Frequent flyer plans for businesses

24 Sep 2015 by Tom Otley
Qantas Business Rewards

Taking the time to register your company for a corporate scheme allows you to collect both individually and for the company.

Many airlines have programmes dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), allowing collected miles or points to provide a variety of benefits for the firm and for its travellers.

Note also the Airline Alliances can be a quick way of determining which programme is best for you.



Airberlin Business Points

Designed for SMEs, Airberlin Business Points enables accrual of points when employees fly that can eventually be redeemed to book award flights on business points flights with Airberlin and also NIKI. Employees continue to earn miles for the travel they do.



Open to businesses of all sizes, BlueBiz not only earns “blue credits” for your company when employees fly with Air France or KLM, but also when they travel with Alitalia and Delta Air Lines. Blue credits can be converted into tickets or upgrades.


Business Extra

American Airlines’ travel rewards programme for SMEs ensures that employees continue to earn their AAdvantage miles while the businesses buying the tickets earn points towards traveller rewards. Different awards and upgrades are available by region and points can be used on British Airways and Iberia as well.


On Business

BA’s business frequent flyer plan is available to companies of all sizes. Travellers can also earn On Business points when flying with American Airlines and Iberia. Not only will businesses earn points, but the individual travellers can still earn personal Avios points as well.


Corporate Travel Solutions

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon have developed a corporate frequent travel programme (available for companies of all sizes). Note, your company must be registered in Hong Kong or Macau to be eligible.



Delta’s Skybonus programme is open for SMEs. For every US$1 spent, Skybonus rewards your company with points that can be redeemed for any employee. Flying with a joint-venture partner, Air France, KLM or Alitalia will result in SkyBonus points as well.


Etihad Business Connect

Etihad’s SME programme merges Etihad Guest accounts for individuals with business connect accounts so that both the solo traveller and the business earn miles. Made specifically for companies with between two and 50 travellers, the more employees enrolled, the more benefits the company receives. This is specifically an SME programme.



This customer loyalty programme gives travellers the chance to earn benefit points on up to 12 airline partners. The scheme is free and businesses of small to medium-size can redeem flights for free flights, upgrades and a number of other benefits.


Qantas Business Rewards

Australia’s flag carrier launched its new SME-focused Qantas Business Rewards in February 2017 as “an evolution of the existing Acquire initiative”. Under the programme, businesses earn Qantas Points when employees fly, with both Qantas flights and Emirates codeshare flights bearing the QF code being valid. Eligible purchases on the ground, such as office supplies, recruitment and telecommunications, will also contribute towards a business’s point accrual.


Corporate Travel Programme

Singapore Airlines introduced its corporate travel programme a few years ago, for companies of all sizes. Specifics depend on the country your company is in, but include discounted fares for all cabin classes, with no fees for booking, cancellation or changes, dedicated help desk for our corporate accounts, reporting tools via the website, or via dedicated account management, helping you to analyze and manage your organisation’s travel effectively and of course all travellers earn KrisFlyer miles, which can be redeemed for benefits both in the air and on the ground.

Most recently, however, it unveiled its new Highflyer scheme, aimed specifically at SMEs, enabling them to accrue five points for every S$1 (US$0.7) spent on Singapore Airlines and Silkair flights. Businesses can redeem these points to partially or fully offset future ticket purchases on either carrier.



The PerksPlus program is free to join and gives companies (of small to medium size) points every time one of their registered travellers flies with United, United Express and other partners. Individuals will still receive benefits from United’s loyalty program – MileagePlus. Specific details can be found at


The PassPlus program is a yearly pre-paid programme that offers greater savings and more amenities, like priority check-in and economy plus seating. Points and discounts count towards flights operated by United, United Express, Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Swiss and ANA. This is specifically an SME programme.


Flying Co

Virgin Atlantic’s corporate loyalty programme is free to join, is available to companies of all sizes, and miles are earned BY both the business and the individual. In the past, many SME programmes would only allow points and rewards when booked directly through their site. However, Virgin Atlantic will still reward points when booked through a travel agent. A minimum of four people must be enrolled per company.

Brooke Bumgarner

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