This guide crunches the numbers on earn rates for Ola, ingogo, Uber and Blacklane, and provides advice on which one you should direct your business to in order to rack up the most value in frequent flyer points.

First: the numbers

Car serviceFrequent flyer programEarn ratePoints earn on an AU$25 rideImportant notes
OlaVelocity Frequent Flyer1 point per AUD spent on all rides except to/from airport
2 points per AUD spent on airport rides
25-100Bonus on airport rides for Velocity elite status members
ingogoQantas Frequent Flyer1 point per AUD spent25
UberQantas Frequent Flyer1 point per AUD spent25Only to/from selected Australian airports; elite Qantas members can earn bonus only until 12 December 2019
BlacklaneVarious*2 points per USD/EUR/GBP spent29-36 (depends on currency conversion)

You can see here that it is hard to compare simple earn rates when there are different frequent flyer programs and currencies at play. And that’s not to mention that the services provided by each business varies.

Services provided

Ola

Ola offers 1 Velocity Point per AUD spent on most rides. However, if you’re travelling to the airport, you’ll earn more.

Ola official

Bronze members earn 2 Velocity Points per $ spent on airport rides. Silver/Gold/Platinum members earn 3/3.5/4 points per $ spent on airport rides.

More information: our guide to the Ola-Velocity Frequent Flyer partnership

ingogo

ingogo offers 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point per AUD spent, with a fixed-rate model.

ingogo-qantas | Point Hacks

This means that ingogo may be a good choice for peak periods with a lot of traffic.

More information: our guide to the ingogo-Qantas Frequent Flyer partnership

Uber

There are currently five types of Uber services you can request in Australia—you can read about the differences here.

Uber App Splash Screen | Point Hacks

Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1 point per AUD spent on Uber rides to and from selected Australian airports. Elite status holders earn a bonus but only until 12 December 2019.

Uber is launching its own loyalty program in early 2020.

More information: our guide to earning Qantas Points with Uber, our guide to Uber Rewards and our guide to using Uber at Australian airports

Blacklane

Blacklane is a luxury airport transfer, point-to-point and hourly (think weddings or parties) car service.

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It has three categories:

  • Business Class: equivalent to UberBLACK
  • Business Van/SUV: equivalent to UberSUV
  • First Class: equivalent to UberLUXE

Currently, there are a number of frequent flyer earn options, including 2 points per USD/EUR/GBP spent with:

  • Cathay Pacific Asia Miles
  • Lufthansa Miles & More
  • Malaysia Airlines Enrich
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • THAI Royal Orchid Plus

Often, there will be double or triple points promotions offered for specific programs, so click on their logos on this page.

Summing up

Things change so quickly! We didn’t even have rideshare services in Australia until a few years ago, and the fact that frequent flyer programs keep coming onboard so you can earn points is great news.

Velocity offers an easy-to-understand partnership with Ola. You’ll enjoy a solid earn rate of 1 Velocity Points per dollar spent, with more points on airport rides.

For Qantas aficionados, ingogo offers a simple earn rate of 1 Qantas Point per dollar spent. If you are heading to/from an airport and hold Qantas Silver status or above, you’ll earn more with Uber.

For premium services, you can choose between Uber (only to/from airports) for Qantas, and Blacklane for Asia Miles or KrisFlyer earn.

With any option, you’ll be earning points with a service you were going to use anyway, so you can count that as a win.

How do you maximise your points earn on rideshare services in Australia (and overseas)?

A comparison guide for earning points with rideshare and car booking services was last modified: February 7th, 2020 by Matt Moffitt