Earn up to 5x Alaska miles on your next restaurant meal
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Dining rewards programs continue to be one of the easiest, lucrative ways to earn miles without leaving your house. Earning miles via travel is no longer possible for most people and banks are tightening rules around credit card approvals. With mileage earnings being restricted in this way, we have to get creative and diversify our earning options. Joining a dining rewards program like Alaska’s Mileage Plan Dining is a great way to do just that.
All you have to do is join, register a card and then watch the miles stack up as you dine at participating restaurants. You’ll even qualify for bonus miles on your first purchase and increase your earn rate when you dine frequently. Here’s everything you need to know about Alaska Airlines’ dining program.
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How to join
Joining Mileage Plan Dining is an easy three-step process. You’ll need to provide your name, contact information and Mileage Plan number. Remember to keep the box checked that indicates you want to earn 3 miles per dollar spent. Of course, this also means you’re opting in to receive emails from the program, but it’s worth it considering since you’ll six times as many miles
This is precisely why I have a separate email account for my banking and frequent flyer accounts. It ensures that my regular inbox isn’t inundated with promotional emails. You might want to do the same if you want to earn maximum rewards with Alaska Dining Plan but are worried about spam.
How to earn miles with Alaska’s dining program
Earning miles with Alaska’s dining program is as simple as signing up and registering a credit or debit card to your account. This allows the program to keep track of your purchases at participating restaurants so you’ll earn Alaska miles every time (more on that later). You can search for participating restaurants by location or even name.
The best approach is to just register a card with the program and not think about it. That way, you’re not adjusting your dining preferences just to earn miles or spending more money to do so. You’ll usually get an email notification from Mileage Plan dining, letting you know your purchase has earned miles, along with an invitation to submit a review.
Mileage Plan membership tiers
Alaska Mileage Plan dining has three membership tiers, earning between 1-5 Alaska miles per dollar spent:
Basic Member – 1 mile per $2 spent
Select Member – 3 miles per $1 spent
VIP Member – 5 miles per $1 spent
You can easily upgrade from Basic to Select membership by opting in to receive email notifications. You can do this during the sign-up process or any other time. As a Select member, you’ll not only earn more Alaska miles but also receive opportunities to earn bonus miles and advance notice of promotions.
Becoming a VIP member requires opting in to receive email notifications and completing 11 qualified transactions in a calendar year. On the 12th transaction, you’ll begin earning 5 miles per $1 spent and qualify for bonus opportunities.
It’s also worth noting that you can join every airline and hotel-affiliated dining reward program out there. However, they’re all part of the same network, so you cannot register the same card with more than one program.
Alaska Mileage Plan first-dine bonus
New members can earn up to 1,000 bonus miles after spending $30 at a participating restaurant within 30 days of joining Mileage Plan dining. You’ll also need to submit a review within 30 days of your visit to earn the first-dine bonus.
Is Alaska Mileage Plan dining worth it?
TPG values Alaska miles at 1.8 cents each, which is the highest of any frequent flyer program. So signing up for Alaska’s dining rewards program is definitely worth it. Not only does it take very little effort, but you’ll get up to a 9% return just by registering your card and using it at participating restaurants.
Keep in mind, this is in addition to the rewards you’ll earn from your credit card – in some cases, you’ll double the rewards you would earn if you just swiped your credit card without signing up for this program. Hands down, Alaska’s dining program is one of the easiest ways to double-dip and automate your mileage earnings.
This is a great way to keep earning miles if you’ve stopped flying due to the pandemic. Many of us are dining out more than ever and programs like this help us make the most of it.
Which cards to use with X dining
I recommend registering a credit card that earns bonus points on dining. This way you’ll earn more than one point per dollar spent on your credit card, in addition to the 1-5x miles you’ll earn through Mileage Plan rewards. Some great credit cards to use at restaurants include the following:
- Citi Prestige® Card – 5x points
- American Express® Gold Card – 4x points at restaurants
- Chase Sapphire Reserve – 3x points
- Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card – 7x points at U.S. restaurants
The information for the Citi Prestige card and Hilton Aspire Amex card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.
Alaska Airlines’ dining rewards program is a great way to keep earning Alaska miles now that the pandemic has limited our options. Dining out and takeout continue to be one of the few fun activities that haven’t been completely shut down. With Alaska’s dining program you can earn up to 5x miles on takeout or on-site dining as long as you pay the restaurant directly rather than using a delivery service like UberEats. Depending on how much you spend, your pandemic-era dining purchases may turn into enough miles for a post-pandemic vacation.
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