Airline Adds Airbnb To Their Frequent Flyer Program
The popular home sharing site is partnering with major carriers to give travelers more options
Australian airline Qantas Airways is the latest airline to add home-sharing service Airbnb to its frequent flyer program. Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn one airline point per dollar they spend on an Airbnb booking made through the Qantas website. “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 recognize and reward them for that,” Qantas CEO Alan Joyce explained.
Virgin America has announced a similar partnership with the popular home-sharing website for its frequent flyer members. Airlines often partner with traditional hotels in its loyalty programs, and the move to include Airbnb suggest that the home-sharing platform is taking up a bigger role in the hospitality industry, despite facing criticisms about racial discrimination and creating housing scarcity.