Australian motorists will soon be able to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points at BP service stations due to a new partnership between Qantas and BP, replacing the former alliance between BP and Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme.
Here's what we know so far about the scheme – we'll update this article as more information comes to hand.
When will the Qantas BP partnership launch?
The Qantas-BP partnership is rolling out in two stages across February and March 2020.
The first component – a tie-up between the Qantas Business Rewards scheme and the BP Plus fuel card – is aimed at corporate fleets, and went live on February 1.
But for most motorists and Qantas frequent flyer members, it's all about the launch of the broader Qantas-BP partnership which will let any QFF member earn points at the petrol pump. Executive Traveller understands this is slated to kick off in the week commencing March 16, and will be tied to the debut of BP's own BP Rewards loyalty program.
In turn, the Qantas-BP alliance is also expected to fuel (no pun intended) interest in the Qantas Points Club, which will be geared towards Qantas Frequent Flyer members who earn their points via shopping rather than flying.
"Drivers spend thousands of dollars on fuel each year", says Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth, "and our partnership with BP is an easy way for frequent flyers to earn points and get closer to their dream trip."
How many Qantas Points can I earn at BP?
At the time of writing, only the earn rate for the business side of the Qantas-BP partnership (Qantas Business Rewards and BP Plus fuel card) are known, and these are:
- 1 Qantas Point per litre of BP Ultimate 98 Motor Fuel
- 1 Qantas Point per two litres of 91, 95, Diesel, Ultimate Diesel or LPG
- 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products
These may or may not be the same earning rates as we'll see in the broader Qantas Frequent Flyer/BP partnership when that rolls out in mid-March.
What is BP Rewards?
BP Rewards is BP's new Australian loyalty program. It will be similar to the BPme Rewards program already running in the UK and USA, but has reportedly been “tailored for the Australian market.”
Customers will earn BP Points for every litre of fuel they buy and every additional dollar they spend at a BP service station, either by scanning a digital membership card in the BPme smartphone app or picking up a physical card in-store.
While the scheme’s Australian earning rates have yet to be revealed, the BPme Rewards rates in the UK offer an example: motorists earn one BP Point per litre of Regular fuel and two BP Points per litre of Ultimate fuel, plus one BP Reward Point for every additional £1 spent on goods at the outlet.
Those BP Points can later be applied as a cash discount at BP outlets: again, as a reference point, the 'exchange rate' in BP's UK program sees 200 BP Points redeemed as £1.
Earning Qantas Points at a BP petrol station
Qantas Frequent Flyer members will be able to choose between earning Qantas Points or BP Points when buying petrol, drinks or snacks at one of 1,400 BP service stations around Australia.
BP says this will be a 'direct earn' model, with the Qantas Points being lodged directly into your Qantas Frequent Flyer account instead of initially earning BP Points and then having to convert them to Qantas Points.