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Be Smart on Valentine’s Day: Earn a Side of Miles With Your Dine

by on February 14, 2012 · 18 comments

in Alaska, American, Delta, Dining Programs, Hilton, Priority Club Rewards, United, US Airways

Chances are many of you will be dining out this Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to remind everyone to sign-up for a dining program. These are free, easy ways to earn miles and you get them in addition to the points/miles you get from your credit card. Here are the main programs and their current bonuses:

American Airlines AAdvantage Dining Program:
New member bonus - join and complete $30 on a single dine within 30 days and get 1,000 extra miles.
Go Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Earn double miles at rotating list of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan Dining:
New Member Bonus: 1,000 miles when you spend $30 on a single dine within 30 days.
Go Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Earn double miles at a rotating list restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Delta Skymiles Dining:
Welcome Bonus: 1,200 miles after $25 spent within the first 30 days.
Go Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Earn double miles at a rotating list of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Southwest Rapid Rewards Dining:
New member bonus: 300 points when you spend $25 on a single dine within 60 days and complete a review within 30 days of meal
First step bonus - earn a 500 mile bonus when your dining point balance reaches 1,500 miles after qualifying dining activities (first step bonus can only be earned once).
Thank you bonus
An additional 300 points every time a member’s dining points balance reaches 1,000 (not including bonus points). Thank you bonus can be earned repeatedly.
Review Bonus: 10 points per bonus completed after a review is completed within 30 days.

United MileagePlus:
Welcome bonus 1,000 miles after a single $50 or more dine within the first 30 days.
Get Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Double miles at a rotating list of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

US Airways Dividend Miles Dining:
New member bonus  1,000 miles after a single $50 or more dine within the first 30 days.
Get Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Double miles at participating restaurants

Hilton HHonors Dining:
New member bonus
: 1,000 points after spending $25 on a single dine within the first 30 days.
Get Ahead Bonus: Extra 2 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Double points at a rotating list of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

Priority Club Rewards Dining:
New member bonus - 1,000 points after spending $30 on a single dine within the first 30 days.
Get Ahead Bonus: Extra 3 miles per dollar spent. Requires $75 in spend and completed reviews.
Double points at a rotating list of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

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  • Guest

    I am about to display the depth of my naivete…Is there any reason not to register my AAdvantage mastercard with the AAdvantage Dining program? Would I only be eligible to earn miles via 1 program or should linking both together net even more miles when we eat at participating restaurants?

  • Anonymous

    There’s no reason not to. You double dip- getting both credit card and dining program points

  • Anonymous

    Can one sign up the same card for multiple dining programs and potentially double or triple dip miles off of the same bill?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/72DVMXPMJQF77TFU3DEGZYLQLI Andrew S

    You cannot have 1 credit crad registered with multiple dining prorams. For example, you cannot register card X with Delta Skymiles Dining and the same card with AA AAdvantage Dining Program. If you try, you will receive an email from the original program stating “You recently registered a credit or debit card you had previously registered with (airline) dining in another dining program operated by Rewards Network. Credit and debit cards can only be registered in one dining program run by Rewards Network at a time. As a result, you will no longer earn rewards through (airline) dining program when you dine and pay with this card. Instead, you will earn rewards through the new program you moved the card to.”

  • Anonymous

    No- each credit card can only be registered to one dining program. If you try to register to multiple it’ll automatically un-enroll you from the last one

  • Tbemille3

    There are a couple of restaurant/bars near me on these programs. Does it count for miles if I have drinks only? Or does food have to be involved? Or do I get miles on the food only part of the bill?

  • Anonymous

    Drinks count too!

  • jkATL

    In my experience, it covers the entire purchase (food or drinks). Occasionally, I will get two separate sets of points for drinks at the bar before dinner and then dinner itself.

  • Tbemille3

    Drinks on me! Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Afkabp Afkabp

    Don’t forget to use the Rewards Network Dining iPhone App and search by your current location to find the closest participating restaurants. It’s free.

  • RJ

    Shouldn’t you be able to register the same card for all programs, and with a single dine earn 10,000+ miles/points?

  • Anonymous

    No. You can register a different card for each program.

  • Kathy K

    I’m going to dinner at a cute french restaurant which I pre-paid for on a google voucher.

    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!

  • Bexho2000

    Just a reminder that you earn miles only on regular price dines – no miles are awarded if you use coupon or any discounts. Been burned a few times … good luck and Happy V Day to the ones who don’t get offended!

  • Kristy
  • Andre LaPlume

    Wonder how they know that. Anyway, on a $40 tab I rather save 20%, as an example, than get 120 miles.

  • http://breadcity.org/ BreadCity

    can you share the link?

  • Will G.

    I’m looking at getting the most recent British Airways rewards card. Would I be able to transfer points to that card from any one of these programs?

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