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Dining programs can be a great way to double-dip with miles or points. Not only can you earn the points or miles you would normally earn on a co-branded card like the Starwood Amex, or even the double category spending bonus points on a card like the Sapphire Preferred, but you can also earn 3-5 points or miles in your airline or hotel program of choice by linking your credit card to that program’s dining rewards network.
Often, dining rewards network sites offer sign-up bonuses of around 500-1,000 points or miles when you sign-up and then dine out and spend a certain amount of money at a participating restaurant within 30 days of signing up. Right now, however, the Delta SkyMiles dining rewards site is offering a bonus of up to 2,500 miles for new members.
You earn 500 miles when you register for the Fall Bonus and create an online profile. A dining profile includes creating a web login and opting in and remaining opted in to receive emails from SkyMiles Dining with a valid, deliverable email address. Then, when you spend $25 at participating restaurants within 30 days and complete a dining review (which is really minimal) within 30 days of your dine, you’ll earn a further 2,000 miles.
It’s a really simple way to score 2,500 miles, and essentially, you’re purchasing those miles at a cost of 1 cent each by spending the $25 at the restaurants on your linked credit card. You’re actually getting more miles than that since you will earn 3 Delta miles per dollar on the dining itself after you sign up with your card, as well as whatever points/miles you would normally earn on your credit card.
Per the terms and conditions, the offer is only open to new SkyMiles Dining members or existing members without a dining profile at the time of registration – so look at your account and see if you’ve created a profile, and if not, you could rake in the whole amount even if you’re already a member. Not only that, but you can spend the $25 including tax and tip in any combination of dines at participating restaurants, bars or clubs, so you don’t have to do it all in one shot, though you will have to complete a review of all the places you do dine. The final thing to note: you must register at the Fall Bonus link by October 1.
I haven’t found similar offers on the other dining rewards networks sites, but if any readers know of them in other programs, please share the links in the comments below!