I covered the major changes to the British Airways On Business scheme, aimed at small businesses, two weeks ago.
Whilst BA is making sure that the value of your existing points is protected (which is more than can be said for your existing Avios balance after April 28th), companies will find it much harder to earn free flights after the end of May. This is especially true if you use On Business to redeem for premium cabins.
There is an alternative. PartnerPlusBenefit, previously Star Alliance Company Plus, is the Star Alliance equivalent of On Business, aimed at companies in the UK and Ireland.
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 Orbitz giftcards for hotel bookings, Lufthansa FlyNet internet vouchers, chauffeur services to Heathrow and Heathrow Express tickets amongst other things. You can even ask them to redeem your points for cash.
A generous sign-up bonus – a FREE business class upgrade
PartnerPlusBenefit is currently offering 1,500 BenefitPoints for signing up (1,000 BenefitPoints) and registering a credit card (an additional 500 BenefitPoints).
You need to register a credit card as this is the main method they use for tracking flight purchases made by your company. It will pick up your purchases even if you book via a corporate travel agent.
The 1,500 bonus points for signing up are enough for:
a one-way upgrade to business class within Europe, or
3 x one-way Heathrow Express tickets, amongst other things.
Once you start crediting flights to the scheme, you can build your points to a level required to redeem for free flights or other deals – 2000 points gets you 14 days of airport parking for example. 1900 points gets you a £50 hotel voucher.
PartnerPlusBenefit is part of AwardWallet so you can keep track of your points via the business version of their app or website.
Double points with Lufthansa Group airlines until 30th April
As an extra incentive, PPB is currently offering double BenefitPoints until the end of April on all flights to Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, Brussels. Cologne and Zurich.
The offer is valid on both economy and business class tickets. Participating airlines are Lufthansa, Austrian, SWISS, germanwings and Brussels Airways. You need to register via the promotions page of your PPB account.
If you run your own company, it is worth signing up to PartnerPlusBenefit. You may find the benefits are more useful than the heavily devalued On Business points that BA will offer you from the end of May.
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.