3 Ways To Earn Additional Rewards When Booking Airbnb Stays

There are several ways to save money on Airbnb stays from discounted gift cards to Amex Offers to Chase Offers and more.

That’s not the only way to maximize your Airbnb bookings though. There are three ways to earn additional rewards or cashback when actually making a booking, one of which I just discovered today.

1) Delta

Delta Airbnb

The first option is probably the most well-known. Delta and Airbnb have a partnership with its own dedicated website. The partnership is fairly straightforward – you visit DeltaAirbnb.com, enter your SkyMiles number and click through to Airbnb. You then earn 1 SkyMile for every dollar you spend on Airbnb.

The partnership has offered double miles in the past, although I think it’s been a couple of years since we last saw one of those offers. Delta also sometimes offers other bonuses, such as earning 1,000 miles for every partner you shop with which included Airbnb.

This used to be the only avenue for earning rewards on Airbnb bookings, so I earned several thousand SkyMiles from this partnership.

Delta Airbnb Miles Posted

A few of the SkyMiles I earned through Airbnb reservations

Since the beginning of 2018 though, I’ve used a different portal when booking properties on Airbnb as it offers better rewards from my perspective.

2) Acorns

Acorns Airbnb

Airbnb is one of Acorns’ Found Money partners. They offer 1.8% of your booking subtotal which works out at 15% of the fees Airbnb collects when you make a reservation.

I don’t value Delta SkyMiles as high as 1.8cpp, hence why I now use Acorns. If Delta ever goes back to offering double SkyMiles for Airbnb reservations, I’ll switch back to the DeltaAirbnb portal.

If you’re not too familiar with Acorns, the 1.8% you earn isn’t awarded in the same way that a regular cashback portal would. Instead, it’s invested in your Acorns Core account, so I view it as a way to invest a few bucks each month without it having to come out of my pocket.

Acorns Airbnb Found Money Earned

If you need to book a property on Airbnb, it could help towards earning a $50 bonus from Acorns this month.

3) Qantas

Qantas Airbnb

This is the partnership that I only discovered today. Qantas offers 1 point per Australian dollar spent on Airbnb when booking at qantas.com/airbnb.

This partnership works a little differently to the Delta and Acorns setup though. With those two, you click through to the Airbnb website and book a property there. With Qantas, you have to book directly on the Qantas landing page in order to earn points.

The Qantas site only allows you to book stays for up to 21 days. If you need to make a reservation for longer than three weeks, you have to click through to Airbnb, but that means you won’t earn Qantas points.

For most people, earning Qantas points won’t be of interest. However, with them recently being added as a Membership Rewards transfer partner – in addition to already being a transfer partner of Citi ThankYou and Capital One – this provides another option for topping up a Qantas balance. Qantas points can also be useful for booking short American Airlines flights, so this Airbnb partnership is certainly worth being aware of.

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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Are there any current Airbnb discount gift card promotions?

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You can go to gift card granny or raise and buy discounted Airbnb gift cards.

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VRBO?

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Buy GCs from grocery stores or Lowe’s this quarter with Chase Freedom for 5x

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As a word of caution, for buying AirBnb giftcards (ex. Raise) – Airbnb requires using the giftcards entirely at original time of securing a stay. What I mean, some stays allow partial payments (pay half now, other half before stay); you cannot apply giftcards to remaining balances.
I learned the hard way. Put $1000 down on my CC, noticed a few weeks later that Airbnb giftcards are actually on Raise, bought $1000 in giftcards to apply to my remaining $1000 balance but Airbnb wouldn’t let me apply it to my remaining balance – since I used a CC initially, I must finalize the payment using CC. I called and after numerous representatives, they did accommodate a “one time only” deal.
I was happy to save 8% off $1000 but I am now worried that since I didn’t use a CC – I have now relinquished my “Travel Insurance” protections?

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Use the MPX app for double miles points + normal card points + 25% chase united points bonus.