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Qantas is shutting down its Qantas Restaurants scheme which allowed diners to earn frequent flyer points with every meal.
The program encouraged Qantas frequent flyers to book a table at over 4,000 restaurants, with the person making the booking earning 100 Qantas Points for each member of the group. Not a large serve of points in itself, but still handy for business lunches and dinners, and add that to what you'd earn by paying the bill with the right Qantas partner credit card and that's better than a poke in the eye with a breadstick.
“Our research has shown us that the majority of our members have great enthusiasm for dining on a regular basis and do so both personally and professionally," espoused then-Qantas Loyalty CEO Lesley Grant when the scheme debuted in February 2014.
Qantas Restaurants was an early feather in the cap of Australian restaurant booking website Dimmi, which in May 2015 was sold to travel colossus TripAdvisor for an estimated A$25 million.
However, the Qantas Restaurants service will close from January 1 2019 - tables can be booked up until 31st December 2018, but you'll need to dine before 31st January 2019.
Qantas is believed to be following up new opportunities to reward frequent flyers for dining out.
Qantas Points can still be earned through the 60-odd outlets of the Rockpool Dining Group empire, at rates from two points per dollar spent at 'premium and casual restaurants' such as Rockpool Bar & Grill, Spice Temple, Rosetta Ristorante and Fratelli Fresh, with one point per dollar at 'fast casual restaurants' such as Burger Project.
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