Qantas to kick off 'points for petrol' partnership with BP on Feb 1

Earn between 0.5 and 1 Qantas Point per litre of fuel in the first stage of the Qantas/BP alliance.

By David Flynn, January 28 2020
Qantas to kick off 'points for petrol' partnership with BP on Feb 1

Qantas and BP will launch the first stage of their new 'points for petrol' partnership on February 1 2020, opening up a rewarding new avenue for frequent flyers who are also frequent drivers.

The Qantas/BP partnership will roll out in two parts, Executive Traveller understands, with Phase 1 being this weekend's debut of a tie-up between the Qantas Business Rewards scheme and the BP Plus fuel card, which is aimed at corporate fleets.

For now, businesses who have signed up to Qantas Business Rewards and keep a BP Plus fuel card in the glovebox will be able to earn at the following rates

  • 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 are not necessarily the same earning rates as we'll see in the Qantas Frequent Flyer/BP partnership, which will launch alongside the petrol giant's own BP Rewards loyalty program and is also expected to fuel interest (no pun intended) in the Qantas Points Club, which will be geared towards Qantas Frequent Flyer members who earn their points via shopping rather than flying.

Customers will be able to choose between earning BP Points or Qantas Points for every litre of fuel they buy and every additional dollar they spend at a BP service station.

Read more: Here's what we know about the  Qantas, BP partnership 

There's also a kick-off promotion: Qantas Business Rewards members who sign up to BP Plus between 28 January and 30 April 2020 can earn 50,000 Qantas Points when they spend $150 per month on fuel over five consecutive months, with an additional 50,000 Qantas Points for filling up with over 20,000 litres of fuel within the first 6 months.

Those points will be awarded to the holder of the BP Plus account, rather than individual drivers, so companies with a fleet of vehicles will be able to funnel all the Qantas Points into a single account where the points can then be used towards staff travel, such as booking reward tickets or applying for an upgrade.

According to research by Canstar, small to medium enterprises spend an average $1,600 per month on fuel.

For her part, Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth attests that "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."

Read more: How the Qantas Business Rewards program works

David

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.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2014

Total posts 135

This is awesome news!!!

Seriously ?? I think it's the usual underwhelming stuff from Qantas, pretending to be doing big favours to loyal customers but in actual fact there's much more benefit to themselves. The earn rate will be poor, especially as BP tend to be the most expensive on a day to day basis anyway, certainly here in Perth. This "deal" does not stand up well to close scrutiny.

Also, may I suggest things like child-birth or getting cured of cancer are "awesome", not this.

15 Oct 2019

Total posts 9

"Awesome" means inspiring awe. A business link between companies does NOT qualify. To some customers this link may be beneficial, valuable, a saving of time, money and/or points, etc, but "awesome" it certainly is NOT.

30 Jan 2015

Total posts 24

So what's the situation for individuals filling-up at BP from this weekend? Velocity earning will cease on Friday but neither Qantas nor BP Rewards will be available yet?

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2431

Velocity points-earning on Friday until midnight, then Qantas points-earning from Saturday onwards via QBR and the BP Plus fuel card, with full QFF/BP partnership (direct earn of Qantas Points when you buy petrol, drinks and snacks) from late March.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

02 Jul 2011

Total posts 1390

A point / L when my local BP is regularly 10-15c/L more expensive seems like an expensive way to earn points.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

21 Jan 2014

Total posts 281

Doesn't convince me to change, our fleet is diesel, with 0.5 points per litre, who would bother, BP are much dearer than our local distributor anyway.

04 May 2015

Total posts 266

All eyes will be on the actual earn rate of Qantas frequent flyer points in BP Rewards. Given customers are used to expecting 2/L and 2/$1 in the shop as with Velocity, anything less with Qantas will be a snore. Velocity loyalists would instead jump to buying fuel at Coles Express via Flybuys, especially if converting fuel savings into points.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

03 Jun 2014

Total posts 13

What will those like me get who have our cars thru salary packaging get? It is a pretty poor earn rate either way at this stage. I normally use a local BP distributor to purchase my fuel as they can be 30 cents a litre cheaper than anywhere else when prices are at the top of the cycle

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

11 Dec 2014

Total posts 7

@fish1983 you are spot on. I too have a salary sacrifice vehicle and a BP fuel plus card. Even though I pay for the vehicle and fuel I was not able to use my velocity card when it was BP/Virgin. I doubt I'll be any better off with the BP/Qantas nightmare.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

11 Dec 2016

Total posts 62

What I'm frustrated about also, is what Caltex are doing. I've been using both Velocity @ BP for a long time, and Caltex with the QF Business Rewards points at times if that's a more convenient one to fill up at.

Caltex only said they're killing the QF partnership on 31st January, obviously for the above reasons with BP. They're not giving an opportunity to pass points onto Velocity instead though which would be the logical position at this point in time.

I assume that both Caltex and Shell are fighting over who wins the Velocity partnership now though which is why no decision has been made and so on.

15 Oct 2019

Total posts 9

Points for the dearest petrol in the land and my car uses 91, giving fewer points. That and the fact I spend less than $300 in a year on petrol, I think I'll stick with my current petrol station and its always cheaper prices.


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