I posted back in January about the forthcoming relaunch of Star Alliance Company Plus. This is the Star Alliance equivalent of the British Airways On Business scheme, aimed at companies in the UK and Ireland.
It has now been relaunched as PartnerPlusBenefit (website here) which was already the ‘trading name’ of the scheme.
The biggest difference between PartnerPlusBenefit and the old Star Alliance Company Plus is that you now earn points for ALL flights you take.
Historically, Star Alliance Company Plus did not award points on discounted tickets. With more and more companies now making their staff travel on the cheapest possible fare – even at the loss of flexibility – the scheme was becoming irrelevant. PartnerPlusBenefit should change that.
What makes PartnerPlusBenefit more powerful than BA’s On Business is that flights from 10 airlines earn points. The participating airlines are Air Canada, LOT, Lufthansa, germanwings, Austrian, ANA, Swiss, Brussels Airlines, United and TAP Portugal.
There is also a wider range of redemption options than On Business offers. As well as flight redemptions and upgrades, you can also redeem for good old fashioned cash, Orbitz giftcards for hotel bookings and Heathrow Express tickets.
Claim your sign-up bonus and get a free flight upgrade
When I originally wrote about PartnerPlusBenefit, I said that it was not clear how the sign-up bonus works. I have now got to the bottom of this.
As part of the relaunch promotion, you will receive 1,000 PartnerPlusBenefit points simply for signing up your company.
You will receive a further 500 points when you register a credit card. (The scheme uses registered payment cards as one way of tracking flights to credit to your account, and will work whether you book direct or via a travel agent.) Until at least the end of February, this payment card registration bonus is doubled to 1,000 points, giving a total sign-up bonus of 2,000 points.
The 2,000 bonus points for signing up are enough for a one-way upgrade to business class within Europe.
PartnerPlusBenefit is part of AwardWallet, so you can keep track of your points easily via their app or website.
And an Air Canada bonus ….
PartnerPlusBenefit has just launched a promotion in association with Air Canada. From February until July 31st, it is offering double points on all Air Canada flights in Business or Premium Economy credited to your PPB account. You need to register for this offer on the PPB website.
If you run a small company, it is worth signing up to PartnerPlusBenefit. The sign-up page is here. Your travellers will still receive their standard miles in their personal accounts when they fly, so it is a genuine extra benefit on top.