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Published May 18th 2017
Cheap Accomodaiton and Frequent Flyer Points
I am a total fan of Airbnb as it makes travelling practically anywhere affordable. You can even do an expensive city such as London for as little as a $100 a night.
I also love to see these technological start ups, such as Airbnb and Uber, breaking the back of traditional options that have been slugging tourists for years, effectively making travel only the province of the very rich. For information on how Airbnb operates and some of my local stays click here.
Airbnb, for example, only started in 2008 and look at it now. It presently connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries.
And here it is teaming with an international airline in recognition of how popular it has become. That's right! Qantas and Airbnb have come together in a world-first partnership to give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points when they book their Airbnb accommodation through Qantas. You'll get one Qantas Point for every dollar you spend on any of Airbnb's 2.5 million accommodation listings across 191 countries.
This is great news. As well as being a coup for Qantas it is also a way forward for Qantas as it steps up to work with innovative digital and technology businesses.
Qantas is using the tag line that they 'want customers to feel at home when they travel' and what could be more at home than staying at someone's home or in the apartment under their home or whatever the accommodation might be. Airbnb offers an incredible range of accommodation options from gypsy caravans to castle stays.
Below are a couple of photos of a recent Airbnb I stayed at in Edinburgh.
And you really do get to feel at home if you are living in an area, you are touring.
The Qantas move is a recognition that ' the way that people around the world, plan, book and experience travel is changing rapidly with the digital revolution.'
As Qantas CEO Alan Joyce also says 'We know many of our customers are just as likely to arrange an Airbnb as they are to book a hotel, and we wanted to recognise and reward them for that."
If you are interested in following up on this innovative move; in order to earn Qantas Points Frequent Flyer Members should visit Qantas here, choose the Airbnb option, then enter their Frequent Flyer details when prompted.
You are then redirected to Airbnb to complete your booking.