How to Earn Points Dining Out (or In)There are many ways to earn frequent flyer points without setting foot on a plane! You can earn points for shopping with your credit card, booking Airbnb accommodation, riding with Uber and even for buying wine. But did you know that you could also be earning frequent flyer points every time you eat out… or order takeaway food?

Here are 5 ways to earn points dining out (or in)… on top of any points earned by paying with your credit card:

1. Earn Qantas Points with Qantas Restaurants

You could be earning points just for reserving a table at a restaurant! Qantas partners with over 4,000 restaurants across Australia. Each time you make a reservation through Qantas Restaurants, you’ll earn 100 Qantas points for every diner! So if you’re planning to eat out, why not check if the restaurant is listed? Qantas Restaurants is powered by Dimmi, so any restaurant listed on the Dimmi website will also be available via Qantas Restaurants.

Note: Qantas Restaurants will cease operating on 31 December 2018.

2. Earn Velocity Points with OpenTable

You can also earn Virgin Velocity points for booking a restaurant through OpenTable. You’ll earn 300 Velocity points per reservation, regardless of the number of diners in your group. Hundreds of Australian restaurants partner with OpenTable, although there are fewer restaurants available than Qantas Restaurants. (As with Qantas Restaurants, it goes without saying that you’ll only receive the points if you honour the booking!)

3. Earn Qantas Points with Rockpool Dining Group

Neil Perry is Qantas’ resident celebrity chef, so it’s only natural that you can also earn (or redeem) Qantas points at any of his Rockpool group of restaurants. Earn points dining at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Bavarian Bier Cafe, Spice Temple, Burger Project and more. You’ll earn 1 point per dollar at fast-casual restaurants or 2 points per dollar spent at premium venues. (Double points were being offered until 31 May 2018.) You can also redeem Qantas points at Rockpool Dining Group venues. But we’d suggest that there are better ways to spend 4,000 Qantas points than a $20 discount off your restaurant bill.

Join the Rockpool Dining Group discussion on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: Earning QFF points at Rockpool Group Restaurants

4. Earn Qantas Points with Deliveroo

Eating in? You can earn frequent flyer points for that too! Qantas partners with Deliveroo, a food delivery service. If you’re a first-time Deliveroo customer, you can earn 1,000 Qantas points by quoting your Qantas Frequent Flyer number with your first order. Existing customers can earn 200 Qantas points for ordering at least 4 times in a month.

5. Earn Velocity Points or KrisFlyer Miles with Menulog

You can also earn points dining in with Menulog, an online ordering platform. Menulog partners with over 7,500 restaurants in Australia! With Menulog you can order takeaway food for both pick-up and delivery. When ordering through Menulog, click through from the Velocity eStore to earn 2 Velocity points per dollar. Menulog is also a KrisFlyer Spree partner in Australia! You can earn 12 Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles for the equivalent of every USD10 spent.

Join the discussion on Deliveroo and Menulog on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: I’m hungry!

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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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