Qantas Restaurants takes frequent flyer points off the table
Points are off the menu as Qantas’ online restaurant booking service closes down.
Dining out and earning Qantas Points may be a match made in heaven for frequent flyer foodies, but booking a table through Qantas Restaurants is no longer going to give you a side serve of points for your next upgrade.
The airline has shut down its Qantas Restaurants platform, launched in 2019 with booking partner Quandoo to let diners make a reservation at some 18,000 restaurants worldwide and pocket Qantas Points in the process at a rate of 100 Qantas Points per person, per booking.
While not a huge points earner, it found favour as yet another way to keep those points steadily mounting up even when you’re on the ground.
The airline is now advising “effective from 1 April 2023, Qantas Frequent Flyers can no longer earn Qantas Points via Qantas Restaurants, powered by Quandoo.”
The same ‘no Qantas Points for you’ rule also extends to the Quandoo restaurant reservation platform itself.
Executive Traveller understands Qantas remains hungry for a slice of the dining market and is now examining new partnership opportunities in this space.
Qantas’ sole points-earning partner restaurants are now those run by the Seagrass Hospitality Group – specifically Meat & Wine Co, 6 Head, Hunter & Barrel, Ribs & Burgers and Italian Street Kitchen.
Earning rates at these remain as follows
- 3 Qantas Points per dollar at ‘premium’ venues 6Head, Hunter & Barrel and The Meat & Wine Co
- 2 Qantas Points per dollar at mainstream outlets Ribs & Burgers and Italian Street Kitchen
To collect points at any of those venues, scan your Qantas Frequent Flyer card before paying your bill (and make it clear to staff you’re scanning your Qantas card to earn points, not to pay for your meal with points!)
Notably, the Qantas partnership doesn’t extend to the popular Five Guys burger chain, for which Seagrass holds the Australian franchise.
Rival Virgin Australia maintains an ongoing partnership with Menulog through its Velocity e-store, allowing frequent flyers to earn 1 Velocity Point per $1 spent on online orders at over 30,000 restaurants across Australia.
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Qantas have tried the “earn points discount dining” concept a few times and both have ended closing shop. I don’t think earning FF points is a driver for people choosing where they dine and making the booking is such a transaction. It’s so different to the online shopping mall which is A LOT more fun, more consumer driven and significantly more choices. The restaurants represented will get the business anyway and now not have to pay Qantas FF for the points and that makes better business sense.