Qantas and Airbnb let you sleep at 35,000 feet
Airbnb has listed some unique properties over the years, from tree houses to shipping containers and castles. For the first time ever, Qantas and Airbnb are letting members sleep in a bed at 35,000 feet as part of a unique partnership promotion.
Over the next two weeks, Qantas Frequent Flyer will register as a host and secretly post a number of opportunities to secure first and business class redemption seats on Airbnb – disguised as accommodation listings.
Only Qantas Frequent Flyer members are able to access the significantly discounted seats, because you can only secure the booking with Qantas Points. Eg. Two First Class seats one way Melbourne to Los Angeles 50,000 Qantas Points, normally 144,000 Qantas Points per seat. Two Business class seats one way Sydney to London for 50,000 Qantas Points, normally 128,000 per seat.
Members on the hunt can expect to find dozens of flights across the Qantas International network including London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Santiago and more. Listings include seats in pairs and groups of four.
The promotion follows Qantas Frequent Flyer’s recent announcement to operate Points Planes – dedicated Frequent Flyer redemption flights with seats only available to members redeeming Qantas Points as part of a broader strategy to provide even more redemption opportunities to members.
Qantas Frequent Flyers have been able to earn Qantas Points on airbnb bookings as well as on hosting since 2016
What is a Qantas Frequent Flyer secret listing:
Want unparalleled views of the clouds from a sanctuary in the sky? A private one bedroom suite at 35,000 feet? A cosy cabin at cruising altitude with sensational sunset views from the deck (flight deck that is).
‘Tour the home’ to see where you’ll sleep, dine and relax in front of a movie and meet the hosts (your Qantas cabin crew) who’ll be looking after you – they love looking after loyal travellers.
Like all airbnb properties you need to obey the house rules because there’s no parties or smoking allowed and you’ll need a passport!
Quotes to be attributed to Qantas Loyalty CEO, Olivia Wirth:
“Some of our members fly with us more than 100 times a year so it can certainly feel like they’re living on one of our planes, eating, sleeping and working at 35,000 feet.
“Our business and first class suites have all the hallmarks of a typical Airbnb house with comfortable beds, movies, quality cooked meals and experienced friendly hosts.
“We know our members love to redeem their points on travel, so we’re excited to be able to give them new ways to access these rewards.”
Quotes to be attributed to Airbnb – Country Manager Australia & New Zealand, Sam McDonagh:
“At Airbnb, we’re always looking for ways to re-imagine the travel experience by offering unique inventory for our guests. This activation extends our long-standing partnership with Qantas by offering Frequent Flyers a chance to book the ultimate in sky high luxury and comfort in an entirely unique way.”
How it works
- Qantas Frequent Flyers search the Airbnb website for a Qantas Frequent Flyer secret listing.
- When a member locates a secret listing they click on request to book.
- Secret listings include imagery of Qantas lounges and aircraft and include information on the flight details, destination and Qantas Points required to secure the booking.
- Once a member’s request to book has been received a Qantas Frequent Flyer team representative will then get in contact to confirm their Frequent Flyer number and necessary points balance.
- Once the information is verified a Qantas customer care agent will book the flights.