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Current Dining Bonuses, including 1,000 free AA, United, US and Delta Miles for New Members

by on August 17, 2011 · 51 comments

in Alaska, American, Delta, Dining Programs, United, US Airways

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If you aren’t currently enrolled in the AAdvantage Dining program, now may be a great time to join. I’ve long extolled the benefits of dining programs – in fact I see no reason not to participate. It’s free miles for doing something we all do – eat. And remember, if you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred card, you earn 2 points for every dollar spent on dining, plus the bonus miles for dining at a restaurant that participates in a dining program.

Here is a rundown of the current promotions. You can sign-up for more than one program, but you can only have one program assigned to a particular credit card. If you try to use the same credit card on two dining programs, it’ll automatically only keep your registration from the last one you attached the card to. However, you can have different credit and debit cards attached to different programs. Even if you are currently a Delta Dining member, you can join American dining and get the new member bonus.

Rundown:
American AAdvantage Dining1,000 points for new members when you spend $30 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days and complete an online review.

AA New Member 1,000 Point Bonus

Alaska Mileage Plan Dining: 1,000 points for new members when you spend $25 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days.

Delta SkyMiles Dining: 1,200 points for new members when you spend $25 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days and complete an online review.
Update: For new and existing members: Up to 7,500 miles for dines.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining: 300 points for new members when you spend $25 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days and complete an online review.

United Mileage Plus Dining: 1,000 points for new members when you spend $50 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days and complete an online review.
Update: United promo (potentially targeted): Earn miles for partner activity, including dining

US Airways Dividend Miles Dining: 1,000 points for new members: 500 points when you spend $25 and 500 more on the second $25 dine within the first 45 days and complete online reviews. Note: I recommend waiting until we hear 2011 Grand Slam details before doing any dining activity since that will likely be a qualifying activity.

Hotel/Other programs:
Hilton HHonors Dining: 1,000 points for new members when you spend $30 or more on a single dine within the first 30 days and complete an online review.

Priority Club Dining: 500 points for new members when you spend $25 or more on a single dine within the first 45 days.

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  • Jon S

    You missed this ongoing United dining promo: 1,000 bonus miles after 2 to 4 transactions, including dining, unlimited number of times you can earn the miles for a few months. I got the 1000 after every 2 deal, seems like others are less lucky.

    Go to http://united.com/monthsofmiles to register

  • http://twitter.com/MoSchnitz Moshe Billet

    If one is enrolled in multiple dining programs with the same card (Ex. AA Dining and Delta Dining), will they get points from both dining programs if the restaurant I eat at is listed in both the AA and Delta Dining databases?

  • Matthew Adams

    Must be targeted. Told me my account is not eligible.

  • Anonymous

    You can only have 1 card registered to one dining program.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! I’ll add this

  • Afkabp

    Make sure you get the Rewards Dining iPhone App. It can use your current location and tell you places in the area that participate. I use it all the time while traveling.

  • Kevin

    It’s all the same database, the restaurants belong to the Rewards Network dining program. Where the miles go is based on what credit card you have linked to which frequent flyer program. (You also can’t register a card with multiple programs, if you have a card in the AA program and add it into the Delta program as well, their systems will unlink that card from the AA program as an example.)

  • Jon S

    hmm weird. I was not targeted and signed up through that link. Haven’t heard of anyone not being eligible

  • Anonymous

    I plan on triple dipping in the dining programs. I am into AA and Hilton, and I have not signed upf or any dining programs yet but was planning to take my wife to a restaurant we both love and is on the list. I am going to sign us both up for AA and one of my cards for Hilton. It is not difficult at this place with tax and tip to hit $100. Since at this restaurant it’s $30 to get your dining credit, I am going to hand them all 3 registered cards when I pay the bill and that should split it up so $30 is on each card (at least). That way it should yield 2,000 AA miles (1k each wife and me) and 1k Hilton. Just wanted to put the idea out there….

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a good plan to me!

  • Asha

    TIP: If you and have another person registered on your american express make sure to put all their numbers down. I realized I was getting no I-Dine points on using AMX and realized that his was different number than mine. Like my Chase cards were the same. I called I-dine and sent them the statement. We just don’t think about these things until it is too late.

    Thanks,
    Asha

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    Be careful if you have multiple SM/AA accounts. For example, when you assign a credit card number previously associated with a given SM number to a new SM number, the transaction history from the first SM association transfers to the new SM number AND disables the logon for the original Rewards Dining CC to SM/AA association. Once a credit card is established within Rewards Dining, it creates a permanent profile irrespective of the SM/AA number it is associated with, which makes you ineligible for the 1K points promo even if you are assigning that CC to a brand new SM/AA account number. Deleting the CC to SM/AA association does NOT delete the CC profile in the Rewards Dining System

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    Another Tip is to cross-reference scoutmob and Groupon to the Rewards Dining list. Yes, it reduces points accumulation, but increases cash in your wallet

  • Bas

    No chance for a non-US resident travelling on a regular basis
    to the US to join one of these programs? At least, that’s what I read in the terms. Any ideas on how to be eligable to join anyway?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe just try registering a US address?

  • Outs

    You mean ANY address? I don’t have any relatives or friends living in the states :(

  • http://twitter.com/MaksFS Maksim Netrebov

    Same for me. Told me my account was not eligible.

  • Bas

    Sorry, wrong ID posted. The post above was from “Bas”

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    accounts are not eligible if you have previously created a profile with that credit card number. Create a profile with a different credit card never previously used in Rewards Dining, then link that profile to your existing SM or AA number. Your account will post with a welcome message followed by a promotion eligibility message

  • BigRedBears

    While using different programs might be interesting if you are trying to maximize particular miles AND they are running bonus promotion, I will argue that the optimal strategy is signing up for only 1 of the programs (AAdvantage Dining) combined with CitiForward Visa.

    AAdvantage Dining program’s highest tier gives 15% back and CitiForward gives 5% in ThankYou points = total 20% back.

    Current Delta SkyMiles Dining 7500 miles promotion is actually 25% better.
    If you are VIPMember, spending $500 ($50 on 10 eligible dines) gives you 2500 base miles ($500 x5 miles per $1) + 7500 bonus miles = 10,000 total miles. Using CitiForward gives another 2500 ThankYou Points for a total of 12500 miles/points or $125 equivalent

    If you just registered with SkyMiles Dining, math ends up being the same:
    You only get 3 miles per $1 as Online Member, but you get 1000 miles sign up bonus, which translates in 1500 base miles + 7500 bonus miles + 1000 new member miles + 2500 ThankYou points = 12500 miles/points or $125 equivalent

    Spending the same amount with AAdvantage Dining would produce $75 ($500*15%) + 2500 points or $100 equivalent

    Groupon/Restaurant.com/etc can provide further discount, but unfortunately there are not a lot of places I would consider/enjoy going.

  • http://twitter.com/rmohr Russell Mohr
  • bitachu

    As far as the hilton one goes….its 30$ within a month ..and doesnt have to be in one visit like the other ones..

    To earn this bonus, you must spend a total of $30 (including tax & tip) in any combination of dines at participating restaurants, bars or clubs within 30 days of registering for the bonus, and submit a review about the dine within 30 days of your dine

  • Anonymous

    To get the 1,000 miles for Delta SkyMiles Dining you DO NOT have to spend $25 on a SINGLE dine. Here is part of the Terms and conditions: “To earn this bonus, you must spend a total of $25 (including tax & tip) in any combination of dines at participating restaurants, bars or clubs within 30 days of registering for the bonus, and submit a review about each dine within 30 days of your dine. You must complete a review of your dine for the dine to count towards this bonus.”

  • Josephmay

    Please note: Just tried to sign up for the Skymiles 7,500. Message said I’m not eligible. So maybe somewhat targeted. I did participate in the feast for 5,000 their last bonus promo.

  • Jason

    Does anyone know if using a Delta Amex card in the Delta program will net both the regular miles from the card, as well as the Dining Bonus miles?

  • Josephmay

    Yes it sure will….

  • Benthelefty

    At restaurant.com you wouldn’t?? There are a LOT of decent places ($25/plate) that are on there…I have used coupons at many a romantic place with my g/f. Granted there are some cheap burger joints but you just gotta look a little harder :)

  • Mitch

    Brian, Which dining programme do credit to most frequently?

  • BRB

    I’m re-reading the last sentence of my post and trying to remember what I meant…

    I’m not going to go to Red Lobster, but I’ve used restaurant.com twice for AJ Maxwell Steakhouse and Boutique Eat Shop (both in NYC). The former one is a decent steakhouse, nothing too fancy, but got the job done. On the other hand, BES is a hidden gem. Go there for Saturday or Sunday boozy brunch and relax.

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    which app? can’t find one that includes AA.

  • bitachu

    The only itune app (that I know of) regarding the rewards network is the amex idine program…since the restaurants are the same no matter the program you can just use that one..

  • bitachu

    see 25$ in a single dine is alot different then the combination of dines..although 25$ aint that much i guess

  • Benthelefty

    That sounds more like it! I really appreciate restaurant.com for it’s ability to FIND the hidden gems like BES. It’s another way to get some exposure for the resties on there. Thanks for the tips BigRed…trying to figure out the math but it looks like a big payout!

  • Cobragunner

    TPG, can you sign up for more than one of these programs and receive credit at multiple airline sites when you dine? For example, I sign up with Delta, AA and US Air programs…..go dine at a restaurant that particiates and can I receive triple points? IF not, how does it determine who to award the points to (which program)?

  • Josephmay

    Emailed them and am now registered. So if anyone is still getting “rock” email them.

  • http://twitter.com/trentswanson Trent Swanson

    tx Bitachu.. Also the iphone app “RN Dining” lists all restaurants in the program.. However, upon download it asks which Rewards Network program (AA/SM etc) that the user intends to use the app for.. Unclear why necessary since the rewards network restaurant list does not vary by program

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  • Anonymous

    The Months of Miles Challenge is definitely targeted…my feedback from United was:

    “We’re sorry

    Our records indicate your MileagePlus® account is not eligible for this promotion. For a list of current promotions, please visit your MyPromotions page. “

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  • Simmy Cohen

    Hi just a little confused. Doesn’t your card need to be swiped at the establishment? I.e., if you use your credit card to purchase a groupon certificate, it won’t be recognized by these programs? – Simmy

  • Simmy

    Hi just a little confused. Doesn’t your card need to be swiped at the establishment? I.e., if you use your credit card to purchase a groupon certificate, it won’t be recognized by these programs? – Simmy

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  • Jayson Liddle

    Whew. Just signed up for all of them. Thanks for the great info!

  • Tim

    This may be a dumb question but can you register a credit/debit card for multiple dining rewards plans and receive points for each of them? I’m guessing no but thought I’d ask.

  • Julia

    Rookie question I’m sure…does anyone know if these affect regular points (e.g. Amex Membership Rewards) or if the dollars still count towards a minimum spend on a Citi AAdvantage card w/ sign-up bonus?

  • TPG Intern Ryan

    These are in conjunction with the regular points you would earn with your credit card. So you will still earn the normal Amex points or Advantage points on your Citi card, but you would ALSO receive these.

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  • guest

    It’s called the RN Dining app. :) I have it. It wins!

  • Mike N

    hey TPG, first time post here!!!!!! This may be a silly question, but I just got my AMEX PR Gold card and am looking to also join Delta Skymiles and HH Honors as my primary rewards programs. Is it possible to “doube-dip” when spending? For example, if I shop through the Skymiles shopping site and pay with my AMEX Gold Card do I get both the AMEX points AND the Skymiles?

  • Michael Rasmussen

    United has sweeted its deal. Now you can get 3000 miles for spending $40 or more and writing a review.

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