Qantas Restaurants scheme to close January 2019

Qantas Restaurants scheme to close January 2019

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.

David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

11 comments

  • flyme2themoon

    flyme2themoon

    23 Nov, 2018 08:38 am

    That’s a shame - I found it a great way of earning points particularly when organising work lunches and dinners.
    No member give thanks

  • Mark Bringans

    Briggo

    23 Nov, 2018 03:26 pm

    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.
    No member give thanks

  • Chun Wah Dou

    Pallydou

    23 Nov, 2018 11:40 am

    What a shame - that's the only way I can keep my QFF account alive.
    No member give thanks

  • reeves35

    reeves35

    23 Nov, 2018 01:15 pm

    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.
    No member give thanks

  • M S

    Strange

    23 Nov, 2018 01:56 pm

    Seriously if that's the only reason you keep a QFF account alive why bother....
    No member give thanks

  • mannej

    mannej

    23 Nov, 2018 03:40 pm

    There are other simple ways, do you shop online at places like eBay?
    No member give thanks

  • RyanK

    RyanK

    23 Nov, 2018 12:57 pm

    Hopefully they come with a new dining program or partnership
    No member give thanks

  • michael blazewicz

    blaz

    23 Nov, 2018 03:21 pm

    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.
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  • Nate Webster

    Concorde1990

    23 Nov, 2018 07:37 pm

    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?
    No member give thanks

  • Steve987

    Steve987

    24 Nov, 2018 11:19 am

    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
    No member give thanks

  • Sean M

    Murdos

    23 Jan, 2019 09:20 pm

    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...
    No member give thanks

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23 Mar, 2019 06:27 pm

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