Airbnb now lets you earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points

Angus Kidman 4 October 2016 NEWS


Earn 1 point per dollar you spend on any Airbnb booking.

Home sharing service Airbnb has launched its first ever airline frequent flyer partnership with Qantas, meaning you can boost your points total any time you make a booking for accommodation through Airbnb.

You'll earn one point for every dollar you spend, which is a relatively generous rate. If you book using a Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card, you can also earn additional points for your spend. Airbnb offers accommodation in 2.5 million homes around the world in 191 countries, ranging from basic bedsits through to over-the-top chalets.

To earn the points, you'll need to begin your search from Qantas' Airbnb search portal and enter your frequent flyer details. Bookings made directly with Airbnb without logging in won't qualify. You'll also need to make sure the name on your Airbnb booking matches the name on your Qantas membership; there's no option to split points between different members.

Bookings will be credited to your account within eight weeks, according to Qantas. If you book in an overseas currency, it will be converted to Australian dollars based on the exchange rate at the end of the month following your stay before the points value is calculated. (That delay helps explain the eight-week delay; the value of a stay in the first week of the month won't be known until the end of the following month.)

Qantas' latest partnership adds to the range of non-flight options for earning points, which recently saw supermarket giant Woolworths return to the fold. Airbnb has grown rapidly in popularity, with some people even using the service to fund investment properties.

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