Maximizing Restaurant Spending With Dining Rewards Programs

Dining Rewards Programs are often an overlooked strategy for maximizing points. Many people already have a card like the Chase Sapphire Preferred or Amex Premier Rewards Gold Card, which offer double points on dining, but often you can double-dip and easily earn more points simply by enrolling a program and paying with your registered card when…

What Are the VIP Member Benefits of Airline Dining Programs?

TPG reader Kevin sent me a message on Facebook to ask about dining programs: “Dining programs list special benefits for VIP members, but don’t provide many details. Do you have examples of what extra perks one can expect?” Airline and hotel dining programs are an easy way to boost your rewards for dining purchases. Once you sign up and register your credit card, you’ll earn…

Can I Earn Miles from Two Dining Programs at the Same Time?

TPG reader Eric sent me a message on Facebook to ask about airline dining programs: “If I join the Southwest and United dining programs and register the same credit card with each one, will I earn points/miles with both airlines when I use the registered card on eligible dining expenses?” Dining programs offer an easy way to boost your points…

AA/Delta Dining Program Bonuses, Hilton Category Changes & More

Here’s a roundup of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed: United Reinstates Bermuda-Newark Flights in Low Season Last year United stopped flying to Bermuda during the low season, but the airline announced that it will reinstate nonstop service between Newark and Bermuda starting November 20, 2015. There will be three…

Earn Double SPG Points on Dining Through July 31

Starwood Preferred Guest occasionally offers members multiple points per dollar for dining at participating hotel restaurants. The latest such promotion is called “Spice It Up,” and SPG members can now earn double Starpoints at certain restaurants through July 31, 2015. Here’s how it works: Earn double Starpoints on dining, even when you’re not traveling. You’ll…

80,000 Hilton HHonors Points, Double Alaska Miles, & More

Here’s a round-up of the week’s points, miles and travel industry news you may have missed:  Earn Double Business Extra Points from MIA American Airlines Business Extra members will earn double points when booking a trip from Miami to four new nonstop destinations—Austin (AUS), Kansas City (MCI), Salt Lake City (SLC) or San Antonio (SAT)—from now…

Chase Freedom Bonus Categories Change Next Week

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Freedom Card One of the best features of the Freedom card from Chase is that it offers bonus categories that change each quarter where you can earn up to 5x points per $1 on $1,500 worth of purchases per quarter at…

12 of the Best Chocolate Shops in America

To take advantage of Chase Sapphire Preferred’s lucrative offer of 3x points on dining on the first Friday of every month, we regularly round up the best in food and drink. To get a jump on your February 14/Valentine’s Day sweets shopping, TPG Contributor Michele Herrmann has put together an assortment of artisan chocolate shops across the U.S. where the…

Quadruple-Dip with Points, Miles, & Discounts at Restaurants

I love dining out, and I love it even more when it helps pad my loyalty accounts. Today, TPG Contributor Nick Ewen explains how to combine strategies and earn travel rewards up, down, and sideways for every dollar you spend at restaurants. I often tell friends and family that my award travel addiction hobby is like extreme…