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.
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."