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Supplier: Air France-KLM / Delta / Virgin Atlantic
Program name: Bluebiz
Benefits and terms: Free membership is open to companies of all sizes. For every ticket booked, clients earn credits at a rate of 3.5 per € 100 / £ 100 spent, which can be redeemed for free tickets, cabin upgrades, flight-related services, or carbon offsets. Members also have benefits such as free name changes, a guaranteed economy seat on full flights and ‘book now, pay later’.

Supplier: British Airways
Program name: On Business
Benefits and terms: This program extends to American Airlines and Iberia and gives members the ability to choose between earning Avios points for both the company and passenger or taking a discount. Members move through tiers based on annual spend that determine their points-earning rate. It also provides a portal for managing and monitoring spend with the airline.

Supplier: Cathay Pacific
Program name: Business Plus
Benefits and terms: Open to any company, this tier-based system rewards members with points for each flight completed. Points determine the member’s tier status, with each level offering benefits such as discounts, priority baggage and bonus points. The program works on a 12-month contract basis. Travel managers have access to a portal to view and manage bookings, benefits, points and tier status.

Supplier: Emirates
Program name: Business Rewards
Benefits and terms: This scheme is open to organizations of any size with no minimum spend required. Members earn one point for every dollar spent with Emirates (not on codeshare, interline or other partner flights), and points can be spent on reward flights and upgrades. Individuals still earn Skywards Miles. Companies can appoint an administrator to book flights, manage travel for employees and keep track of the points balance.

Supplier: Etihad Airways
Program name: BusinessConnect
Benefits and terms: Open to any business in a participating country, BusinessConnect is free to join. Members earn miles based on the distance flown and cabin class. Miles can be spent on flights with Etihad and more than 20 airline partners, cabin upgrades, or products from the Reward Shop.

Supplier: Finnair
Program name: Finnair Corporate Program
Benefits and terms: Finnair’s scheme is open to companies of all sizes. Members are entitled to discounts on long-haul flights in the Flex fare category, including business, premium economy and economy (although special conditions apply to some flights to Japan and North America). Classic and Light fares and European routes are not discounted, but companies are guaranteed the ‘best price of the day’.

Supplier: Lufthansa
Program name: PartnerPlusBenefit
Benefits and terms: This free-to-join loyalty program is open to companies of all sizes. When members book with Lufthansa or one of its partner airlines – including United – they earn BenefitPoints depending on booking class and destination. Points can be spent on rewards such as free flights, upgrades, ancillary products, discounts on future flights, lounge access, products from the WorldShop, or Sixt car rental vouchers.

Supplier: Qatar Airways
Program name: Beyond Business
Benefits and terms: Beyond Business gives customers access to discounted fares. It has five tiers depending on spend, with the two highest including benefits such as Priviledge Club tier offers and priority baggage. Customers can earn one to three Qrewards for every dollar spent, dependent on their tier.

Supplier: SAS
Program name: SAS For Business
Benefits and terms: For businesses with a minimum spend of 500,000 Swedish Kronor (around € 47,800), SAS offers instant discounts on flights to qualifying destinations within Europe, the US and Asia. Companies are placed into tiers depending on their spend, with each successive level offering greater discounts.

Supplier: Singapore Airlines
Program name: HighFlyer
Benefits and terms: SIA merged its two corporate programs in 2021. Customers can earn HighFlyer points on eligible Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights (and individual flyers will still earn KrisFlyer miles), with preferential fares available according to the membership tier (which depends on annual spend). Points can be spent on ancillary products, reward flights, or vouchers to spend with partner airlines.

Supplier: TAP Air Portugal
Program name: TAP Corporate
Benefits and terms: This program is free of charge and has no minimum spend requirement. Every flight with TAP earns ‘balance’, which can be used to pay for future flights, either in full or for part of the fare, as well as services and other TAP products. Balance is calculated by the value of the fare plus the airline surcharge.

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