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American Airlines launched a targeted new promotion for existing members of its dining rewards network called “10,000 Reasons to Party” where members can earn 1,000 bonus AAdvantage miles every time they spend a combined total of $250 at participating restaurants and complete dining reviews within 30 days of the meal now through December 31, 2012. You can earn the bonus up to 10 times for a total of 10,000 bonus miles. Note: though this is a targeted promotion, these are generally pretty open offers, so even if you’re just registering for AA’s dining network now, you might still be able to get in on it and be sent a targeted email after you start dining out.
Register here, and then you must spend a total of $250 or more (including tax and tip) in any combination of dines at participating restaurants, bars or clubs by December 31, 2012. You must also complete your post-dine review(s) for each qualifying dine within 30 days of each dine.
So every time you hit another $250 mark – even if it’s spread over several dines at several different participating restaurants – you’re eligible for another 1,000-mile bonus. Just remember to complete those dining reviews so you qualify for it.
Dining rewards are a great way to double dip on points and miles. For example, when you link a credit or debit card to American’s dining rewards network, you can earn between 3-5 miles per dollar you spend at participating restaurants (3 miles is the base earning, 5 miles is for members who sign up for their email newsletter and complete 12 or more dines per calendar year).
If that credit card is a Chase Sapphire Preferred, you get another 2 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar you spend since that’s one of the card’s bonus spending categories. Even more lucrative, if you have the Chase Freedom card and activated your card to receive the Q3 bonuses of 5 points per dollar on spending at gas stations and restaurants, and you have a Chase checking account through the Chase Exclusives program, you’ll also earn a 10% point bonus on all transactions and a 10-point per-transaction bonus.
So to take an example, let’s say you registered for American’s promotion and your Freedom card is linked to your American dining rewards account. To get to $250, you dined out five times at $50 each. That spending would yield the following point breakdown:
750 AAdvantage miles for base earning (if you’re a VIP member, it would be 1,250 miles at 5 miles per dollar)
1,000 AAdvantage miles bonus
1,250 Ultimate Rewards points with 5x category spend bonus
125 Ultimate Rewards points with the 10% Freedom bonus
50 Ultimate Rewards points with the 10-point per-transaction Freedom bonus
Your total earnings would be 1,750-2,250 AAdvantage miles depending on your VIP status with the dining rewards network; and 1,425 Ultimate Rewards points. You’d be earning between 12.7-14.7 points/miles per dollar. Not bad!
Update: United and Delta are offering similar bonuses as well.
If you’re not a member of your airline’s dining program, see this post for how to sign up and what bonuses each is offering for new members.