Many travellers are familiar with frequent flyer programmes offered by airlines that give them points every time they fly, but lots of airlines also offer corporate reward schemes for organisations that travel on business too. If your employees travel for business, it’s highly likely you’ll benefit from one of the schemes available.
Completely free to join, corporate reward schemes give your business reward points for the flights you book that are redeemable against air ticket costs and upgrades, or in some cases other travel products such as hotels, lounge access or car rental. BlueBiz, the reward scheme of KLM, Air France, Alitalia and Delta, even offer every Bluebiz member free baggage allowance saving £30 per flight!
Here we answer the most commonly asked questions when it comes to airline reward schemes and how your business can benefit by signing up…
#1 How do I claim points for my business?
If you use a travel management company, your account manager will be able to advise you which schemes your organisation should enrol in. You’ll receive a membership number which your travel management company will add to your company profile so that it’s automatically added to all bookings. This means you’ll collect points without having to do a thing.
#2 How do I redeem points for my business?
You’ll receive an online statement of activity, showing points earned and available balances. Most good travel management companies will manage the redemption of reward points for you as part of their business travel services and account management programme. Savings achieved should be tracked and measured through management information reports so you have complete visibility of the value delivered.
#3 Which airlines offer corporate reward schemes?
Some airlines have their own programmes, whilst others have teamed up with other airlines to create joint reward schemes. Click on the links below to find out more.
#4 What value can I expect to achieve?
How much each customer will benefit from each scheme depends on their level and type of spend with the relevant airlines, however, on average an airline corporate reward scheme will earn a client between 1% and 5% back from their travel spend. The important thing to remember is that these schemes don’t cost anything to join and your travel management company will administer them on your behalf, so they require no investment at all, you really have nothing to lose by becoming a member.
So there you have it, a quick round up to explain why joining corporate reward schemes if your company travels on business is a no brainer. Speak to your travel management company to find out which schemes you should sign up to.