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Two airlines reward passengers for using Airbnb


Aside from common partnerships you often see between hotels and airlines, some carriers are now looking to build partnerships with vacation rentals.

Qantas and Virgin Atlantic airlines added Airbnb stays into their Qantas Point and Elevate frequent flyer programs, Quartz reports.

Earlier this week, Qantas announced that it would add rewards for passengers who decide to stay at short-term rentals like Airbnb.

Passengers will earn one Qantas Point for every $1 Australian they spend — that equates to one point for every $.76 U.S. — on Airbnb.

Qantas customers will still need to earn 45,000 points for a free flight one-way from Sydney to San Francisco, according Quartz reports.

While Qantas claims it’s the first airline to team up with Airbnb on its frequent flyer program, Virgin Atlantic previously incorporated the short-term rental program into its Elevate program.

The Elevate program allows members to earn a point for every dollar spent when booking through the carriers’ site. Virgin Atlantic airlines give customers 20,000 points if they sign as a host on the site and complete five hosting nights.

Experts say partnerships like this could prompt other domestic airlines to do the same.

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