Qantas Restaurants scheme to close January 2019

By David Flynn, November 23 2018

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.

Here are Australia's best Qantas Frequent Flyer credit card sign-up deals for November, earning up to 120,000 bonus Qantas Points from a single new credit card.

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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.

flyme2themoon

flyme2themoon

23 Apr 2015

Total posts 8

That’s a shame - I found it a great way of earning points particularly when organising work lunches and dinners.

Briggo

Briggo

13 Feb 2015

Total posts 61

The RDG partnership is still there. One has to be focused in the silly season, especially at the Xmas party when in the spirit of thinking of ones colleagues at this festive time of year... I paid for the table with my company CC.

Pallydou

Pallydou

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

02 Jul 2018

Total posts 35

What a shame - that's the only way I can keep my QFF account alive.

reeves35

reeves35

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 535

Shopping at Woolies is probably easier if all you want to do is keep your account ticking.over so the points don't drop off.

MKS11

MKS11

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Oct 2016

Total posts 36

Seriously if that's the only reason you keep a QFF account alive why bother....

mannej

mannej

QF

21 May 2014

Total posts 24

There are other simple ways, do you shop online at places like eBay?

RyanK

RyanK

01 May 2018

Total posts 9

Hopefully they come with a new dining program or partnership

blaz

blaz

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Jul 2018

Total posts 28

If you like quality wines, go to Qantas wine to keep your account "alive" . Some of their specials can give you back the cost of the wine in the form of bonus points. (Basing the value of a thousand points as being worth $30 in exchange for an international business class flight.) This will keep your QFF account alive, your cellar full, and go towards your next vacation.

Concorde1990

Concorde1990

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Nov 2018

Total posts 70

What a pity, I used this quite often. I never snub my nose at a chance of earning extra points for thing I already do. The only change in my behaviour was that now I use Qantas Restaurants to book my favourite restaurants rather than call. I wonder how many I can squeeze in before I head overseas?

Steve987

Steve987

23 Feb 2015

Total posts 253

As long as the Rockpool points are still there. I never used this program so ambivalent re it’s closure, but the Rockpool one I use a lot

Murdos

Murdos

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

23 Jan 2019

Total posts 1

Such a shame that Qantas has dropped Dimmi (which is now re-branded to 'The Fork').

We eat out a lot and i always organise the brunches, lunches, dinner and drinks and I used Qantas Restaurants a lot. Like 35,000+ points a year a lot.

Hopefully QFF will come up with another good offering. Not sure what because Qantas used Dimmi as their backend and Virgin already use OpenTable which is the other main booking player. Maybe Qantas will partner with ResDiary directly...


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