PartnerPlusBenefit – the Star Alliance equivalent of the British Airways On Business scheme, aimed at companies in the UK and Ireland – has launched a decent ‘double points’ promotion for transatlantic travel.
Between now and the end of June, you will earn double BenefitPoints when you fly from or to the USA.
This is valid whether you fly with United (the obvious option from London), Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian or Brussels Airlines.
Registration is required via the PPB website.
As BenefitPoints are redeemable for quite a few useful things – see below – it makes sense to register your business if you have a US trip on a Star carrier coming up.
Claim your sign-up bonus and get a free flight upgrade
If your company is not already a PartnerPlusBenefit member, you can receive 2,000 BenefitPoints simply for signing up.
You receive 1,000 points immediately upon registration, and – until the end of March – a further 1,000 points when you register a credit card number. 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.
(Note – for technical reasons, you may only receive 500 extra points when you register your credit card. If this happens, send an email to PPB and they will add them manually.)
The 2,000 bonus points for signing up are enough for a one-way upgrade to business class within Europe. It is also enough for a £50 Global Hotel Card gift card, redeemable against most hotels offered by Orbitz. There are also options to redeem for airport transfers with CTS Chauffeur Services (from 1,000 points) and Heathrow Express tickets.
PartnerPlusBenefit is part of AwardWallet so you can keep track of your points easily via their app or 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.