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…

OpenTable Rewards Swaps Paper Certificates for Gift Cards

This month, OpenTable announced an update to its Dining Rewards Program. Starting on August 25, 2015, members will no longer be able to redeem points for paper dining cheques, but instead will be able to redeem for gift cards valid at participating restaurants. Members were previously able to redeem these paper cheques at most OpenTable restaurants, but now you’ll have…

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…

Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday – 3x Points on Dining

Update: Some offers mentioned below are no longer available. View the current offers here – Chase Sapphire Preferred . 3x Points earned on Dining no longer applies. The sign-up offer for the Chase Sapphire Preferred card has been increased from 40,000 to 50,000 points after $4,000 spent within the first three months. You can earn an additional…

Westin Las Vegas: a Starwood Hotel in the Heart of Sin City

TPG Points and Miles Editor Peter Rothbart visited Las Vegas last month and stayed two nights at The Westin. Here’s his take on this Sin City Starwood property. When I visit Las Vegas, if I’m fortunate enough to be in a window seat on the approach into McCarran airport, I’m always struck by two things. First, I can’t help but…

Chase Sapphire Preferred First Friday + Dining Program Bonus

For those of you who are opting out of the 4th of July BBQ, a reminder that this is the first Friday of the month, which means you can earn 3x points on dining purchases with the Chase Sapphire or Sapphire Preferred cards. And thanks to the annual 7% points dividend on the Sapphire Preferred, earning 3x points really means earning 3.21x points per…

Reminder: Chase First Friday 3X Points on Dining Tomorrow, February 7, 2014

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. Last year, Chase launched a program called First Friday where cardholders of the Sapphire Preferred and Sapphire cards would earn 3X points per $1 at restaurants on the first…

Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining Extended Through 2014

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. Back in April 2013, Chase announced that Sapphire and Sapphire Preferred cardholders would earn 3X points per $1 on dining purchases on the first Friday of every month through…

Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining December 6

It’s already December! And that means that tomorrow is the last first Friday of the month for earning 3X points per $1 on dining when you use your Chase Sapphire Preferred or Sapphire cards at restaurants, where they would normally only earn 2-2.14X points per $1. The bonus works at any restaurant you’d normally earn…

Reminder: Chase Sapphire First Friday 3X Points on Dining October 4

I can’t believe it’s already October and Halloween is right around the corner! It seems like much of the country is enjoying an Indian summer of gorgeous weather, so hopefully many of you are taking advantage by getting out and about, but don’t forget that wherever you are, Friday, October 4, is the first Friday…