Another one bites the dust. After Velocity announced that it will end the ability to earn Velocity Points on OpenTable restaurant bookings from later this month, Qantas has followed suit.
The change was announced on the Rockpool website:
Effective 15 August 2019, Qantas Frequent Flyer members can no longer earn or use Qantas Points directly with Rockpool Dining Group. The last day you can dine and earn or use Qantas Points with Rockpool Dining Group is 15 August 2019.
This comes after Qantas’ decision to close its Qantas Restaurants program run through Dimmi at the end of last year.
How to earn frequent flyer points on restaurant bookings in Australia
Earn Velocity Points with OpenTable
This partnership will end on 20 July 2019.
Until then, you can earn 300 points per ‘honoured reservation’ (i.e. you cannot cancel or modify or be a no-show). You must book through this link (you cannot book through the OpenTable app or regular website).
Earn Qantas Points at Rockpool Restaurants
This partnership will end on 15 August 2019.
Until then, you can earn 1-2 Qantas Points per $ spent when dining at Rockpool Dining Group restaurants. These include restaurants such as Spice Temple, Fratelli Fresh and Rockpool Bar & Grill.
The earn rates are:
- 2 points per $1 spent at Premium and Casual restaurants
Includes: Bar Patron, Spice Temple, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sake Restaurant & Bar, Rosetta Ristorante, Cut Bar & Grill, Fratelli Fresh, Munich Brauhaus, Bavarian Bier Cafe, The Bavarian
- 1 point per $1 spent at Fast Casual restaurants
Includes: Burger Project & Fratelli Famous
A majority of these restaurants are located in Sydney, with a lesser number in other cities and towns. If you live outside Sydney, you will likely find it difficult to find a participating restaurant.
Further information regarding the partnership can be found here.
Earn Qantas or Velocity Points with Deliveroo or Menulog
Qantas and Velocity Frequent Flyers can earn points when ordering food through the delivery platforms Deliveroo and Menulog, respectively.
A comparison of these earning opportunities can be found here.
It’s a shame to see Qantas and Velocity both reducing their points-earning opportunities when dining out. Qantas Restaurants used to offer bonus points at over 4,000 restaurants throughout Australia, then the 60 or so Rockpool-affiliated ones were cut out too.
If you are looking to earn points on food, you’ll now get more when ordering food and eating at home, which takes some of the fun out of it.