Uber and Qantas have teamed up to grant airport commuters frequent flyer points when they book through the Qantas app. The deal is currently available at 15 Australian airports, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Here's how many points you earn with each trip!
From November 3 2017, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points when they book an Uber to or from 15 Australian airports. To get the points, you need to book the Uber through the airline's official app. (An Uber icon will now appear in the booking section of the Qantas app.)
"The deal means Qantas customers can manage their door to door travel experience through the Qantas app, from booking their flight through to leaving home, boarding their flight and then making their way to their end destination," Uber said in a statement.
So how many points do you earn for booking your Uber? That depends on your Qantas membership.
Bronze members will earn one Qantas Point per dollar spent on airport travel, while Silver members will receive double that amount. Gold, Platinum and Platinum One members will receive three Qantas Points per dollar.
As an added bonus, new Uber members who sign up and book a ride through the Qantas app will also score 2000 Qantas Points on their first Uber trip - even if it's not to an airport.
After some initial conflict with traditional taxi services, Uber now has pick-up and drop-off spots at all major Australian airports.
"We know [Uber] is a service our customers already like using and now they have the ability to earn Qantas points on their rides to and from the airport," a Qantas spokeperson said.
“Our focus is how we can make people’s entire journey more seamless, and incorporating the option to order an Uber through our app helps do that."
Here are the participating airports, in alphabetical order:
- Ballina Byron Bay
- Gold Coast
- Sunshine Coast (Maroochydore)
If nothing else, this initiative will help to take the sting out of surge charging - more dollars spent means more points earned. Er, hurrah?