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Many airlines or airline alliances operate schemes which allow businesses to earn points for their travellers, whilst the traveller is able to keep their frequent flyer points. You may have heard of American Airlines Business Extra or British Airways OnBusiness. We’ll look at all of those in the next couple of weeks. But for now, we’re looking at Star Alliance’s version – PartnerPlusBenefit
PPB points can be earned on a number of Star Alliance carriers – Air Canada, ANA, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, Lufthansa, LOT, SWISS, Tap and United Airlines for tickets purchased in Europe. I’ve been using the scheme for a long time and cashed the points in for free tickets and most recently (having stopped flying United) for cash. This appears as a credit to your chosen credit card.
Until 31 March, PPB is offering 25% off on reward tickets and upgrade redemptions on Lufthansa, Germanwings, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, SWISS, LOT Polish Airlines, TAP, United Airlines, Air Canada and ANA.
To earn you simply enter your membership number when you make the booking, or enter the ticket numbers in to the PPB web site. After the flight is flown, the points show up. You need to nominate an Admin who has access to your part of the web site. They can check on points earned and arrange the rewards. You can give this to the person who books travel in your business to do, it’s a simple process but quite valuable. Points usually credit 1-3 months after the flight so don’t expect a quick turnaround – it’s not like your miles posting!
The number of points earned depends on the fare class, flexibility and origin/destination. This is the full list of current reward options:
Awards and Partners
During the last year they have added a range of partners who offer their services to PartnerPlusBenefit members in exchange for BenefitPoints. This helps PPB customers maximise their travel budget and cuts their travel spend from the moment they register in the programme.
Award flights on Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, TAP Portugal and United
Upgrades on flights with Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, SWISS, TAP Portugal and United (currently no upgrades available on Germanwings).
Cashback. PPB members can convert BenefitPoints into Pounds Sterling or Euros. from 4,500 BenefitPoints
Benefit FlyNet voucher (from 1SEP). Benefit FlyNet voucher the limitless Internet service on board provided by Lufthansa.
Carbon offsetting with ClimateCare. For your BenefitPoints we offer you three different carbon offset propositions, whether you want to :
- offset 8.5t of CO² emissions – the equivalent of powering around 35 desktop computers for a year.
- offset 78.5t of CO² emissions – the equivalent of taking 23 average cars off the road for a year.
- offset 314t of CO² emissions – the equivalent of running 1,800m² air-conditioned office space for a year. Business consulting workshops. Core Business Solutions provides PPB members with three different workshop packages geared to equip small and medium-sized companies with the tools to make them fit for busines
- For either option your company receives a certificate and a regular update on the projects you are supporting. from 3,000 BenefitPoints
- How to use Social Media as a marketing tool
- Business networking seminar: How to raise your company`s profile and elevate your business
- A full day Business Consulting workshop in sitio: Helping to build a winning business from 7,000 BenefitPoints
Heathrow Express. Our partnership with Heathrow Express allows you to redeem your BenefitPoints for the air-rail link between Paddington and Heathrow, the fastest connection between Heathrow airport and London. from 500 BenefitPoints
Airport Parking. As PartnerPlusBenefit member your company is entitled to either discounted parking at all major UK airports or you can also exchange your BenefitPoints for Meet & Greet, Business Park & Ride or Park & Ride solutions in partnership with Purple Parking. from 500 BenefitPoints
Conference Rooms for Meetings & Events The 15 Radisson Blu Hotels include both 4 and 5 star properties in key locations in London (West end, City and Heathrow), Guildford and Manchester, offering 152 versatile spaces to suit all your conferencing needs. Dedicated teams will be on-hand to assist, and complimentary wireless is included in all locations. Use your PPB BenefitPoints towards the cost of the booking
With your BenefitPoints you can select from a stock of over 2,000 products from the WorldShop, including travel and office accessories, lifestyle products, electronic gadgets and many more articles. from 900 BenefitPoints
Hotel Stay eGiftcards. With Global Hotel Card, powered by Orbitz, you can spend BenefitPoints for online reservations at over 70,000 hotels around the world at www.globalhotelcard.com/UK from 2,500 BenefitPoints
Limousine service You can spend BenefitPoints for executive transport from and to the airport or for any other taxi or chauffeur-driven limousine service with our partner in the South, CTS International and our preferred Irish provider Global Taxis. from 500 BenefitPoints