Now you have a reason to eat even more

The more you eat, the more you’ll be earning under a newly devised point initiative launched by the Qantas Frequent Flyer program.

As of this Thursday, members of the loyalty program will be rewarded for booking a reservation and dining at selected restaurants in Australia, and around the world.

In a partnership with restaurant booking platform Quandoo, it’s the first time members of the rewards program will have the opportunity to earn points while they eat at around 18000 restaurants around the world.

The new partnership follows the airline’s frequent flyer overhaul launch in June, which was the biggest shakeup the program had seen in its 32-year-history.

Speaking to media in Sydney on Tuesday, Qantas Loyalty Chief Executive Officer Olivia Wirth said members will be able to earn 100 points per person, per booking when making a reservation under the new partnership. So, for a group of six diners, you’d be walking away with 600 points.

Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth speaks during a Frequent Flyer program announcement at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Picture: AAP/Dan HimbrechtsSource:AAP

“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 are on holiday is going to be a real drawcard,” Ms Wirth said.

“Food and wine constantly rank as some of the top interests for our members…the ability to now earn points for booking restaurants overseas is a great addition to people’s travel experience.“

Last month, Qantas announced they’d severed ties with the Rockpool Dining Group, meaning members would no longer be able to earn or use Qantas Points directly with restaurants under that banner, including popular eateries Spice Temple, Fratelli Fresh, Burger Project and Rockpool Bar & Grill. The last day you can dine and earn or use Qantas Points with Rockpool Dining Group is 15 August 2019, the same day members can start earning points by booking through Quandoo partnership.

In June, the Qantas Frequent Flyer program unveiled a number of substantial changes which impacted its 12.7 million members.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce and Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney. Picture: AAP/Dan HimbrechtsSource:AAP

Rolled out over the next 12 months, the new changes focused not on how people earn points, but instead change the way they redeem them on Qantas flights.

Under the substantial changes, there will be more seats available to redeem and fees will be slashed, but if you’re hoping to upgrade to a premium cabin, it will cost you more in points.

Along with the in-flight changes, there is another aspirational club most of us won’t get into to — a new lifetime membership described as possibly being “even more exclusive than the Chairman’s Lounge”.

Qantas plane. Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Picture: QantasSource:Supplied

The Qantas announcement follows the decision that Virgin Velocity members will no longer be able to earn points when making an OpenTable restaurant bookings.

Prior to the announcement in July, Velocity members were able to earn 300 points for every restaurant table booked on the Open Table platform.

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