Aviation

Qantas unveils tasty Frequent Flyer change

Christian Fleetwood

Christian Fleetwood

Travellers can now earn Qantas Points by dining out around the world, the airline has announced.

Thanks to a new partnership with Quandoo – a global restaurant reservation platform for more than 18,000 restaurants – Qantas Frequent Flyer is giving travellers the ability to earn Qantas Points from restaurant reservations.

The collaboration, which applies particularly to frequent flyers in Australia, but also around the world, enables Qantas Points to be earned by making reservations through the Qantas Restaurants portal on Qantas.com and the Qantas app.

Qantas Frequent Flyers can earn 100 points per person, per booking across 18,000 restaurant partners in more than 12 countries.

The partnership marks a return to points-earning in restaurants by Qantas after the airline ended its agreement with Dimmi and Rockpool Dining Group restaurants last year. It also marks the the first occasion the airline has given customers the ability to earn Qantas Points on international restaurant bookings.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said the opportunity to earn points on restaurant bookings would be welcomed by frequent flyers.

“We know how much our frequent flyers like to dine out, so rewarding them with Qantas Points for eating at their favourite local restaurant or somewhere special while they’re on holiday is going to be a real drawcard,” she said.

“Food and wine constantly rank as some of the top interests for our members, so we have been looking carefully at how we can offer a rewarding experience that is easy to use. 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.

“Members can also maximise their points earn when dining out by paying the bill on their Qantas Points earning credit card.”

Quandoo has seated 180 million diners in over 18,000 restaurants around the world since its founding in 2012. Headquartered in Berlin, the online restaurant booking tool lists dining options ranging from independent to chains and Michelin starred restaurants.

Paul Hadida, vice president for the Asia Pacific at Quandoo, said the company was excited by the partnership with Qantas Frequent Flyer.

“Offering our customers a seamless end to end dining experience is paramount,” he said.

“Being able to partner with Qantas will allow us to provide additional benefits to our customers, as well as generating further traffic to our restaurant partners, both locally and globally.

“This is something we are truly excited about.”

The announcement of yet another change to Qantas Frequent Flyer Program comes after the airline recently made more rewards seats available, while increasing the number of points required to grab premium seats, as reported by The Nibbler’s sister publication, Travel Weekly.

At the time, it said this represented the biggest transformation the Frequent Flyer Program has seen since its launch 32 years ago.

According to Travel Weekly, Virgin Australia responded by commissioning a very cheeky billboard outside Sydney Domestic Airport taking aim at Qantas’ frequent flyer overhaul, which included one million new reward seats.

Qantas, however, stands by the hype it created over the loyalty shake-up. You can read what Qantas had to say about Virgin Australia’s cheeky clap-back here.


SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

News

Loophole discovered in WA quarantine requirements for international arrivals

Travellers looking to avoid hotel quarantine in Western Australia can now sneak in round the back. But why would you? Who doesn’t love the little shampoos and soaps they give you?

Share

CommentComments

News

Britain scraps all COVID travel tests for UK entry

Travellers to the UK will no longer be greeted with a PCR test shoved up their nose, just the usual array of commotion and disarray that we all miss about travelling.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

BREAKING: Intrepid grows US tours by 400 per cent with new acquisition

The tour operator has been busy using its downtime to accelerate investment in this massively popular sector.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Travel Agents

Travel agents’ national day of action highlights cruise industry struggle

Travel agents took to the streets earlier this week, just like they did in the ’60s but with far less groovy outfits, little to no Jimi Hendrix music, and not a ‘jazz cigarette’ in sight.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid employees given choice to work on public holiday, Natalie Kidd explains why

As many Australian’s took to the streets yesterday, in both protest and celebration, a few companies chose a different approach: business as usual. Here’s why.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Spritz of Australia: Qantas gets its own signature cocktail

The national carrier now has a delicious spritz available on its overseas flights, just in case you’re looking for a new way to get hammered at 36,000 feet.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Accor appoints new Pacific boss, announces massive openings for 2022

Sarah Derry will take the helm as the hotel giant prepares for three major openings in the Pacific, so no pressure or anything.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

“Abducted by luxurious pirates!” Crystal Cruises ship heads to Bahamas after US issues arrest warrant

The Crystal Symphony is channelling its inner OJ Simpson by running from the law. Unfortunately the cruise ship doesn’t have Al Cowlings by its side to keep it going.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

United Airlines flight turned back after passengers start a “riot”

These two unruly passengers decided “if I can’t have business class seats, then no one can have business class seats!”

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Scoot to resume Singapore-Gold Coast flights in February

Ready your wallets, because this may be one of the more expensive Valentine’s Days with a spontaneous venture to south-east Asia.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel workers stage national day of action urging politicians to introduce AFTA’s recovery package

Travel industry folk across the country are participating in a National Travel Day of Action outside the offices of key federal and state parliamentarians today to speak up about the industry’s unique struggle.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Club Med’s Pacific boss speak out against WA’s delayed reopening

The kings of the all-inclusive holidays have signalled their support for WA’s travel agent community, blowing a big raspberry in Premier McGowan’s direction.

Share

CommentComments