Targeted Offer: Up To 10,000 Bonus American Miles for Dining Out

by on July 31, 2012 · 20 comments

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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.

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  • James

    I was targeted for 15K total. 1,500 per $250 spent but must be completed by Sept 31st. So I guess they’re sending out different offers to different people.

  • Paul

    I got the same offer for Delta Skymiles Dining.

  • Leslie Harvey

    United just emailed the exact same offer, so you can pick your airline on this promo!

  • Rob Perelman

    Tried it with my AA dining account, and I was denied.

    “Sorry, you are not eligible for this bonus. Please review the Bonus Details.”

  • Larry

    I also got the 1500 miles per $250 from United “Step up to the Plate Bonus” it’s called. Up to 15,000 miles.

  • Forwardtosarah

    I got this exact offer from Delta as well.

  • JL

    Tried to register, told I was not eligible.

  • Joshua

    I’m wondering if RN just randomly chooses one program to promote this bonus program if someone were registered in multiple programs…I have cards registered in AAdvantage, Skymiles, and MileagePlus (with the former two being more frequented…) but only received an e-mail for United.

  • Kyle

    Was told I was not eligible in either AA or UA. Thumbs down

  • Carberrie

    I received the AA email about the bonus.

    I just tried registering for the UA bonus but was told I don’t qualify… I guess I’ll be dining for AA miles and not UA miles!

  • pilot

    The restaurants the dining program partners with in my area are not any good, so i am using Freedom for 5x at restaurants of my choice, also the citi american airlines for 3x at restaurants.

  • Marty dee

    I got it for my alaska airlines mileage plan dining. Not for any of the others. 10k max 1k for every $250.00 spent

  • Ozaer Shah

    wow..thats a lot of eating out…could get $$$ in this economy….I guess this promo isnt for me, thats fo’ sho’

  • travelerthe

    Which citi AA card is this? Haven’t heard of the 3x on dining.

  • David


  • pilot

    I received an email to register, i do not think it is targeted, call citi to find out, i registerd all 4 cards, AAdavntage visa and amex -personal-business not elegible- for me and my wife. Similar to Freedom, bonus categories at 3x for gas stations, restaurants, supermarkets , drug stores etc for the current quarter.

  • The Traveler

    Ah, yes, now I remember hearing about this, thanks. It seems to be targeted. Alas, as a fairly recent Citi AA holder, I was not invited.

  • Scott McMillan

    Same, I got the AA offer but for 15k total

  • Scott McMillan

    This is not a Citi offer at all. This is an offer for members of American Airlines Dining Program. You can sign up for free and then link your Citi AA card to double dip your earnings, you can link up to 3 different credit cards. Like Brian when not chasing a spend target for a new bonus I use my Chase Sapphire card so I diversify my posts and earn AA miles as well as Ultimate Rewards points.

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