Qantas launches Frequent Flyer Diners Club + MasterCard combo plastic

By David Flynn, November 15 2012

Another piece of points-earning plastic touches down today with the launch of a new Qantas Frequent Flyer Diners Club card.

This one comes with an interesting twist: you also get a MasterCard that's attached to your Diners Club card account, to use at the many shops and restaurants where Diner's Club is not accepted. However, you won't earn as many frequent flyer points when you swipe the MasterCard.

So how do the points stack up?

You get 1.5 Qantas Frequent Flyer points per dollar for the first $60,000 spent each year on 'eligible purchases' on the Diners Club, and 1.25 points per dollar over the $60k mark.

Use the bundled MasterCard and you'll earn 1 Qantas Frequent Flyer point per dollar for the first $60,000 spent each year, and 0.75 points per dollar beyond that.

The cost of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Diners Club card with World MasterCard account – and isn't that a mouthful! – comes in at $260 for the first card and $50 for a supplementary card.

The Diners Club card also opens the door at over 450 international airport lounges, as well as providing travel insurance and a discounted limousine service.

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David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

madge

madge

07 Aug 2012

Total posts 197

Sounds like an admission from Diners Club that their acceptance is dismal.

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 728

Diners Club! That takes me back... we cancelled ours after Ansett collapsed (taking all the Global Rewards points with it). Do many normal stores even accept DC anymore? Most retail workers under 30 wouldn't know what one looked like. 

David

David

24 Oct 2010

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Oh, I share your pain... I was sitting on a tonne of points when Ansett went belly-up! :(

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 728

Oh - they issue you with two cards, not a DC that doubles as a MC. 

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2322

Hi Tronix: yeah, I've tweaked the text to make the fact that it's two cards more clear, good point! 

AlG

AlG

04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

I guess Diner's Club must be a shrinking market these days, I certainly would not even use Amex, a normal MasterCard does fine for me.

bobcat123

bobcat123

19 Mar 2011

Total posts 7

I don't see how this new Diners product differs from any other combined Qantas AMEX+VISA/MC card product out there.

They should have launched something with mega benefits so that they could begin to capture the hoards of people who are switching out from the once famed AMEX Platinum Charge card due to their eroded benefits. I think they have missed a great opportunity to utilise the power of their retro brand.

Who want to constantly deal with "Oh is that a Diners Club, I thought they closed down" everytime they use it, without any major benefit for doing so.

I'm manage people's loyalty programs to maximise their benefits and I'm not excited about this one.

(My opinions of course)

521303

521303

03 Jan 2012

Total posts 83

Could you tell me where I find the list of the 450 international airport lounges that this will get me into?

johnaboxall

johnaboxall

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 728

http://www.dinersclub.com/airport-lounges.html

here2go

here2go

Qantas

10 Sep 2011

Total posts 162

The reason for handing out Mastercard is to have everything on the one account.  Amex and Diners have a big advantage over M/C and Visa - their statements for ABN Customers double as a tax invoice where the transactions are accredited.  This is why Diners is used by the Commonwealth for Travel.  The tax issue for vendors with mixed supplies (example, Coles) means retaining receipts for them.  However, overall as Business travel cards, Diners along with Amex is far superior to Mastercard and Visa.

Mlee

Mlee

11 Aug 2012

Total posts 1

Why wouldn't you use diners. No annual fee , no charges at all  ( providing you pay balance monthly ) and you get ff points . I use this card as much as possible. 


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