Dining Programs

Get Half-Price Meals In Europe This Summer With The Fork

July 11, 2013

As Americans head to Europe in droves for the usual summer high-season, Madrid-based TPG contributor Lori Zaino fills us in on a great website both for finding authentic, quality meals in Spain and France, as well as getting huge discounts off your bill. Ever have that experience where you are traveling in Europe, your kids […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Dining Points July 5

July 5, 2013

Hopefully many of you spent the holiday out and about in the sunshine, hanging out with friends, grilling on the barbecue and all those other fun things that make summer great. But just because it’s a holiday weekend, don’t forget that today, Friday, July 5, is the first Friday of the month, and that means […]

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Earn Bonus Points and Miles with the Thanks Again Rewards Network

June 12, 2013

The Thanks Again Network is a program you can sign up for by registering a credit card which then earns you bonus points and miles for your everyday spending. The program is a combination of a shopping portal and dining network where consumers who register their credit card can earn a variety of reward options. You […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining June 7

June 6, 2013

Update:  As of July 20, 2014, the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card no longer offers the 7% annual points dividend. View the current sign up offer here. On the first Friday of every month, Chase Sapphire partners with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire […]

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Reminder: Chase Sapphire 3X Dining Bonus On First Friday

May 3, 2013

Last week, Chase Sapphire announced it was partnering with OpenTable to offer 3X points per $1 on dining on the first Friday of each month now through the end of 2013 when you pay for a meal with your Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards, which normally earn 2X per $1 at restaurants.  Since today is […]

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Chase Sapphire Preferred 3X Points On Dining First Friday Monthly

April 23, 2013

One of the reasons the Chase Sapphire Preferred is one of my all-round favorite points-earning travel credit cards is the fact that it earns 2X Ultimate Rewards points per $1 on dining (as does the Chase Sapphire). But for all your foodies out there, dining out just became even more lucrative because Chase Sapphire has […]

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Maximizing Points on Dining Spend With OpenTable Rewards

October 31, 2012

TPG Contributor Nick gives us the in and outs about the dining reservation program OpenTable and how you can rack up the points with this program. Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? When it comes to points and miles, one of the easiest ways to maximize value is to take advantage of earning […]

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2,500 Bonus Delta Miles With Dining Rewards

September 19, 2012

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 […]

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

July 31, 2012

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. […]

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Be Smart on Valentine’s Day: Earn a Side of Miles With Your Dine

February 14, 2012

Chances are many of you will be dining out this Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to remind everyone to sign-up for a dining program. These are free, easy ways to earn miles and you get them in addition to the points/miles you get from your credit card. Here are the main programs and their current […]

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18 American Miles Per Dollar and 90% Off Gift Certificates

December 27, 2011

Dining out is expensive, but most of us already know that we can maximize our miles and double dip on dining out by taking advantage of dining programs. However, you can maximize your savings and miles a step further by taking advantage of gift certificates. sells discounted dining certificates for thousands of restaurants […]

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Reminder: Get Points and Miles From Everyday Dining

November 8, 2011

Dining programs are free, easy ways to earn miles. Every single one of your debit and credit cards should be registered to a participating program–if not, take a couple minutes and sign-up for some. Once your credit cards are linked to a program, you’ll automatically earn miles every time you visit a participating restaurant. I […]

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Current Dining Bonuses, including 1,000 free AA, United, US and Delta Miles for New Members

August 17, 2011

If you aren’t currently enrolled in the AAdvantage Dining program, now may be a great time to join. I’ve long extolled the benefits of dining programs – in fact I see no reason not to participate. It’s free miles for doing something we all do – eat. And remember, if you use your Chase Sapphire […]

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And the Winner of Dine With TPG is …

August 11, 2011

Kris who was the only reader to choose Adour by Alain Ducasse at the St. Regis. “I’m going with Adour because it’s one of the 3 listed as ‘Top Class’… TPG strikes me as the type to enjoy ‘the finer things’ in life :)” Well, I do certainly like the finer things in life, but […]

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Reminder – Join a Mileage or Points Dining Program

June 29, 2011

I’ve gotten a bunch of new credit cards recently (thanks to some amazing sign-up bonuses) and it dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t registered them all to a dining program. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Rewards Network is a company that will automatically give you miles […]

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Large Dining Bonuses with United, Delta and US Airways

May 4, 2011

I’m a big fan of dining for miles, since it requires little effort and there are a wide range of restaurants to choose from (at least in New York City). Through June 30, 2011, United, Delta and US Airways Dining are running pretty generous promotions. United is offering a 1,000 mile bonus per $100 spent […]

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500 Free SkyMiles, 1,000 More If You Dine

March 1, 2011

I constantly preach about dining programs, because there’s no reason not to be a part of them. Even if you don’t have any dining establishments in your town, the list constantly changes and there are generally a lot of participating restaurants in bigger cities. That being said, if you sign up for the Delta program […]

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1,000 Free AA or US Miles for Dining Sign-up

February 22, 2011

As I’ve written about before, dining for miles programs are free, easy ways to accrue miles. The best part about these programs is that once your credit/debit card is linked, you automatically get miles posted to your accounts. For example, I went to lunch recently with no idea that the restaurant was a participant in the […]

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Dining for Miles and Points

January 19, 2011

If you currently don’t have every single one of your debit and credit cards linked up to an I-dine program, you are making a huge mistake. There is no cost involved and once your cards are linked, you automatically get miles/points every time you spend money at a participating restaurant/bar. The participating airlines are: America, […]

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