AirBnB is a great alternative to hotel chains. They offer unique accommodations from local hosts in 191+ countries, so you’ most likely be able to find a place anywhere. Prices will be usually cheaper than hotels and you’ll get to live in a home, instead of a hotel. It might not offer all the luxuries of an hotel (see NYC 1st Shipping Container Home), but for lots of people it creates a better vacation experience. If you don’t have an AirBnB account, right now you can sign up through a referral and receive a $35 credit (my referral) when you complete a qualifying reservation.
One issue with AirBnB has been that you could not earn any points or miles for stays and there’s also no cash back through portals. Virgin America was the only option until recently. You could earn 1 mile/dollar plus first time bookers get 1,500 bonus points and a $20 Airbnb credit. AirBnB has been working to add more earning option and now there’s two new ways to earn miles. Those two opportunities come through agreements with United and Qantas.
United’s MileagePlus X App, 3 Miles/Dollar
United’s MileagePlus X app has added Airbnb to its list of merchants. The app will give you 3 United miles per dollar spent at AirBnB, and that will be on top of points that you’ll earn from your credit card, such as 3x with Chase Sapphire Reserve.
Bedandbreakfast.com will also earn 3 United miles per dollar on MPX.
Book Through Qantas, 1Mile/Dollar
Qantas miles are the other option. Qantas and Airbnb have come together in a world-first partnership to give Qantas Frequent Flyer members the opportunity to earn Qantas Points when they book their Airbnb accommodation through qantas.com. To earn Qantas Points, Frequent Flyer members should visit qantas.com/stay choose the Airbnb option then enter their Frequent Flyer details when prompted. The member is then redirected to airbnb.com. Members can earn one Qantas Point for every dollar spent on AirBnB.