Qantas replaces Aquire program with Qantas Business Rewards

Sally McMullen 1 February 2017

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Earn Qantas Points on your business flights and purchases faster with the new Qantas Business Rewards program.

Qantas has kicked off February with a revamp of its business loyalty program. Replacing the Aquire frequent flyer scheme that was launched in 2014, the Qantas Business Rewards program is designed for small to medium businesses and offers members more ways to earn and redeem Qantas Points faster.

Under the program, when an employee takes a Qantas flight, their business earns Qantas Points in addition to the points and Status Credits they’ll earn in their individual account. Plus, you’ll also earn points when you fly with partner airlines such as Emirates and American Airlines. So, for every 100 Qantas Points earned by the individual Qantas Frequent Flyer, the Business Rewards account will earn at least 20 Qantas Points.

You can also earn points on the ground on business purchases with over 40 non-airline retail partners including Vodafone, Avis, Secure Parking, GIO Business Insurance and Caltex Australia. Each offers a different earn rate and you can earn bonus points with some of the retail partners too. For example, if you spend $50,000 advertising in metro TV or $25,000 in regional TV with Seven Prime Media, you’ll receive a bonus 20,000 points.

As you earn Qantas Points, you can transfer them to individual frequent flyer accounts to redeem anything from flights for business trips to rewards for your employees. While the Aquire program required members to meet a 20,000 points threshold before they could transfer and redeem their points, the Business Rewards program allows you to redeem points as soon as you earn them. This means that your business can take advantage of your hard-earned points much faster than before.

As you and your employees collect points, you’ll have the opportunity to move up the Qantas Business Rewards tiers to access benefits including higher earn rates, flight discounts and other savings. You can compare how many points you’ll need to earn and the benefits you can expect in the table below.

LevelRequired pointsEarn rateFlight discounts
Level 1Up to 20,00020 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points your flyers earn.5% off base fare on selected airfares.
Level 220,000 - 99,99930 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points your flyers earn.7% off base fare on selected airfares.
Level 3100,000 or more40 Qantas Points for every 100 Qantas Points your flyers earn.8% off base fare on selected airfares and 2% savings off base fare on a selection of Red e-Deals.

If your employer has reached any of the tiers, you can also look forward to a 10% off Qantas Club membership on top of your usual frequent flyer benefits.

While the program is designed to suit small to medium sized firms, the Qantas Business Rewards offers benefits for large businesses too. Large corporations are likely to have corporate accounts with Qantas that offer ways to take advantage of flight discounts, but the Business Rewards program could be a great way to earn frequent flyer points which you can use to reward employees. Not only will you get more value for your money, but it can also work as an incentive to help raise morale in your team.

If you were already one of the 125,000 existing Aquire members, you’ll find that all of your points will have automatically moved to your new Qantas Business Rewards account today.

If you didn’t already belong to the Aquire program, anyone with an ABN can sign up to the Qantas Business Rewards program for free until February 28 2017. If you sign up from March onwards, you’ll pay a one-off fee of $89.50 to join.

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