Airbnb is one of the best ways to save money on accommodation if you are travelling as a family or larger group. In the past the main downside of the platform was that you couldn’t earn airline miles on your Airbnb stays. That’s all changed and since they introduced the option to earn airline miles on Airbnb bookings with selected partners, they are now competing more with chain hotels who offer the same.
Airbnb realised that the lack of airline miles earning, 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 and Qantas. Virgin America was an earning partner but have been removed since their merger with Alaska Airlines.
New to Airbnb? Register on Airbnb receive £25 off your first booking of £55 or more. The free credit is automatically deducted from your first booking. The discount will remain on your account until it has been used, so even if you don’t need to book a trip straight away it is still a good idea to sign up to receive the £25 bonus.
Earn Miles Towards Flights With Airbnb Bookings
At the moment Airbnb only have partnerships with Delta Airlines and Qantas, so unfortunately 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 when making a booking through the dedicated booking site for each airline partnership.
If you already have an Airbnb booking the only way to earn airline miles for the stay is to cancel and rebook. Be sure to check the cancellation policy to make sure you receive a 100% refund, as cancellation policies vary per property.
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.
Bonus Delta SkyMiles For Guests
Until 28th February 2018, Delta are increasing their earning rate for both new and existing Airbnb guests who book through the Airbnb Delta partnership site.
New guests: Increased from 1 mile per $1 spent to 5 miles per $1 spent (a 5x bonus), and you receive a $25 voucher.
Existing guests: Increased from 1 mile per $1 spent to 2 miles per $1 spent (a 2x bonus).
Both offers are valid on bookings made before 28th February 2018, for stays completed by 28th February 2019.
Earn SkyMiles As An Airbnb Host
Until 30th November 2018, 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.
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.
Bonus Qantas Points For New Guests
Qantas are currently offering a bonus of 500 Qantas points in addition to the normal earning rate for new Airbnb guests who book through the Airbnb Qantas partnership site.
Virgin America (Alaska Airlines)
Virgin America was an earning partner but have been removed since their merger with Alaska Airlines. Hopefully Alaska Airlines will agree a direct deal with Airbnb in the future, making it possible to earn Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan airmiles for Airbnb stays.