Earn Airline Miles With Airbnb Bookings

Airbnb is one of the best ways to save money if you are travelling as a family or larger group, and now with select partners it’s possible to earn airline miles with Airbnb bookings. One large Airbnb property can often cost much less than booking multiple hotel rooms. What’s great about the platform is that it’s also possible to find cheap Airbnb accommodation in areas where there are overpriced hotels who appear to be dictating the price of accommodation.

In the past, one of the drawbacks of using Airbnb was that you didn’t earn any airline miles for your stay. If you compare this to a stay at a typical chain hotel, you had this possibility to earn airline miles for your stay. Airbnb have realised that the ability to earn airline miles, for some customers, was a big drawback of the platform. Now it’s possible to earn miles towards flights when using Airbnb through partnerships with Delta Airlines, Qantas and Virgin America (soon to be Alaska Airlines).

Create An Airbnb Account & Get Up To £70 Free Credit

To earn airline miles on Airbnb bookings, you will first need an Airbnb account. Currently the Airbnb sign up bonus is £30 for new members, double the amount compared to last year. Airbnb also have a promotion where you can save a further £40 off your second stay. Using both of the promotions you can save a total of £70 in free Airbnb credit. £30 off your first booking, and £40 off your second booking (original article: £70 Free Airbnb Credit).

If you have an American Express card you can also receive 2% cashback on all Airbnb bookings, which can be stacked with the £70 free credit offer.

Earn Miles Towards Flights With Airbnb Bookings

Sadly, at the moment there is no way of earning Avios miles (to use with British Airways, Avios.com, Iberia etc) or Virgin Atlantic miles. Airline miles can currently be earned with Delta Airlines, Qantas and Virgin America (soon to be merged with Alaska Airlines) when making a booking through the Airbnb. Each airline uses a dedicated booking site, so be sure to use the correct link below.

If you already have an Airbnb booking the only way to earn the miles is to cancel the stay and rebook. Be sure to check the cancellation policy to make sure you receive a 100% refund, as cancellation policies vary per property.

Delta Airlines

To earn Delta SkyMiles bookings need to be made via the dedicated Delta/Airbnb partnership site.

If you’re a member of the Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer scheme, and make an Airbnb booking through the dedicated partnership site, you will earn 1 mile per $1 spent. No minimum spend requirement and the miles can be earned on multiple bookings.

As UK residents will not be paying for Airbnb stays in US dollars the equivalent amount will be calculated using an exchange rate.

Earn more SkyMiles by becoming an Airbnb host

Until 31st October 2017, Delta SkyMiles members who sign up as an Airbnb host are able to earn up to 25,000 bonus miles. The bonus SkyMiles are staggered into the following tiers:

  • Earn 2,500 bonus SkyMiles when you reach your first $250 (or equivalent) in qualifying host earnings
  • Earn an additional 7,500 bonus SkyMiles when you reach a cumulative $1,000 (or equivalent) in qualifying host earnings
  • Earn an additional 15,000 bonus SkyMiles when you reach a cumulative $2,500 (or equivalent) in qualifying host earnings

Nothing in the terms of the offer states that Airbnb host properties should be located in the US, so this appears to be a global offer.

Qantas

To earn Qantas points bookings need to be made via the dedicated Qantas/Airbnb partnership site.

If you’re a member of the Qantas frequent flyer scheme, and make an Airbnb booking through the dedicated partnership site, you will earn 1 Qantas point per A$1 spent. No minimum spend requirement and the miles can be earned on multiple bookings.

As UK residents will not be paying for Airbnb stays in Australian dollars the equivalent amount will be calculated using an exchange rate.

Virgin America (Alaska Airlines)

To earn Elevate points bookings need to be made via the dedicated Virgin America/Airbnb partnership site.

If you’re a member of the Elevate, the Virgin America frequent flyer scheme, and make an Airbnb booking through the dedicated partnership site, you will earn 1 Elevate point per $1 spent. New Airbnb members registering through the partnership site earn a bonus of 1,500 Elevate points plus get $20 off their first booking, though this bonus is not lucrative as the £70 free Airbnb credit mentioned above.

No minimum spend requirement and the miles can be earned on multiple bookings.

As UK residents will not be paying for Airbnb stays in US dollars the equivalent amount will be calculated using an exchange rate.

Earn miles in Mileage Plan, Alaska Airlines frequent flyer scheme

Virgin America and Alaska Airlines are currently merging together their frequent flyer schemes, and starting in 2018 Alaska’s Mileage Plan will become the sole loyalty program as the brands combine into one airline. Until then Virgin America Elevate members can convert their points directly into Alaska’s Mileage Plan miles with a 30% bonus. This means that Airbnb bookings earn 1.3 Alaska Mileage Plan miles per $1 spent.

2 Comment

  1. Ravi says: Reply

    Great Post! I’m already a host for Airbnb but can I sign up for the bonus? Or is it just for new hosts?

  2. Reading the T&C’s of the offer it appears that the bonus is only available for new hosts signing up to Airbnb.

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