This Indian rideshare app Ola is an alternative to Uber and has been aggressively marketing to the Australian public. Now, it’s teamed up with Velocity Frequent Flyer.
New Ola-Velocity partnership
Under this new partnership, you can earn the following:
- 2 Velocity Points per $ spent on eligible rides to and from selected airports (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Canberra, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch)
- 1 point per $ spent on all other Ola rides
- 1,000 bonus points on your first ride if you’re new to Ola and ride before 30 August 2019
- 50% off your rides (maximum $10 savings per ride) in the first two weeks from when you sign up
- Flat $25 fee for rides 20km or under to/from the airport using promo codes OLADROP on the way to the airport and OLAPICK on the way home
Points are credited within 14 days of making payment for your ride.
How to link your Ola and Velocity accounts
- Download the Ola app
- Go to top left-hand corner
- Click on your name
- Enter your Velocity Frequent Flyer membership number
Is this a good deal?
I’m a fan of Ola as I’ve found that they tend to offer lower rates than Uber. You can also pick up generous discount codes every now or then by keeping your ears out on social media and blogs like this one.
The fact that you can earn Velocity Points on all Ola rides (and double points to/from the airport), compared to Qantas’ partnership with Uber in which you only earn points to/from the airport, makes this a winner.
In this guide
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 service||Frequent flyer program||Earn rate||Points earn on an AU$25 ride||Important notes|
|Ola||Velocity Frequent Flyer||1 point per AUD spent on all rides except to/from airport|
2 points per AUD spent on airport rides
|ingogo||Qantas Frequent Flyer||1 point per AUD spent||25|
|Uber||Qantas Frequent Flyer||1-3 points per AUD spent (depending on Qantas status)||25-75||Only to/from selected Australian airports|
|Blacklane||Various*||2 points per USD/EUR/GBP spent||29-36 (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.
ingogo offers 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point per AUD spent, with a fixed-rate model.
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
There are currently five types of Uber services you can request in Australia—you can read about the differences here.
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1/2/3 Qantas Points (Bronze/Silver/Gold and above) per AUD spent on Uber rides to and from selected Australian airports.
Blacklane is a luxury airport transfer, point-to-point and hourly (think weddings or parties) car service.
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.
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 double 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)?