Australia's flagship airline Qantas International has announced a new partnership with taxi firm Uber that will benefit travellers landing at airports down under or who need to get to them to board a flight.
Passengers who belong to the Qantas Frequent Flyers scheme will now be presented with an Uber icon when booking their flights, allowing them to book their taxi ride either to or from the airport at the same time.
This means travellers are now able to arrange their entire journey via the Qantas smartphone app, and will even earn loyalty points that they can use towards paying for future flights with the airline.
Bronze members of the Frequent Flyers scheme will be able to earn one Qantas point for every dollar they spend on Uber taxi rides to or from an airport, while silver members will be able to earn two per dollar and gold, platinum and platinum one members will be eligible for three points per dollar.
What's more, Frequent Flyers who sign up to Uber via the Qantas app will automatically earn 2,000 extra Qantas points on their first Uber trip. This doesn't have to just be for an airport journey, but a taxi ride anywhere in Australia.
Qantas hopes that this new deal with Uber will help to create a smoother travel-booking experience for its customers, providing new visitors for both leisure and business purposes with a good first impression of Australia.
Olivia Wirth, chief customer officer at Qantas, commented on the day of the deal launch: "Our focus is how we can make people's entire journey more seamless, and incorporating the option to order an Uber through our app helps do that.
"Today's announcements means millions of our Frequent Flyer members will be able to book their flight, their ride to the airport and their hotel on the Qantas app, and earn points from all three of them."