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I belong to several dining programs (who are all operated by the same company) that award miles for each dollar you spend at participating restaurants. We will earn well over 10,000 miles this year just by participating in dining programs and earning miles for something we would be doing anyway – eatingout . If you don’t already belong to at least one dining program, I highly recommend you look into it. Most of the major airlines have a dining program. You typically earn 3 miles per dollar spent until you have completed 10 dines, at which point you become a “VIP” and earn 5 points per dollar. There are often new member sign-up bonuses that can net some decent miles up front for completing your initial dines at participating restaurants. I personally use United MileagePlus Dining most frequently myself.
Anyway, I recently received several emails informing me of a current “Sweeten the Deal” promotion that would award 3 additional miles per dollar spent at restaurants that award dining miles if you spend $125 through 12/31/11. You must register for the promotion with your favorite dining plan program. I personally saw this offer with United, US Airways, and Southwest, but presume it is available with additional dining programs as well.
You must also review the restaurants you dine at in order to be eligible for the additional 3 miles per dollar. This sounds time consuming, but it is actually super simple and just takes a few seconds. Since this promo is capped at 375 miles (for the $125 you spend), it is hardly an earth-shattering promo, but I can just about guarantee I will spend $125 at participating restaurants between now and the end of the year, so it is very little work for the extra miles in my case. Check your email and/or dining account to see if this deal is available with your preferred dining program!
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