BP, Qantas launch new points-for-petrol rewards scheme

The petrol giant's new BP Rewards program will see Qantas replace Virgin Australia as its airline points partner.

By David Flynn, September 4 2019

Get set to earn more Qantas Points at the petrol pump with the launch of BP Australia's own rewards program, which will see the Velocity scheme of current BP partner Virgin Australia ditched in favour of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

Under the newly-minted BP Rewards loyalty program, which will be rolled out in early 2020, customers will be able to earn Qantas Points when buying petrol, drinks or snacks at one of 1,400 BP service stations around Australia.

In addition, BP Plus fuel cards "will become the exclusive fuel partner" of the Qantas Business Rewards program.

This will see an end to the long-standing relationship between BP and Virgin Australia, which launched with a flourish in April 2015, although Velocity points can still be earned under the existing BP partnership until the launch of BP Rewards.

Introducing BP Rewards

The petrol company's BP Rewards scheme is similar to the BPme Rewards program already running in the UK and USA, but "tailored for the Australian market."

BP customers will earn BP Rewards Points for every litre of fuel they buy and every additional dollar they spend at a BP service station. While Australian earning rates have yet to be revealed, UK rates are set at one BP Reward Point per litre of Regular fuel and two BP Reward Points per litre of Ultimate fuel, plus one BP Reward Point for every additional £1 spent on goods at the outlet.

The Australian scheme will let customers choose to either earn BP Rewards points, which can be applied as a cash discount at BP outlets, or to earn Qantas Points directly.

Again, as a reference point, the 'exchange rate' in BP's UK scheme sees 200 points redeemed as £1.

“We know that access to rewards is an important driver when it comes to consumer choice," said Brooke Miller, BP Australia's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "Our research shows a significant portion of customers choose a service station based on rewards alone."

The BP alliance is another feather in the cap of Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth and a boon for the program's almost 13-million members.

“Drivers spend thousands of dollars on fuel each year, our partnership with BP is an easy way for frequent flyers to earn points and get closer to their dream trip."

Qantas frequent flyer members will continue to earn points at Caltex service stations via the Woolworths Everyday Rewards program.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

paulf

paulf

16 Sep 2017

Total posts 5

Nooooooo!!!! Oh well, at least there are Flybuys to (indirectly) pick up Velocity points at Shell.

xtfer

xtfer

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

14 Mar 2017

Total posts 123

The points god giveth, the points god taketh away.

BLAMEX

BLAMEX

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2017

Total posts 58

Yet another partner VA has lost. Well done QF! This along with the announcement of David Jones Food Hall being at selected BP is a smart move by all three (QF BP and David Jones) VA has some serious work to do to regain the high value customers. This announcement along with all the other partners that have left VA is making VA Velocity a Budget airline program.

bagpuss

bagpuss

18 Jan 2017

Total posts 21

You are aware that Velocity is profitable?

BJVincent

BJVincent

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2016

Total posts 19

Great news. Well done QANTAS!

Cagie

Cagie

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

11 Dec 2014

Total posts 3

Let's hope I can use my BP fuel card and earn points. Sadly under the current scheme I'm not able to earn VA points when using a BP fuel card. This fuel card I pay for through salary sacrifice

Monarch

Monarch

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jan 2012

Total posts 4

Cagie, perhaps you need to change fuel cards. I've been using a Shell Card for almost five years at Coles Express to earn Flybuys which have been converted to Velocity. I've recently replaced the Shell Card with Motorpass and am continuing to earn Flybuys which I could convert to Velocity.

rambo

rambo

23 Oct 2017

Total posts 2

"Qantas frequent flyer members will continue to earn points at Caltex service stations via the Woolworths Everyday Rewards program"


Except of course, if you happen to live in Tasmania where the Woolworth's program doesn't operate.

cgm

cgm

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Jun 2018

Total posts 9

In my location . . . BP $1.47/L SHELL $1.39/L. Sorry BP but a few FF points doesn't go anywhere near bridging that price gap.

Hsaini

Hsaini

28 Aug 2019

Total posts 1

While vff points was great, BP generally is priced higher than Shell to get flybuy points


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