Qantas Restaurants reboot: earn frequent flyer points when you dine

Scoop up Qantas Points when you dine out at restaurants across Australia and around the world.

By Chris Chamberlin, August 14 2019

Qantas Frequent Flyer members will once again be able to earn Qantas Points on restaurant reservations with the Roo revamping its Qantas Restaurants scheme with a new global partner, Quandoo.

Launching August 15 and covering 18,000 restaurants across 12 countries, booking a table will provide 100 Qantas Points per person per booking, whether enjoying a meal at an upscale or even Michelin-starred restaurant, or somewhere more casual for a quick bite.

That's the same earn rate as through Qantas' previous restaurant partnership with Dimmi, but on a much broader scale, being the first time Qantas Points have been offered on restaurant bookings outside of Australia.

To earn points, reservations must be made through the Qantas Restaurants website or the Qantas mobile app. Any bookings made directly with the restaurant, via credit card or hotel concierge services or directly on other booking websites are ineligible.

"Food and wine constantly rank as some of the top interests for our members," said Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth.

"The ability to now earn points for booking restaurants overseas is a great addition to people’s travel experience and helps get them closer to their dream trip."

Earning points when you 'wine and dine' has been a somewhat bumpy road for Qantas Loyalty, which initially awarded Qantas Points based on dollars spent at participating restaurants, before scrapping that and awarding a fixed number of Qantas Points per diner instead, when booked online.

That scheme was shuttered in January 2019, while a separate partnership with The Rockpool Dining Group will come to an end on Friday August 16, which allowed members to earn and spend Qantas Points at the Group's restaurants.

Rival Virgin Australia also recently ended its tie-up with online restaurant reservation website OpenTable, through which Velocity members could earn 300 points per booking, regardless of the number of diners.

Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Concorde1990

Concorde1990

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 65

Yay! Brunches, lunches & dinners are rewarding in more ways than one, once again

GSP

GSP

24 Feb 2017

Total posts 10

Great this is back. I can't find anywhere for you to enter your QFF details. Am I missing something?

hakkinen5

hakkinen5

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Aug 2014

Total posts 95

As I've said before, a couple of hundred FF points is not going to have any bearing on which restaurants I dine in. Perhaps I am in the minority? But then again, with the problems Qantas have had with this scheme, maybe not.

Steve987

Steve987

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 251

They are buying your data with this program. It is not expected to change your dining habits in the way a more limited offering was, it is expected to change how you make the reservation so Qantas and their partner can work out what you like to eat, where you travel to (and when it is not with Qantas!), how often you eat out, with how many people etc etc

Concorde1990

Concorde1990

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 65

So does your credit card, Woolworths Rewards, Flybys, Rewardle, Skip, Qantas Online Mall...

No such thing as something for nothing. Unless you're cash only; you're being tracked. Might as well get a little something for your data.

Concorde1990

Concorde1990

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 65

You've never been one or two hundred short of a reward flight? Every point counts to me. It doesn't change how and when I dine, but since I am...

(Almost) weekly catch up: 8 places = 800 points x 40 = 32,000 points (regardless that I often spend less than $5 (not counting points from payment with Amex: approx another 7 or more points)

(Almost) weekly coffee/brunch: 1-3 places = average 150 points x 40 = 6,000 points (regardless that I often spend less than $5 (not counting points from payment with Amex: approx another 7 or more points)

38,000 is not a F on MEL LHR. But it's a few upgrades on domestic flights or a J and Y flight between MEL and BNE (24,000 + 12,000)

Every time someone suggests a dinner, brunch, lunch or coffee, it's an opportunity to earn a few extra hundred points. I book ahead, I get the points and we get a guaranteed table. Everyone's happy

Concorde1990

Concorde1990

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 65

Wondering if anyone has tried to use this platform?

I have. It's USELESS and has very few dining options!

Epic FAIL Qantas! Bring back Dimmi!


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