Australian motorists can earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points at BP service stations, with the partnership between Qantas and BP also offering bonus status credits into the bargain. Also new is the petrol company's own BP Rewards loyalty program. Here's how it all comes together.
How many Qantas Points can I earn at BP?
There are two components of the Qantas-BP partnership: one for the Qantas Frequent Flyer program, and the other for Qantas Business Rewards and BP Plus fuel card.
The earn rates for personal Qantas Frequent Flyer members are as follows:
- 2 Qantas Points per litre of BP Ultimate unleaded
- 1 Qantas Point per litre of all other BP fuel (including diesel, LPG and regular unleaded)
- 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products – excluding purchases like gift cards, mobile phone recharge vouchers and tobacco
Those are also the same earning rates for the BP Rewards scheme, if you choose to earn BP Points instead of Qantas Points. For example, 2 BP Points per litre of BP Ultimate unleaded.
Business owners have an added advantage and can boost their points even further with a BP Plus fuel card, earning points at the rates above, plus extra points into the company's Qantas Business Rewards account as below:
- 1 Qantas Point per litre of BP Ultimate
- 1 Qantas Point per two litres of all other BP fuel
- 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products
"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 do I earn Qantas Points at BP?
It's relatively straightforward to earn these points, but does require online registration before you'll see them land in your account.
The simplest option is to visit this page on the Qantas website, login to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, confirm your details, and send them through.
A message will then land in your email inbox to verify your address, and once that's done – and you've created a password you can use on the BP Rewards website, if needed – you're good to go.
When you fill up or buy items in-store at BP, just scan your Qantas Frequent Flyer card or fire up your Qantas app and scan the digital barcode to pocket those points.
If you make a purchase and scan your Qantas Frequent Flyer card before registering online, you won't receive points straight away, but they won't be lost, either.
Once you've registered online for BP Rewards, all points you've earned will be transferred over to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account, provided you register within 12 months of your first Qantas card scan at BP.
Of course, you can always choose to earn BP Points instead of Qantas Points (and you can swap between those preferences at any time) – but you can't earn both at the same time.
However, you can 'double dip' when using a BP Plus fuel card, earning Qantas Points (or BP Rewards points) as normal, plus extra Qantas Points into the company's Qantas Business Rewards account.
Points can also be earned when paying for fuel via the BPme smartphone app for iPhone and Android, provided you use the account linked with your Qantas Frequent Flyer card. For now, this doesn't apply to payments made via the BP Plus mobile app which are ineligible for points.
Expert tip: pay for your petrol and in-store purchases with a credit card that earns Qantas Points.
What are BP Points?
BP Points are the currency of the new BP Rewards loyalty program, which is similar to the BPme Rewards program already running in the UK and USA.
Customers can earn BP Points for every litre of fuel they buy and every additional dollar they spend at a BP service station – at the same rates as for Qantas Points – either by scanning their physical BP Rewards card or the digital membership card in the BPme smartphone app.
Those BP Points can later be applied as a cash discount at BP outlets or redeemed as a David Jones eGift Card.
Every 500 BP Points earned can be exchanged for $5 off at BP, locking their value at 1c per point – the same value you'll find when cashing them in for David Jones eGift Cards, with 1,000 points fetching a $10 gift card, for example.
If you decided to earn BP Points at first but would rather have Qantas Points down the line, they can also be converted into Qantas Points at a 1:1 rate, which occurs when you change your earning preference to Qantas Points.
There's no advantage in doing this versus earning Qantas Points from the beginning, however, as the number of points landing in your account will be the same.
Earning Qantas status credits at BP
For a limited time, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can notch up status credits on purchases at BP, as well as for simply joining the BP Rewards program.
Register for BP Rewards via the Qantas website before June 30 2020 and you'll receive 10 bonus status credits after linking your accounts – credited to your Qantas Frequent flyer account within six weeks.
You can then earn up to 40 bonus status credits from buying fuel and in-store items from BP between now and June 30.
For every 1,000 Qantas Points earned at BP before that date, you'll also pocket 10 status credits: up to 40 status credits in total, if you amass 4,000 Qantas Points. Combined with the 10 bonus status credits for signing up, that's an all-out haul of up to 50 bonus status credits.
However, given most transactions only earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent or litre purchased, hitting that cap is only possible by spending thousands of dollars on fuel (and in-store snacks) over the next three months, so most members will earn significantly fewer status credits.
Additional reporting by David Flynn.