Join A Dining Rewards Program for Bonus Miles + Current Sign-Up Bonuses

by on April 22, 2014 · 15 comments

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Dining rewards programs are a great way to double dip on earning miles and points by using a points-earning credit card to pay for meals while also linking it to your airline or hotel program of choice and earn multiple points or miles per dollar on top of that. When you sign-up a new card with a dining rewards program, the sign-up bonus tends to hover around the 500-1,000 mile mark, but Delta is currently offering 2,000 miles with your first dine.

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 4.00.58 PMThis specific bonus offer is open to new SkyMiles Dining members or existing members without a dining profile at the time of registration. 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. To qualify, your profile must originate through one of the links on the promo page. You must register by December 31, 2014, to qualify for this bonus and spend a total of $30 or more (including tax and tip) in one dine at a participating restaurant, bar or club after joining SkyMiles Dining (via the promo link).

You must dine within 30 days of registering for the bonus, and complete a post-dine review within 30 days of your dine. You may earn this bonus one time for a total of 2,000 bonus miles. To be eligible, the dine must occur during a valid reward period and be paid for with a credit or debit card registered in SkyMiles Dining. There is a limit of one Sign Up and Dine Bonus (consisting of one $30 dine) per member. Offer is not combinable with other SkyMiles Dining bonuses.

One of the most convenient aspects of SkyMiles Dining program is that once you have registered the credit cards that you most often eat out on, then you automatically earn points when you use them at member restaurants without having to do anything more than sign the check at the end of your meal. Whenever you sign up for a new credit card, you should also be sure to register it for your dining program of choice as well since you’re likely to be putting a fair amount of spending on it to complete the minimum spending requirements and score the full sign-up bonus of whatever card you sign up for.

You then earn 3-5 miles per $1 you spend at participating restaurants depending on how often you dine out. To reach VIP level and thus 5 miles per $1, you have to have at least 12 qualifying transactions (i.e. dines out at member restaurants) per calendar year.

As I have mentioned before, dining programs can be a great way to double dip by using on a points-earning credit card like the Starwood Amex, or even the category spending bonus points on a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred (2.14X per $1) plus the 3-5 points or miles you earn from your airline or hotel program.

While Delta’s sign up bonus is far more lucrative than most – with the average offering 500-1000 miles at sign up – all of the major airlines have beneficial dining rewards programs that make the meal pay for itself. Here are the current sign-up bonuses for the major airlines and hotels.

Alaska Airlines: Alaska has their own Mileage Plan Dining program. Once enrolled, you will earn up to 5 miles per dollar spent at the participating bars and restaurants. The new member bonus is 500 bonus miles after spending $30 in 30 days once you register.

American Airlines: With the AAdvantage Dining Program, you can earn up to 5 AAdvantage miles for every dollar you spend at your favorite restaurants. Currently, you’ll earn 1,000 miles when you register for the New Member Bonus and create an online profile and spend $40 at participating restaurants within 30 days and complete a dining review within 30 days of your dine.

Southwest Airlines: The Rapid Rewards Dining Program from Southwest’s current sign-up bonus is 300 bonus points after spending $25 within the first 60 days. They also have a First Step Bonus, where once you have racked up 1,500 rewards from dining and completing your reviews, they will give you an additional 500 points as a reward. For full details, click here.

United: The MileagePlus Dining Program is currently offering 1,000 bonus miles when you sign up and spend $30 or more on a single dine at a participating restaurant, bar or club within 30 days.

US Airways: The Dividend Miles Dining program allows you to earn up to 5 US Airways miles for every dollar spent at select bars and restaurants. Currently, the Dividend Miles Dining Program is also offering a bonus of 1,000 bonus US Airways miles for new members.

Hotel chains like IHG also offer dining rewards.

Hotel chains like IHG also offer dining rewards.

It is not just airlines that offer great dining deals – credit cards, hotels and rewards sites all make eating out a points-earner.

Hilton HHonors: The Hilton HHonors Dining program allows you to earn up to 8 Hilton HHonors points for every dollar spent at select restaurants, along with a bonus of 1,000 bonus Hilton HHonors points for new members.

IHG Rewards: The Priority Club Rewards Dining program allows you to earn up to 8 points per dollar spent at select bars and restaurants, and new members can earn 1,000 bonus points.


In addition to signing up for a dining rewards program and using a linked credit card, you can also earn credit  on each restaurant dine through OpenTable, which allows users to make online reservations at over 25,000 restaurants around the world. Unlike booking directly with a restaurant, each online reservation made through OpenTable will earn you points that can then be redeemed for future dining certificates. The “standard” reservation will earn 100 points, while certain restaurants will occasionally offer 1,000 points specials on certain tables at specific times. For detailed instructions on how to make OpenTable reservations and redeem rewards check out this post Maximizing Points on Dining Spend With OpenTable Rewards.

Credit Card Dining Category Bonuses

Another way to maximize the points you earn while dining is to use the right credit card for your purchases and several of the best ones out there earn multiple points per dollar on dining spend.

Chase Sapphire 3X First Friday: Along with earning you 2.14X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on dining with the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire , the Chase Sapphire program has partnered with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining on the first Friday of each month now through the end of 2014 when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards.

Barclaycard Arrival: While the premium Arrival card earns 2X miles per $1 on all purchases, the no-annual-fee Arrival card earns 2X miles per $1 on travel and dining specifically.

Citi ThankYou Preferred: One of the recent changes to this card is that you now earn 2X points per $1 on dining spend.

Sony Card from Capital One: Earn 3 points per dollar on restaurants with no annual fee. Points earned are Sony Rewards points, which can only be redeemed for items from the Sony Rewards Catalog at 1 cent per point.

Hyatt Visa: Earn 2 points per dollar spent at restaurants and you can redeem points at 1.9 cents each. There is a $75 annual fee.

Marriott Rewards Premier: Earn 2 points per dollar at restaurants. There is an $85 annual fee that is waived the first year.

For more information on how to earn miles and points through dining, read my prior posts:

Maximize Monday: The Best Ways To Earn Points On Dining

Maximize Dining Spend: Updated List Of Current Dining Rewards Programs Bonuses

Chase Sapphire Preferred 3X Points On Dining First Friday Monthly

Maximizing Points On Dining Spends With OpenTable Rewards

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  • Eric

    I currently have an AAdvantage dining account which has been great (especially during happy hours where my coworkers pay me cash & I put my card on the tab – with my Chase Freedom 5x) If I decide to switch to a different airline dining program, will I still get that bonus offer?

  • Daniel Robinson Bender

    Can you be signed up in multiple dining programs and get both rewards points for the same restaurant?

  • Barry Franklin

    I received a targeted (?) offer from IHG for 2000 points to join their dining program. If you have the card for the program, whether it is IHG or some other program, you may get an offer in your email.

  • Barry Franklin

    You can be signed up for multiple programs with different cards, but you cannot get two or more different kinds of points with one card/one dine. Once you register an already registered card with a different program it will tell you that you will no longer receive points from the previously registered program. All of these programs are run by the same company, so you can’t get it past them.

  • thepointsguy

    No.. one dining program per card. Though you if wanted to split a check and pay with two cards attached to two separate programs that would be fine.

  • thepointsguy

    Yes.. as long as you haven’t joined that program in the past you can get the bonus- doesn’t matter if your card has been attached to another program

  • carmelsown

    Is that true for all programs? e.g. can I have the same card on an airline AND hotel dining program?

  • thepointsguy

    Yes- you CANNOT double dip, whether it is airline or hotel. One program attached to any credit/debit card at any time. If you try to attach a second, it will automatically unenroll your previous and enroll the new one

  • JakePB

    What about Chase Freedom’s 5x through June 30th? Probably the best card to pair in the short term.

  • Patrick Folger

    Been using AA’s dine program for years. Used to have up to 10x. ( Remember in early 2000′s I bought dinner for 5 at Gladstones and at 10x got like 3k miles. Was sad when the devalued. Still a great program paired with AAeshopping its quite easy to rack up those extra miles

  • Tyler Millard

    So all of this would mean that out of my REI, Skypass (both with US Bank, coincedentally), and Barclay Arrival, only the Barclay and I guess the REI would be eligible, correct?

  • Mary

    So, I was just looking at restaurants offered locally through the hhonors and ihg dining rewards programs and noticed that most of the restaurants are the same with both. So if I sign up with both programs and link the same credit cards with both, when I eat at a restaurant will I get points for both ihg and hhonors and if not, how is the program chosen to get credit?

  • MIkey

    How quick are the IHG dining points posting? I need some points for an award and will just buy some restaurant gift cards if the points post by next week.

  • Chris Vodola

    Are the points earned good as MQMs? I’m chasing status as the year draws to a close!

  • Guest

    What happened to AA’s mileage checking and savings offers? I know the program has gone downhill since they added the monthly fee and reduced the amount of points, but it’s still out there.

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