What if running your own business actually made it easier to take a holiday or gave you an advantage when you need to travel for work? For Margie Woods, founder and creative director of Melbourne-based fashion label Viktoria & Woods, it does.
As an American Express® Qantas Business Rewards Card Member since 2014, Woods and her team use their Card to rack up Qantas Points – between 50,000 and 90,000 a month. “It’s great to be rewarded for everyday expenses that we would be spending on anyway,” Woods says.
These points are enough for a return Economy Classic Flight Reward ticket from Melbourne to Los Angeles (plus $316.52 in taxes, fees and carrier charges)Ω. For travel-lover Woods, it’s a dream trip to Europe that’s top of her wish list. “At the end of the year I’m planning to use points to take my whole family on an amazing trip to Europe,” she says.
When you sign up for an American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card you’ll accrue points every time you pay for something, from daily office expenses and fuel for your fleet to larger expenses like upgrading to a new software system or expanding office locations. You’ll also earn points when booking eligible flights and hotels, as well as most types of spend.
Woods – who is passionate about fostering a creative and collaborative culture, and has been doing so for the 16 years her business has been in operation – often transfers points earned by using the Business Card to reward her dynamic staff members for their hard work. “You can transfer points from the Qantas Business Rewards account to anyone you like,” says Woods. “I give them to employees, who can then use them to book a holiday or for whatever they want at the Qantas [Shopping] Rewards Store.”
Read on for just some of the ways your business can benefit as an American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card Member.
Use your Card for expenses, big and small
The American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card has one of the highest points-earning rates on the market – up to 2 Qantas Points per $1 spent^.
Not only that, the Card operates differently to a credit card. As a Charge Card, it allows you to grow your spending potential month-on-month – on the basis you pay off your monthly balance in full~.
In many cases, this means your borrowing potential may be higher than what a credit card facility can provide~. This was the main allure for Woods, who uses her Business Card to cover many of her fashion label’s everyday expenses, including rent. “You can manage cash flow because payment terms are extended,” says Woods.
Book travel through the Qantas Business Rewards website for triple Qantas Points#
American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card holders also earn triple Qantas Points# when flying with Qantas. How, you ask?
Well, flights not only earn the person travelling Qantas Points, they also earn the business points, too. Pay for flights using the American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card, to have the points your business earns when flying tripled.
As is the case for many small businesses, travel is essential to the Viktoria & Woods team, who fly domestically to stores across the country, as well as internationally to visit fabric suppliers face-to-face and maintain a strong presence at global trade fairs. “There’d be someone, somewhere in the business, on a flight every fortnight,” says Woods. “Some departments, including myself, take two to four international flights a year.”
Margie Woods, Viktoria&Woods.
Domestically, the Viktoria & Woods management and design team make it a point to visit stores around Australia on a regular basis, to ensure quality control, identify opportunities for growth and also foster the dynamic work environment that the brand has worked so hard to cultivate over the years.
When staff touch down, checking in to accommodation booked through the Qantas Hotels site also earns the traveller and Woods’ Qantas Business Rewards account points. There are more than 200,000 global hotels to choose from: “There’s great quality and a wide range of options,” says Woods. “We earn points when we stay in hotels domestically and internationally.”
“Last year we earned more than 700,000 points through travel, hotels and our American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card combined,” says Woods.
“When I fly long haul with my design team we use points to upgrade to business class, so we can hit the ground running. It’s amazing to have that option. We can also use extra points to ‘pay’ for hotel bookings through Qantas Hotels.”
As a Card holder, you can even start your holiday early by enjoying the delights of Qantas Club Lounges – like the recently refurbished Melbourne lounge – with two domestic Qantas Club Lounge passes every year after the first eligible Qantas purchase**.
Use your car to your advantage
If you and your team are on the road a lot, travelling to deliver products or visit suppliers, you’ll want to be rewarded for all your driving. With a BP Plus fuel card¥, your Qantas Business Rewards account can earn 50,000 bonus Qantas Points when you spend $150 a month over five months. An additional 50,000 points are up for grabs if you fill your fleet with more than 20,000 litres of fuel within the first six months. Another easy way to skyrocket your points balance is by double-dipping. You'll earn more points by paying your BP Plus fuel statement with your American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card. Plus, receive 0% Card service fees on American Express payments.
Switch to points-earning utilities
No lights, no business. Electricity and gas bills are a fact of running a business, whether you work from home or have a national footprint. You may as well plug those sockets into points, too. Sign your utilities over to Qantas Business Rewards partner Red Energy and earn up to 15,000 bonus Qantas Points plus two Qantas Points for every dollar spent when bills are paid in full. Then, you can double-dip when you pay your Red Energy bills on time using your American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card.^
Take time to celebrate
Bringing on a new team member? Signed off a huge sale? Simply made it to Friday after a full-on work week? Taking time to celebrate with your team is just as important as the nitty gritty of business. The online Qantas Wine± store is stocked with more than 2000 different wines, beers and spirits – not to mention artisanal produce that pairs perfectly with a wide range of beverages. Pay with your American Express Qantas Business Rewards Card and earn 2 points per $1 on the Card, plus earn 1 point per $1 spent as a Qantas Frequent Flyer member and another 2 points per $1 spent as a Qantas Business Rewards member, that's a total of 5 points per $1 spent.