a reward:
- Earn 40 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points your travellers earn from company flights.
- Save up to 10% on eligible flight bookings.
- On domestic Red eDeals, save up to 5%.
- Nominate one person per membership year for a fast-track to Qantas Gold status.
Of course, Level 3 members get the other benefits of Level 2. This includes a 30% discount on Qantas Club memberships, and the ‘250 points per flight’ bonus for travellers.
It’s fair to say that if your business books enough travel to hit Level 3, you could gain a lot of advantages.
Just note that earning and transferring Qantas Points from the Qantas Business Rewards program won’t count towards the points required for Points Club and Points Club Plus status.
How can I earn points with Qantas Business Rewards?
Qantas has a whole gamut of ways to earn points. Whether you’re flying, staying at hotels, or even purchasing partner products or services, earning rewards is an easy task. Avis, BP, Budget, Dell and NRMA are among the program’s many partners – see the full list here.
We’ll explore many of the different ways to earn Qantas Points as a Business Rewards member.
Earning points by flying
The primary way to earn points is by flying and having your ABN entered in the booking when you book directly through the Qantas website. Your business must be registered for GST in order to earn Qantas Points in the Business Rewards program from flying.
Qantas Business Rewards effectively lets you stack your rewards by double-dipping with Qantas Frequent Flyer.
The person flying with your ABN attached (you, a business partner or an employee, for example) will earn Qantas Points into their personal Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Your business will also earn a percentage of those points into your Business Rewards account.
Your business will earn 20, 30, or 40 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points that the eligible passenger would earn for themselves while travelling for business. Just note, points earned for the business are based on what a Bronze member would earn, even if the traveller belongs to a higher tier.
Earning points through accommodation
In addition to the regular rate of three Qantas Points per $1 spent when booking at over 200,000 partner hotels through Qantas Hotels, Qantas Business Rewards members are able to earn an extra point per $1 spent by including their ABN on the booking. This excludes Airbnb bookings.
However, booking through Qantas Hotels can be a trade-off. As a third-party reservation, you generally won’t qualify for points and benefits in a hotel’s own loyalty program, so you can’t double-dip.
Earning points through car hire and fuel
When you need to hit the road for business, there are great deals with Avis and Budget. Both companies offer four Qantas Business Rewards points per $1 spent, on top of the usual four Qantas Points earned per $1 as a frequent flyer member.
Earning points with Qantas Business Rewards partners
Qantas Business Rewards has a wide range of partners, ranging from business services to logistics, marketing and office supplies.
Some of these partners might let you earn Qantas Points into a personal account instead. But, if you have access to Qantas Business Rewards (and all else is equal with the product and price, etc.) then you should do so.
That’s because the points are more flexible. They can be transferred to either your own Qantas Frequent Flyer account or to any of your employees or business associates who you have registered. If they were instead credited straight to your personal frequent flyer account, you would only be able to transfer them to family members.
The Qantas Business Rewards program makes it simple for your business (and, by extension, you and your employees/associates) to earn Qantas Points, particularly for small and medium enterprises.
You can earn more points for your business and even discounts on Qantas fares – both of which will improve as you progress through the membership levels. Business Rewards points can be converted to Qantas Points for you or other eligible employees.
Be sure to check out current offers to boost your Qantas Business Rewards balance – and then you can use your Qantas Points on one of these great-value redemptions.
Additional reporting by Chris Chamberlin.