In another flash offer, Qantas Hotels are offering 6 Qantas Points per A$1 on international hotels booked through the platform until 11:59pm AEDT on 25 February.
‘International’ includes New Zealand and other countries, but excludes Australia.
It seems that 6 Qantas Points (double points) per A$1 has become the new promotional rate — the last time we saw 9 points (triple points) on offer was back in 2016.
Full terms and conditions of the offer are available at the bottom of this page here.
The regular rate is 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent at over 200,000 partner hotels.
The offer excludes Airbnb bookings, which still earn at 1 Qantas Point per $.
At the standard earn rate of 3 points per A$1, with all other things like price being equal, you are earning a points kickback worth around 6% if you value Qantas Points at around 2c. Qantas Hotels bookings are made in Australian dollars however so you’ll need to factor any currency exchange fee into the return percentage.
Guide – How to earn Qantas Points for hotel stays
In this guide you’ll see there are a number of ways to how you can earn Qantas Points from hotel stays.
It’s intended as a brief overview for the uninitiated, a guide for those who didn’t realise you could also earn Qantas points from your hotel stays and want to know the basics.
Short version: there are a handful of ways you can use to earn points from your hotel stays – Qantas Hotels, Partner Hotels (domestic and international chains), and Hotel Loyalty Program partners.
Option 1: Qantas Hotels
When booking using Qantas Hotels, there are over 200,000 different hotels which you can 3 points per $ spent.
If you value your Qantas Points at around 2c each, then this is an effective kickback of around 6% in points earned (less foreign exchange fee).
However, occasionally Qantas Hotels run bonus point promotions, which is where the points earn becomes much more appealing.
In the past these have included:
|Date||Bonus Qantas Points |
per $ offer
|February 2018 (current offer)||6||5 days||International hotels only|
|January 2018||6||3 days||Domestic hotels only|
|November 2017||6||5 days||All hotels|
|September 2017||6||3 days||All hotels|
|June 2017||6||3 days||All hotels|
|November 2016||9||3 days||All hotels|
|May 2016||9||4 days||All hotels|
|April 2016||6||6 days||Domestic hotels only|
|February 2016||12||1 day||All hotels|
|January 2016||6||-||All hotels|
|November 2015||9||-||All hotels|
|July 2015||6||-||International hotels only|
|December 2014||9||-||All hotels|
|August 2014||-||-||10,000 bonus points for bookings
over $1,000 in Asia
|January 2014||6||-||International hotels only
For Domestic bookings:
2,000 bonus Qantas Points
Qantas Hotels pricing can be different to that found at the hotel’s own website, or elsewhere online, so that needs to be considered in your research.
Qantas Hotels also have a price match policy which is worth knowing about:
If, on the same day after you book a hotel at qantas.com, you find that same identical product available to purchase on any Australian website for a lower publicly available price, we’ll match it. Claims, including a qualifying screenshot, must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on the same day that you made and paid for your booking at qantas.com. To qualify for Price Promise, the products on qantas.com and the competitor travel website must be identical in all regards, and all details must be visible on the screenshot of the competitor’s website.
Note you’ll also receive 1,000 Qantas points for every successful claim. Full terms are here.
Option 2: Qantas Partner Hotels and Hotel Loyalty Programs
When booking direct with a range of partner hotels there’s again the possibility of earning Qantas Points.
Note that with some of these programs, you’ll need to manually opt into earning Qantas Points, otherwise you’ll earn points with the hotel loyalty program instead (like IHG and SPG, for example). While most will allow you to manually convert these to Qantas Points once you have the required minimum balance, there are some like Millennium Hotels & Resorts where this function is not available.
Within New Zealand, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 1,000 points per booking at hotels like Intercontinental, Adina, Copthorne, Grand Millennium, Cordis, Quest Apartments, Rendezvous, Stamford, Sudima, and Travelodge.
You’ll earn 600 points per booking at Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, and at all Choice Hotels brands like Econo Lodge and Clarion.
At AccorHotels properties including Pullman, Sofitel, Mercure, and Novotel, you can earn about 1.5 Qantas Point per NZ$1.
In Australia, members can earn 3 points per A$1 spent at around 80 different hotels, including Best Western, Four Seasons, Swissotel, Radisson, Rydges, and Shangri-La, as well as plenty of independent hotels.
There are also 25 hotel chains in other countries which will give you 1000 points per stay when booking directly, including Mandarin Oriental, Raffles Hotels, and Langham, and a few which offer 600 points per stay, or 1 point per US$1 spent.
Air New Zealand Comparison
Air New Zealand also offer an online Hotel booking engine on their site, in partnership with Expedia. You can earn Airpoints Dollars on all hotel bookings, and they frequently have bonus offers too. The effective return is only about 1.3% however if you value each Airpoints Dollar at NZ$1.
Similar to to Qantas, Air New Zealand also have a number of hotel partners that will offer various Airpoints earn rates for those who book directly with the Hotel and quote their Airpoints number.
If you don’t frequently stay at one particular hotel chain, often it can be more lucrative to earn airline frequent flyer points instead.
Qantas Hotels is worth including in your price comparison research versus Hotels.com, Expedia and the like, given that all hotels booked through their platform are points earning.
Generally, the value of points earned from hotel stays shouldn’t sway where you stay or how you book – just opt for the hotel, room and price that suits you.
Given Qantas have a wide range of hotel partners to keep an eye on if you are making a hotel booking, the key is not to miss out on points you could have earned from your stay.