Britain’s mega carrier, British Airways has restated its commitment to growth of SME’s in Nigeria by announcing the re-launch of its ‘On Business’ loyalty programme for growing Businesses.
The event, which was very successful, with over 100 guests and business owners in attendance, took place at the Eko Hotels and Suites on October 8, 2015.
The “On Business Loyalty Programme” is designed to help growing businesses make the most of their travel budget, with the company’s employees accumulating points any time they travel, with the points earned, redeemable for valuable travel benefits at a later date.
Speaking at the event, British Airways Regional Commercial Manager, West Africa, Mr Kola Olayinka, described ‘On Business’ as a reward programme which allows company representatives to fly and attend meetings with clients when they need to, at an affordable rate and with opportunity to deeper savings and collection of valuable points to extend even deeper Travels.
“At British Airways, we understand the needs of growing businesses. We constantly strive for innovative ways of ensuring that our customers enjoy maximum comfort and earn exclusive benefits and rewards. Furthermore, the partnership between British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines allows On Business members to benefit from collecting and spending across all three airlines under one programme.
With On Business providing these rewards to our customers, members will now be able to collect and spend their points across all three airlines, which means access to more reward flights and upgrades, and Avios collecting for Executive Club and Iberia Plus members. The revitalised On Business will also meet better, the flying needs of this dynamic and growing sector. It will be simple to understand and easy to use, and as well improve the management of members’ travel costs, and reward their spend.” He said.
Shedding more light on the reason for the initiative, Manager, Corporate Sales, British Airways Nigeria, Mrs Adetutu Otuyalo commenting on the incentive said that: “We came up with the “On Business” program so that growing businesses no longer have to fret about the high costs of business travel. This programme allows company representatives to fly and attend meetings with clients if they need to.”
Present at the event was the Deputy British High Commission, Mr Ray Kyles who put a government slant on the event said there is scope for more cooperation between the British and Nigerian Governments to deepen intergovernmental cooperation on development of growing business. Mr Kyles said at both the Nigerian end and the UK, the opportunities are enormous for more support and cooperation.
Loyal British Airways customer and renowned Chief Executive Officer of a successful interior decorator company, Mrs. Tolu Pinheiro also spoke about her experience using On Business, and lauded British Airways for their constantly refreshing their offerings and launching nnovative initiative for the Nigerian Market.
“About four years ago, I won the On Business grant, which was a free ticket from British Airways to anywhere in the world. I decided to choose China for the purchase of things that I needed for my business. I am pleased to be a beneficiary of the On Business Initiative and I applaud British Airways for consistently thrilling its customers with fresh, innovative, and rewarding initiatives such as this,” she said.
To enrol in the ‘On Business’ programme, interested companies must enrol in the country where they have a registered business. Employees of companies signed up to programme can accumulate On Business points for company travels on all British Airways, Iberia and American Airlines flights; and redeem the points for free flights, upgrades or travel benefits at a later date.
The free loyalty programme re-launched globally in 2009, and was extended to Nigeria in 2010, to help emerging businesses make the most of their travel budgets, while guaranteeing unrivalled access to a vast network of travel destinations worldwide and money savings, now promises even more rewarding benefits.
On Business has helped businesses save over N10bn on flights (£30 million) worldwide since the programme was introduced in 2009.