Tax and frequent flyer points
Are there fringe benefits tax implications of transferring loyalty points? Image: Mohamed Hassan on Pixabay.

Business rewards programs such as Qantas Business Rewards have become increasingly popular in recent years. With Qantas Business Rewards, points are earned by the business and can then be transferred to anyone including employees. But does this have any Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) implications?

It’s generally considered that points earned by employees in their personal frequent flyer accounts from work travel are not subject to fringe benefits tax. But there are some situations where points rewarded to an employee by their employer could be. In this podcast, Matt tries to make sense of this complex and often poorly understand issue.

Also in Episode 61 of the AFF on AIR podcast, Matt gives an update on the trans-Tasman travel bubble and explains how you could renew Virgin Australia Gold status for under $1,000 thanks to a generous new Velocity Frequent Flyer promotion.


Listen now to AFF on AIR Episode 61: “Frequent Flyer Points & FBT”

You can also view the episode notes. If you’d like to discuss this episode, ask Matt a question or suggest a topic for a future episode, you can join the discussion on the AFF on Air Discussion thread.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

You can contact Matt at [email protected]


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