In another quick 3 day flash offer, Qantas Hotels are offering 6 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels booked through the platform until 1.59am NZST on September 10th (Sunday).
6 Qantas Points per $ is a low-ish bonus compared to others that they have run, but if you were planning on making a booking anyway then you might as well consider doing it during this bonus period.
If you haven’t looked at Qantas Hotels recently, you can now earn points for stays at all partner hotels – meaning there are now 140,000 at which you can earn at least 3 Qantas Points per $ at when booking through Qantas 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 kick back worth around 3% to 4.5% if you value Qantas Points at around 1-1.5c. Qantas Hotels bookings are also made in Australian dollars, so unless you have a zero FX fee credit card you’ll also need to factor that into the return percentage.
This is why I would still choose to book through Hotels.com and use their Hotels.com Rewards program.
Hotels.com Rewards offers an effective 10% discount for every stay if you book and stay through them 10 nights in a year, along with more extra credit incentives on offer every so often. Only when Qantas Hotels are offering a substantial bonus would I choose to direct my bookings their way.
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 now around 140,000 different hotels which you can 3 points per $ spent.
If you value your Qantas Points at around 1 to 1.5c each, then this is an effective kickback of around 3%-4.5% in points earned (less C.C FX 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:
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels, 3 days – September 2017 (current offer)
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels, 3 days – June 2017
- 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels, 3 days – November 2016
- 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels, 4 days – May 2016
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on domestic hotels, 6 days – April 2016
- 12 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels, 1 day – February 2016
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on domestic and international hotels – January 2016
- 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels – November 2015
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on international hotels – July 2015
- 9 Qantas Points per $ on all hotels – December 2014
- 10,000 bonus points for bookings over $1,000 in Asia – August 2014
- 6 Qantas Points per $ on international hotels and 2,000 bonus points on domestic bookings – January 2014
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
When booking direct with a range of partner hotels there’s again the possibility of earning Qantas Points. Within Australia, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn 3 points per $ 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 international hotel chains which will give you 1000 points per stay when booking directly, including Mandarin Oriental, Raffles Hotels, and Radisson Blu, and a few which offer 600 points per stay, or 1 point per US$ spent.
Option 3: Hotel Loyalty Program Partners
Qantas Frequent Flyers also have the option to double dip when staying at any Hilton hotel, as long as they are a Hilton HHonors member as well. After joining (for free), you choose your points and mile earning style, select ‘Airline Miles’ or ‘Variable Miles’ and choose Qantas as your preferred travel partner. This will allow you to earn 1 Qantas point per US$, plus 10 HHonors Base Points when you stay at any Hilton hotel.
InterContinental Hotels Group are similar – once you’ve chosen your earning preference (Airline Miles), you can earn 1000 Qantas points at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, and can also convert 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points to 2000 Qantas points if you need extra points for a flight.
Other IHG group Hotel chains such as Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn will earn you 600 Qantas Points per stay internationally, or 3 points per A$1 in Australia.
Hyatt and Mariott also have similar schemes, allowing reward points to be transferred to Qantas points, as long as you’ve selected your earning preference. Staying at a Hyatt hotel within Australia or New Zealand will give you 1000 points per stay, while international hotels will give you 600 points.
Mariott give members 2 Qantas points per US $ on all qualifying charges at particular hotels, including JW Mariott, Mariott Hotels, and Renaissance Hotels, along with 2 Qantas Points per US$ at The Ritz-Carlton, Edition, and Gaylord Hotels.
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, even they frequently have bonus offers too.
Similar to to Qantas, Air NZ 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 Air NZ 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 now 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.