BP Rewards: Earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points with your petrol
Here's everything we know so far about BP's new customer loyalty scheme.
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On 4 September 2019, Australia's largest airline Qantas and service station giant BP announced a new loyalty partnership. The BP Rewards loyalty scheme will let you earn Qantas Frequent Flyer Points whenever you buy fuel or make eligible purchases at BP service stations.
BP Rewards will also be integrated with Qantas Business Rewards, the Qantas scheme that offers frequent flyer rewards to business owners through the BP Plus fuel card. That will mean that the Caltex StarCard will stop being an option for earning through Qantas Business Rewards.
BP Rewards was originally due to launch in February 2020, according to Qantas and BP. The partnership needs to be approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The ACCC gave provisional approval in November 2019, and granted authorisation in February 2020. That authorisation comes into force on 20 March 2020. That's likely to be the scheme's launch date, but a Qantas spokesperson told Finder in February 2020 that the launch date was not being announced yet.
"We know that access to rewards is an important driver when it comes to consumer choice," BP VP for marketing Brooke Miller said in a statement announcing the deal. "Our research shows a significant portion of customers choose a service station based on rewards alone, and we look forward to giving customers even more reasons to pull into a BP site to refuel and refresh."
"Earning Qantas Points on everyday expenses is a real drawcard for our members and helps them maximise the value they get from our program," Qantas Loyalty head Olivia Wirth added.
How can I earn Qantas Points for my fuel purchases?
While the alliance is good news for Qantas frequent flyers, it is already possible to earn Qantas Points when buying petrol with either of these approaches:
- You can purchase fuel at Caltex Woolworths outlets to earn Everyday Rewards points, which you can then convert into Qantas Points. Learn more in our detailed guide.
- You can use a credit card that earns Qantas Points to pay for petrol. This means you'll be able to earn points no matter which fuel outlet you buy from.
How many Qantas Points can I earn at BP?
Details of how many points will be earned whenever you buy fuel haven't yet been revealed. We'll update this guide as more information becomes available. It seems safe to assume that not all purchases at BP will be eligible for points. In particular, it seems a safe assumption that purchases of cigarettes or tobacco won't qualify.
What happens to the Virgin/BP partnership?
BP had previously partnered with Virgin Australia and offered the ability to earn Velocity Points through fuel purchases. That will end when the Qantas partnership launches. A final date hasn't been set, but we'll update this guide when we know more.
THE POINTS FINDER TAKEThe average Australian household spends $71.50 a week on petrol, so being able to earn points on fuel is always welcome. Just how good this deal is will depend on the earn rate, so we're keen to see what gets announced.
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