Airline Loyalty Programmes

Is your company enjoying corporate reward schemes when booking business travel?

 

Many business travellers are familiar with frequent flyer programmes offered by airlines that give them points every time they fly, but lots of airlines also offer Corporate Reward Schemes for companies that travel on business too. If your employees travel for business, it’s highly likely your company will also benefit from one of the schemes available.

Completely free to join, corporate reward schemes give your business reward points for the flights you book that are redeemable against future air tickets and/or upgrades, or in some cases other travel products such as hotels, lounge access or car rental.

How do I claim points for my company?

 

By using Giles Travel as your preferred travel management company, your Client Relationship Manager will be able to recommend which schemes your Company should enrol in. You’ll receive a membership number which Giles Travel will add to your company profile so that it’s automatically added to all bookings. This means you’ll collect points without having to do a thing.

How do I redeem points for my company?

 

You’ll receive a monthly online statement of activity, showing points earned and available balances. You can either redeem the points directly with a specific airline or Giles Travel can help you manage the redemption of reward points as part of our business travel services and account management programme. Full details are available in management information data.

What value can I expect to achieve?

 

How much you and your company will benefit from each scheme depends on your level and type of spend with the relevant airlines. However, on average an airline corporate reward scheme will earn a company approximately 5% as a rebate from their travel spend. The important thing to remember is that these schemes don’t cost anything to join and Giles Travel can administer them on your behalf if you wish. So, with no investment required, you really have nothing to lose by becoming a member.

It pays to be loyal

 

Airline loyalty schemes have been around a long time, are often very straightforward to get set up and offer the opportunity to accrue air-miles-based points and a range of travel benefits. Many airlines also offer corporate programmes that can be used in conjunction with individual airline schemes. But there are a lot of them, each with their own rules and perks, and some cover multiple airlines.

Here to help

 

Giles Travel has the inside track on the loyalty programmes that are available. We’ll help get you set up with the right schemes for the airlines you use most frequently, so you can start earning individual and company-wide rewards. We’ve pulled together the facts about five top corporate airline loyalty schemes below to give you a taste of what’s on offer.

Popular Airline Loyalty Programmes

 

Virgin Flying Co details...

Enrolling:

  • Free to enrol, 2 travellers must be enrolled to start earning Flying Co Miles
  • Extra 40% Flying Co Miles when booking & flying VS & Delta
  • Extra 10% Flying Co Miles – all other partner carriers

Rules:

  • Nominate Giles Travel as your Travel Management Company and for every qualifying flight, points will automatically be credited to your Flying Co account & can be redeemed for rewards
  • Individual earns miles and company earns 40%
  • Eligible airlines: Virgin Atlantic/Delta & Partner Airlines

Rewards:

  • Virgin and Delta flights (Economy, Premium Economy and Upper Class reward flights)
  • Hotel Stays
  • Car rental and airport parking
  • Virgin Trains
  • Foreign Exchange
  • No.1 Traveller lounges
  • Clubhouse invites and upgrades
  • Chauffeur driven car transfers
  • Eurostar
  • Virgin Flying Co waitlist – when there aren’t any reward flight seats/upgrades available, if they then become available the account administrator will be contacted and advised the good news.

Some airlines have their own programmes, whilst others have teamed up with other airlines to create joint reward schemes. Here are some of the most popular programmes:

Business Rewards details...

Enrolling:

  • No limit to number of employees that can be registered on the scheme to earn more Business Rewards Points; THEY have to be Skywards members

Rules:

  • 1 point for every US Dollar spend on base airfare + carrier imposed surcharges
  • Points valid for 2 years
  • Retro claim avaialble for 4 months
  • Eligible airlines: Emirates
  • Accrual Process Maximum 2 weeks based on each flight segment
  • Earn points for guests who travel on behalf of the company i.e. consultants, lawyers

Rewards:

  • Dynamic Reward Flights  – if you can pay with cash, you can pay with points – all booking classes can be redeemed
  • Dynamic Reward Upgrades – if you can pay with cash, you can pay with points – most fare brands can be upgraded
  • Changes to Reward Flight – Can be made as long a there is a commercial seat available on the flight – upgrade to next cabin permitted using Points.
  • From 9000 points for flight upgrade
  • Additional WiFi usage without charge over 2 hours
Bluebiz details...

Enrolling:

  • Free to enrol

Rules:

  • Earn Blue Credit (1 Blue Credit = 1 Pound/Euro) to purchase tickets
  • Eligible airlines: Air France, KLM, Delta, Kenya Airways, China Southern Airlines and partner airlines
  • Retro Claim available for tickets issued within the last six months

Rewards:

  • Members can request one full name change on tickets issued by Air France or KLM in selected booking classes
  • Blue Credits can be used to buy flight-related services, such as a more comfortable seat or meals
  • Travellers are recognised as valued passengers by ground and cabin staff and receive priority services
  • Always on Board – When a long haul flight is fully booked, Air France and KLM will guarantee BlueBiz members a seat in Economy Cabin against Y-class fare
  • BlueBiz members travelling on a European flight with KLM (within Y, B, or M class) will be assigned an Economy Comfort Seat for free if available during check-in
  • Travellers from a BlueBiz company are contacted automatically if changes occur to flights operated by AIR FRANCE or KLM, so they are always informed of their latest flight status.
PartnerplusBenefit details...

Enrolling:

  • Free to enrol
  • 1,500 free BenefitPoints upon first registration and activation (equivalent to a Business Class Upgrade)

Rules:

  • Every time a traveller travels with one of the airline partners, the company will earn BenefitPoints.
  • BenefitsPoints valid for 3 years
  • Eligible airlines: Lufthansa, Air Canada, ANA All Nippon Airways, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, SWISS, TAP Portugal, United

Rewards:

  • Award Flights
  • Upgrades
  • Airport parking
  • Hotel eGift Cards
  • Limo transfers
  • Carbon Offsetting
  • Business, office and lifestyle accessories via online WorldShop
  • Cashback
OnBusiness details...

Enrolling:

  • Free to join
  • Available to companies of all sizes

Rules:

  • Earn On Business points
  • Eligible airlines: British Aiways, American Airlines and Iberia
  • Retro Claim available for tickets issued within the last six months

Rewards:

  • On Business Points can be redeemed against flights or upgrades
  • Choose money off selected flights across our global network
  • Fly On Business and continue to earn personal Avios through the Executive Club, Iberia Plus or Avios Programme
  • Enjoy a welcome bonus of triple On Business Points, as well as other exclusive member-only offers
  • Member-only discounts on many of our flights worldwide, of at least 5% off the fare
  • Earn more On Business points per £1 spent at each tier level, which can add up to huge savings. As you earn more points, you’ll be able to spend them on more reward flights and upgrades.
  • Referral programme offers 1500 bonus On Business Points for introducing a new member who signs up and makes first eligible flight within 3 months.

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